Mental Health Services Program Coordinator

Full-time / 37.5 hours per week

Please submit a cover letter, resume and two references with contact information to by February 20, 2017.

Clinical provider responsibilities include:

  • Address the psychosocial needs of asylum seekers and torture survivors by conducting intakes, providing individual and group psychotherapy and performing suicide and crisis assessment and intervention.
  • Prepare forensic evaluation based on clinical interview and psychological screening instruments for torture survivors to be submitted as part of their evidence for their asylum applications. Provide expert testimony for federal immigration court after conducting diagnostic psychological assessments and writing psychological reports integrating records, clinical interview and psychological testing. 
  • Manage mental health program: provide oversight on psychotherapy and mental health referral program. 
  • Work closely with legal, advocacy and social services teams
  • Provide individual psychotherapy utilizing culturally appropriate strength-based and trauma-informed strategies.
  • Supervise and train graduate interns and externs on culturally-competent and trauma-informed psychotherapy for asylum seekers and refugees.
  • Cultivate partnerships with local agencies providing services to survivors of torture as needed.
  • Prepare content, conduct outreach and trainings in the D.C. area to mental health providers and legal professionals regarding culturally sensitive and trauma-informed care of survivors of torture and refugees.
  • Track and report on the progress of clients for funders including the United Nations, U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement and other funders as needed.
  • Execute the proper implementation of all mental health related projects funded by ORR and other sources in compliance with the terms and conditions of the grant. 
  • Attend and participate in meetings as required, including regular weekly staff meeting, clinical staff meeting and other meetings necessary to carry out the mission of the organization.
  • Organize and lead monthly Communities of Healing
  • Develop procedural manuals and other materials for the program. 
  • Performs other indirect service activities that may include: data gathering, monthly reporting, proposal writing, developing outreach materials, and other work as assigned by the Executive Director.

Position Requirements:

  •  Shall have a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or (Psy.D.) degree in clinical or counseling psychology from an APA accredited psychology program, or a Licensed Clinical Social Work degree  (LlCSW or LCSW), or a licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).
  • Have and maintain a current license to practice in the District of Columbia.
  • Must have a minimum of five-year’s experience as a mental health provider with trauma and immigrant populations.
  • Demonstrated supervisory experience of graduate interns and staff. Ability to train, mentor and develop a space which encourages self-care.
  • Experience with program design and project management.
  • Knowledge of the principles and techniques of administrative management.
  • Familiarity with methods of research and analysis.
  • Ability to manage competing priorities and adhere to strict deadlines.
  • Appreciation for an interdisciplinary and strengths-based approach to counseling.
  • Experience conducting forensic evaluations.
  • Ability to assess and appropriately handle mental health emergencies. 
  • Multicultural sensitivity and ability to provide culturally responsive services to a diverse immigrant population.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with interpreters.
  • Ability to provide direct service to many individuals each day with compassion and positive energy.

Additional Requirements:

  • Flexibility
  • Sense of humor
  • Resourcefulness
  • Ability to function both independently and as part of a team
  • Strong organizational and communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Personal integrity in handling ethically complex and confidential situations
  • Self-motivated and comfortable working in stressful situations
  • Strong research and analysis skills
  • Trauma-informed and sensitive listening and communication skills
  • Committed to learning about the effects of torture on survivors, families and communities
  • Utmost level of confidentiality and sensitivity in working with survivors of torture
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Fluency in a second language a plus