Lead Therapist (Intensive Outpatient)

Philadelphia 19147, Pennsylvania

JoB Description

Mazzoni Center is seeking a skilled clinician for the full-time lead Intensive Outpatient (IOP) therapist position in the behavioral health program. The therapist will provide comprehensive LGBTQ group and individual substance abuse recovery focused treatment with an adult population in an outpatient setting; also, a family therapy component with this population will be required. IOP program planning and outreach to assist in treatment efficacy and to help build attendance in the IOP will also be expected. The IOP therapist will be expected to use advanced knowledge in addiction assessment and treatment for individuals with alcohol and drug dependency and abuse concerns.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Conduct clinical assessments, including gathering relevant information with regard to history, symptoms and behavioral patterns; and, evaluate the nature and extent of alcohol and substance use.
  • Develop a comprehensive treatment plan in accordance with best practice standards for an IOP designed for individuals struggling with addiction that includes -- a psycho educational component, appropriate homework/work sheet assignments and any other means of engaging individuals in the treatment of addictive behaviors, objectives, specific interventions, individual strengths and challenges, and appropriate diagnoses; when necessary, note step down recommendations (transfers, discharges). Treatment plan to be updated weekly. Must also include any progress over time.
  • Assist in developing curriculum to build program and insure treatment efficacy.
  • Facilitate effective therapeutic interventions in group, family and individual sessions, as directed by the goals laid out in the treatment plan; and must effectively engage clients using comprehensive plan.
  • Will identify potential areas of crises and plan accordingly in a timely manner; manage crises calmly and effectively as well. Also, respond to any afterhours emergencies. This will need to include the identification of potential crises such as SI/HI and interpersonal conflicts within a group dynamic, as well as development and implementation of a prevention plan.
  • Develop and implement comprehensive targeted community and venue-based outreach plan to increase program attendance.
  • Develop annual professional development plan with an emphasis on substance use and addiction treatment skills building.
  • Maintain accurate and timely documentation in compliance with contract, funder and agency requirements, including progress notes, treatment plans and assessments. This is to be accomplished within the 40 hour work week.
  • Provide administrative support by compiling program data, preparing reports, and therapeutic/activity resource material.
  • Work in collaboration with a generalist social worker who will provide supportive services. Also, work with the larger multi-disciplinary outpatient team – psychiatrist, individual therapist and Certified Recovery Specialist.
  • Coordinate care with other internal and external service providers as necessary to enhance the effectiveness of client care.
  • Ensure demographic and service encounter data is input into Athena and Careware systems in timely standards.
  • Be punctual and professional at all times, especially when representing the agency at off-site locations.
  • Protect client and agency information at all times, adhering to agency Confidentiality Policy, HIPAA and Pennsylvania Act 148 as well as other laws governing privacy/disclosure.
  • Participate in clinical supervision as scheduled, attend departmental meetings as scheduled and attend monthly general staff meetings.
  • Maintain credentialing with insurance companies, including CAQH.
  • Work flexible hours, including evenings. Also, possible Saturday hours as program expands.
  • Perform other related duties as required.



  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution with a focus/major in psychology, social work, or counseling.
  • Minimum 1 year post-graduate direct drug and alcohol recovery service experience (IOP/inpatient setting preferred).
  • Professional license active in PA (must have an LCSW).
  • Must be culturally competent to work with groups from diverse racial, educational, socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientations and gender identities.
  • Knowledge of and experience with managed care/funding sources preferred.
  • Strong clinical assessment and group therapy skills.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; attention to detail. Strong organizational skills; and computer literacy.
  • Ability to work independently and effectively, taking initiative, to meet deadlines.
  • Must work well with a multi-disciplinary team.



To Apply: Please submit letter of interest along with resume/CV to Patricia Dunne, HR Director at Mazzoni Center via email at [email protected]

Interested candidates should be passionate about clinical work with the LGBTQ population, the mission of Mazzoni Center, and be eager to learn and expand their skills. Mazzoni Center welcomes applications from candidates reflective of diversity of experience, background and/or service, especially people of color.

Contact: Human Resources Director Patricia Dunne

E-Mail: [email protected]

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