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Employment Type: Part-Time
  • Lancaster County
Program/Department: Substance Use Disorder Outpatient Services


We are seeking a Substance Use Disorder Intensive Outpatient Therapist to join our growing team!

Status: Part-time position, with the option to transition into Full-time if desired. No on-call responsibilities, and no weekend responsibilities. We have two positions available. The hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 5 pm to 8 pm or Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 1 pm – 4 pm.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Full time outpatient therapists will be required to work a 40-hour work week, with an expectation of 28 billable hours per week.  IOP Clinicians are expected to have a caseload of 15 clients, 10 must be IOP clients. Employees are expected to have IOP three days per week for 3 hours, 1 hour of individual therapy for these IOP clients, and provide family sessions to IOP clients that wish to have them.
    • Conduct therapeutic, goal-directed treatment sessions with clients on a consistent treatment schedule.
    • Facilitate and/or Co-Facilitate Groups. Groups include and are not limited to: DUI, Outpatient SUD, Outpatient Co-Occurring, Educational, Family, etc.
    • Complete medical record documentation on each client at each visit as indicated in the DDAP licensing regulations and MCO contracts.  Complete and document service authorizations, treatment plan updates, case consults, case management responsibilities, and other required documentation as dictated by DDAP, SCA Contracts, MCO contracts, and all other contracted insurance providers.
    • Attendance at all mandatory and scheduled trainings, supervisions*, and staff meetings.  Report to SUD Facility Director on a regular basis to ensure consistency and quality of care.

(* Mandated Attendance at WEEKLY SUPERVISION to address:  progress of active clients; review results of employee evaluations; monitor education and training requirements; review changes in paperwork requirements and/or P&P’s; and other relevant concerns.)

  • Maintain professional boundaries and behavior, as specified by the TW Ponessa & Associates Code of Ethics/Conduct and the PCP Code of Ethics, during interactions with all staff and clients.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality and client rights in accordance with TW Ponessa & Associates P&P Manual, 4 PA Code Subsection 255.5 State Regulation, the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA), the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Non-Discriminatory Policy.
  • Comply with all expectations and obligations regarding Mandated Reporting of sexual and physical abuse of minors.
  • Acquire 25 hours per year of DDAP approved training.
  • submit all requests for trainings to SUD Facility Director
  • submit copies of certificates of completion with training feedback forms directly to SUD Facility Director
  • submit yearly projected training outline to SUD Facility Director at the start of each fiscal year
  • Other duties as assigned by Supervisor.


The minimal educational level for this position is a Master’s Degree found in the DDAP Chapter 704, Staffing Requirements for SUD Treatment Activities, sub-section 704.7:

  • Master’s Degree from an accredited college with a major in medicine, chemical dependency, psychology, social work, counseling, nursing or other related field, which includes a practicum in a health or human service agency, preferable in Substance Use Disorder setting.  If the practicum did not take place in a drug and alcohol setting, the individual’s written training plan shall specifically address a plan to achieve counseling competency in chemical dependency issues.  A MASTER’S DEGREE IS REQUIRED.
  • License (LSW, LCSW, LPC, LMFT) or Certification (CADC, CAADC) is required. If you do not have a license or certification, you must actively be working on obtaining it within 3-5 years of employment.

In addition to the aforementioned required Master degree, it is preferred that the individual holding the position of Counselor shall possess, at hire:

  • One uninterrupted year of employment as a Counselor or Counselor Assistant at a DDAP licensed treatment facility;
  • One of the available Pennsylvania Certification Board’s credentials for an Addictions Counselor;
  • DDAP Completion of Training Certificates* for:  HIV, Confidentiality, ASAM, Addictions 101, Case Management Overview, Screening & Assessment, TB/STD’s, Motivational Interviewing

*If not in possession of listed training certificates, ALL outstanding certificates WILL be acquired within the first 365 days/one year of hire

Clearances: (Prospective employee must have the following clearances before servicing clients.) 1. PA State Child Abuse Clearance (Upon hire, before working with clients, and every year thereafter) 2. Pennsylvania State Criminal Background Check (Upon hire, before working with clients, and every year thereafter) 3. FBI Clearance

Benefits: T.W. Ponessa & Associates Counseling Services, Inc. offers a competitive Employee Benefit Package to all eligible employees after 90 days of full-time employment, including Health Insurance, Dental and Vision Coverage, Voluntary Benefits, paid time off, and paid holidays. Part-time employees are also eligible to enroll in Dental, Vision, and Voluntary Benefit plans, after 90 days of part-time employment, working a minimum of 15 hours/per week. In addition, employees can participate in our optional 401 K Program with matching, and access discounts provided in the Employee Perks Reward Program. Employee’s can also take advantage of our Tuition Discount Program, offering tuition discounts through strategic partnerships to local Colleges and Universities.

Substance Use Disorder Loan Repayment Program: T.W. Ponessa & Associates is a substance use disorder (SUD) loan repayment program (LRP) approved practice site, offering educational loan repayment to practitioners who provide behavioral health care and treatment for substance use disorder and opioid addiction within a designated region. Loan repayment is provided for practitioners in exchange for two years of past service and a commitment to two additional years of full-time or half-time service. Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors, Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselors, PA-Cs, CRNPs, Psychologists, LCSWs, LSWs, and LPCs can receive up to $60,000 of educational loan repayment for a full-time service commitment and/or up to $30,000 of educational loan repayment for a half-time commitment.

Join our team as we continue helping people back into the swing of life!

How to Apply for Employment

Interested applicants should submit the following documents:

  • Employment application
  • Résumé with cover letter
  • Evidence of Degree (Official Transcript and Copy of Diploma)
  • PA Criminal History Clearance (Act 34) - Follow the instructions to "Submit a New Record Check" online using a credit card
  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 151) - If you have a legible copy of the child abuse history clearance dated January 1 or later of this year, bring it with you or go to to request your clearance online. A paper copy will be mailed to you automatically but you can also receive an emailed copy. This option is much faster than mailing in your request. The cost of this clearance is $13.00
  • FBI Criminal History - Follow the instructions, and enter service code 1KG738
  • Mandated Reporter Training Certificate

Please email your coverletter and resume to: or mail/fax to:
TW Ponessa & Associates Counseling Services, Inc.
410 N. Prince St.
Lancaster, PA 17603
(717) 735-1901

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