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 meetings.
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 paraprofessionals
Must be a Ugandan national
Preferred education, experience, certificates, licenses or registrations
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 paraprofessionals
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 infrastructure.
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 amenities.
Demonstrated flexibility to adapt to changing program requirements, client needs and political climate.
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word and Excel)
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.