Fresher Associate Psychotherapist / Trainer US Non-profit Jobs – Center for Victims of Torture (CVT)

Organisation: Center
for Victims of Torture (CVT)
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Field
About US:
The Center for
Victims of Torture (CVT) is headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA and is a
humanitarian non-governmental organization that provides mental health
rehabilitation to refugees around the world. In Uganda, CVT provides mental
health rehabilitation services to survivors of LRA-inflicted torture and violent
trauma; provides on-site mental health clinical mentoring and supervision to
counselors in partner NGOs; and works to build a network of mental health
service providers in northern Uganda.
Job Summary:  The Associate Psychotherapist/Trainer will
build the capacity of psychosocial counselors to provide mental health services
to torture and war trauma survivors. This position will oversee and coordinate
delivery of mental health interventions for adult and children survivors in
affected communities, in the form of individual and group therapy. In addition,
the position will liaise with other NGOs, universities and local organizations.
The Associate Psychotherapist/Trainer will report to the Clinical Advisor for
Mental Health and will receive mentorship from the Psychotherapist/Trainer.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Psychotherapy Oversight: 
    Oversee and coordinate mental health assessments and interventions,
    and serve as a mentor or co-therapist with Psychosocial Counselors (PSCs)
    in individual and group settings to model assessment and treatment methods
    that are both culturally relevant and empirically supported.
  • Clinical Supervision and Training: 
    Provide frequent, systematic individual and group clinical
    supervision, including case discussions, live supervision, and self-care
    components to PSCs. Design and carry out training programs, including
    didactic training sessions, mentoring, modeling and systematic, close
    supervision for counseling staff. Continually assess the development of
    staff and adapt training and coaching accordingly.  Design and carry out external training
    programs for local mental health professionals, including formal training
    sessions, mentoring, modeling and clinical supervision. Receive clinical
    supervision from Clinical Advisor on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.
  • Staff Management:  working in
    conjunction with the Psychotherapist/Trainer, build and maintain a strong
    and cohesive clinical team. Coordinate workflow, resources and priorities;
    and facilitate communication across the team. Hire, coach, mentor and
    develop staff members through ongoing feedback as well as formal
    performance management systems. Coordinate and facilitate clinical team
  • Community Assessment:  Mentor
    PSCs to complete needs assessments, sensitizations, and psychoeducation in
    affected communities in order to identify target populations, and to
    determine appropriate mental health interventions for people who have been
    tortured and/or traumatized by war.
  • Partner Relations and Collaboration: Develop and maintain strategic
    relationships with community leaders, university representatives and NGO
    partners in order to facilitate achievement of program goals. Coordinate
    services with other organizations and provide training to these
    organizations to better address the needs of identified client populations
  • Reporting:  Contribute to the
    writing, review and submission of regular reports regarding clinical and
    training activities.
  • Program Evaluation:  With
    country team and in consultation with research department staff, participate
    in the design and implementation of program evaluation.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant must hold an advanced degree in psychology,
    counseling, clinical social work or related field
  • Two years of experience providing individual and group psychotherapy
    to trauma survivors
  • One year of experience supervising mental health professionals and
  • Must be a Ugandan national
  • Preferred education, experience, certificates, licenses or
  • Certification or licensure as a psychologist or psychotherapist
  • Extensive experience providing individual and group psychotherapy to
    adults, adolescents, families and torture and SGBV survivors.
  • 5 years of experience supervising mental health professionals and
  • Experience working in the field of torture treatment
  • Experience working in humanitarian settings, including refugee camps
    or refugee settlements
  • Experience working with interpreters and/or as an interpreter
  • Understanding of and extensive experience implementing culturally
    appropriate mental health interventions, including individual, group and
    community-based approaches for people who have suffered torture and trauma
    in various contexts.    
  • Understanding of and experience developing curricula and providing tailored
    training for mental health counselors on counseling approaches,
    sensitization on the effects of trauma and war, and designing culturally
    and contextually appropriate therapeutic interventions.
  • Experience training varying levels of mental health workers,
    including psychologists with graduate degrees and supervision
    responsibilities and paraprofessionals with no or limited prior exposure
    to mental health work; and demonstrated ability to provide them with
    on-the-job coaching, supervision, and support to ensure continuous
    capacity building and no harm to the clients.
  • Demonstrated cultural sensitivity in professional environments,
    ideally in mental health care.
  • Experience working in environments with limited resources and
  • Skilled at carrying out program needs assessments, program
    development and program evaluation.
  • Strong organizational skills and experience initiating systems for
    the efficient workflow of a team.
  • Skilled at working as a member of a team, as well as managing a team
    and supporting positive dynamics.
  • Flexibility and adaptability to work in environments with limited
    resources and infrastructure and in an isolated environment lacking in
  • Demonstrated flexibility to adapt to changing program requirements,
    client needs and political climate.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word and
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communications skills
  • Fluency in English required. Fluency in languages spoken in northern
    Uganda desirable.
  • Ability to travel by car for 2-4 hours per day on rough roads.
  • Interest in or commitment to international human rights.
How to Apply:
All qualified
candidates are encouraged to apply online by clicking on the link below.
Deadline: 24th May 2019
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