Lead Clinician


Pittsburgh, PA, USA


US$48k+ (annually)

Counseling/Social Work

Full time


Nov 14

Overview: POWER's mission is to help women reclaim their lives from addiction and related emotional health issues and improve the well-being of future generations. We are an agency committed to quality gender-responsive, trauma-informed care to women with substance use and co-occurring disorders. All of POWER’s programs reflect the lives of women and address the issues that matter most to them. 

The Lead Clinician, who is a member of the Treatment Team, provides clinical supervision to Therapists/Counselors and select staff/interns, and provides clinical oversight and consultation to all members of the Treatment Team. The Lead Clinician will also carry a caseload and provide direct care to clients including individual, group and family therapy. The Lead Clinician will work closely with the Director and Psychiatrist to provide leadership and clinical direction for the program. The Lead Clinician will participate in POWER’s management team. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

Lead Clinician Responsibilities

  •  Function autonomously and utilize appropriate judgment in the analysis and problem solving of day-to-day, as well as crisis, situations. 
  •  Train new clinical staff and interns. 
  •  Meet regularly with and provide clinical supervision to Therapists/Counselors and other staff as assigned. 
  •  Approve all documentation within required timeframes for all assigned staff. 
  •  Evaluate clinical staff and work in collaboration with Manager to complete Performance Reviews. 
  •  Facilitate Case Consultations. 
  •  Work with Director to structure an environment that supports gender-responsive and trauma-informed care and promotes the core values of POWER. 
  •  Facilitate completion of Annual Training Surveys/Individual Training Plans, assess clinical training needs of staff and review results with Manager. 
  •  Assist Director with ensuring continuous quality improvement and monitor compliance with Department of Drug and Alcohol Program Licensure and all other State, County and regulatory and funding requirements. 
  •  Recommend updates to Program Manual and other policies and procedures. 
  •  Models and supports clients and staff in health and wellness activities and with using healthy coping skills. 

Therapist Responsibilities:   

  •  Conduct screening and assessments, utilizing ASAM criteria, to determine the appropriate level of care. Based on the assessments, refer clients to the appropriate treatment programs and agencies. 
  •  Conduct comprehensive bio-psychosocial assessments, which drive treatment planning. 
  •  Together with clients, help to identify needs and develop individualized treatment plans that reflect client’s goals and objectives. Review and update Treatment Plans as necessary. 
  •  Provide individual and group therapy. 
  •  Provide family education and counseling. 
  •  Provide substance use and mental health education and facilitate psycho-educational groups as needed. 
  •  Work with the program psychiatrist and external prescribers to ensure that clients’ behavioral health needs are being addressed and help to facilitate and integrate the psychiatrist/doctor recommendations. 
  •  As a member of the treatment team, using a strength-based and trauma-informed approach, works collaboratively with the clients and other treatment team members (internal and external) to help support clients in their treatment and recovery. 
  •  Be knowledgeable about and remain in compliance with internal and external policies, procedures, regulations, and standards; including, for example, all of POWER’s policies and procedures and Quality Assurance Plan, DDAP requirements, State Licensing standards, County Monitoring requirements, and managed care regulations. 
  •  Complete all paperwork within required timeframes and maintain quality, up-to-date clinical records.   
  •  Participate in all staff development and training as required. 


  •  Master’s Degree in Counseling, Social Work or related field, and a minimum of 3 years of clinical experience in a human service setting; or Bachelor’s Degree in Counseling, Social Work or related field, and a minimum of 5 years of experience in a human services setting; or combination of comparable skills, experience and education. 
  •  LCSW/LPC licensure preferred, full PCB certification (CADC, CCS, CAADC) is also acceptable.  
  •  Personal recovery experience not required, however, knowledge of recovery support systems and 12-Step programs preferred. 
  •  Experience in a women-centered treatment environment or with gender-responsive care preferred. 
  •  Experience with trauma-informed services, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapies, including DBT, preferred. 
  •  Understands and supports a trauma-informed system of care 
  •  Effective interpersonal and engagement skills. 
  •  Self-directed and flexible to meet the needs of staff, clients and management. 
  •  Strong organizational and time-management skills. 
  •  Excellent written and verbal communication skills. 
  •  Ability to support the agency’s mission and philosophy and demonstrate sensitivity to cultural diversity and workplace harmony. 
  • Value for and ability to deliver excellent customer service. 
  •  Willing to be on-call as needed to meet the needs of clients and staff. 
  •  Good computer skills; experience with an EMR system required. 
  •  Ability to obtain FBI, Act 33 and 34 Clearances. 
  •  Valid PA driver’s license. 

 Working Conditions:  

  • Ability to work in POWER’s various program sites and offices. 
  • Ability to work the hours necessary to complete the work. 
  • Ability to climb stairs and lift light boxes. 


  • Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to do this job at any time. 
  • This job description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions; it does not restrict or prescribe the tasks that may be assigned. 
  • Critical features of this job have been described in the narrative. They may be subject to change at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons. 

 POWER is an equal opportunity employer and provider 

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