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Intensive Outpatient Services Lead Counselor - Flexible Schedule

Durham, North Carolina
USD52,000 to USD56,000
Job Type
19 May 2023
Intensive Outpatient Services Lead Counselor - Full Time - Durham County

$1,500 sign on bonus!

This is a unique opportunity to be a part of building our Durham County Outpatient Services team! The perfect fit for this role is a natural leader with a passion for supporting others while developing their own personal & professional skills!

As our full-time Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) Lead Counselor, you will provide oversight and support to the IOP clinical team to ensure compliance with federal, state, and SouthLight organizational guidelines. This role has many elements, including strategic growth of the program, assurance of quality and clinical service provision, direct member care, administrative oversight, and development and management of staff.

You will work closely with Durham service providers, our Intake and Administration team, and other internal programs to best support the clinical team and its members. This role creates an exciting opportunity to build partnerships in the community and collaborate with other organizations in an effort to establish an efficient program. You will lead groups and conduct assessments in an abbreviated capacity to allow time for oversight and support of IOP clinicians - we believe in a well-balanced work flow!


Flexible, daytime hours!


Starting pay for this role is $52,000 - $56,000 annually, based on licensure and experience.

+ $1,500 sign on bonus!


Being a part of a non-profit behavioral health organization has some unique benefits, along with our incredible health insurance options. Working here at SouthLight, you will be able to make a difference in people's lives every day, and know that you are a part of inspiring positive change in your community.

You will be eligible for medical benefits the first of the month following your first 30 days. We have options for a standard plan, as well as an HSA with a $300 initial contribution and up to a $25 per paycheck match. You would receive 10 paid holidays as well as PTO hours which would accrue at a rate of 10 hours per month. After 6 months you would be eligible to enroll in our 401(k) plan which has a 4% match. We also provide company paid life insurance, short- and long-term disability, in house and paid training opportunities, and paid credentialing. SouthLight is also eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF).

We are excited to offer an additional benefit of Clinical Supervision Reimbursement. We will provide a monthly reimbursement of up to $200 (full-time) or $100 (part-time) to each associate level clinician electing this benefit for no more than 2 years, or until licensure is completed, whichever is first. Licensures eligible to receive this benefit include LCSWA, LCMHCA, LMFTA, LPA, LCASA, and CADC.

Job Responsibilities of an Intensive Outpatient Services Lead Counselor

Provide mentorship, clinical supervision, training, and guidance to the IOP clinical team to ensure best practice, adherence to productivity standards, timely and quality documentation standards.
Provides office and community-based screening, assessments, and evaluations
Serve as point of contact for referrals and manage distribution of clients to IOP clinical team dependent on expertise, treatment plan, payer source and group availability.
Conducts weekly team meeting/case conceptualization
Manage and track timely submission of authorizations, person-centered plans and comprehensive crisis plans by the IOP clinical team.
Participate in HR and Executive Leadership sponsored "Leadership Development Activities".
Coordinate with AOS Program Manager on clinical staff performance evaluations and expectations, including hiring and terminations.
Demonstrates a willingness to provide coverage as needed, including coverage for the First Responder phone.

Qualifications of an Intensive Outpatient Services Lead Counselor

Education and Experience

Masters level degree in Counseling or Social Work from an accredited institution
3+ years of experience working in outpatient community mental health/substance use treatment setting
Knowledge and experience with IOP
Experience conducting comprehensive clinical assessments
Familiar with service definitions, CARF and NC Licensing rules and regulations


Fully-licensed clinician (LCAS)

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Ability to:
Organize resources and establish priorities
Impact operational efficiency
Oversee a team of IOP clinicians and provide clinical supervision
Oversee timely and accurate documentation
Hold clinical team responsible for guidelines as outlined by CARF, other national, state and local standards, and best practice.
Working knowledge of EHR
Ability to network with other internal programs and external community stakeholders.

About SouthLight Healthcare

Tap into your passion at SouthLight Healthcare. Build your career in an environment where your voice, passion and work matters every day. At the core of SouthLight is a commitment to our values, our employees and clients. We strive to be an organization where every colleague can contribute and excel. We are an equal opportunity employer and committed to building a culture that values diversity and inclusion. SouthLight offers competitive opportunities and a robust benefits package.

Founded in 1970, SouthLight Healthcare is one of the area's largest and long-established nonprofit providers of substance use treatment and mental health services. With outpatient and community-based programs, SouthLight provides prevention, education and treatment services in the Triangle and beyond. SouthLight has multiple office locations throughout the Triangle area, serving more than 9,000 clients each year. Services include adult outpatient counseling, Intensive Outpatient Program, Psychiatric Services and Medication Management, Opioid Treatment Program, Court Deferral Program, Peer Support Services, Family Centered Treatment, Community Support Team and a residential treatment program for women and children and more.

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  • Job Reference: 1010170783-2
  • Date Posted: 19 May 2023
  • Recruiter: SouthLight Healthcare
  • Location: Durham, North Carolina
  • Salary: USD52,000 to USD56,000
  • Sector: Healthcare & Medical
  • Job Type: Permanent