Clinical Advisor for Mental Health

  • St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Full-time
  • US-Based Positions

The Center for Victims of Torture is hiring a Clinical Advisor for Mental Health to provide clinical leadership and support across two types of projects: capacity-building projects working with independent organizations and CVT-run international clinical projects.


In capacity-building projects, the Clinical Advisor provides clinical programmatic oversight, training and clinical consultation to independent torture treatment organizations based in various locations globally. The Clinical Advisor guides implementation of clinical capacity-building goals  by supporting clinical supervisors and staff of local organizations; supervises psychotherapist/trainers; develops curriculum and conducts training both in-person and web-based; conducts program monitoring and evaluation activities; and collaborates with other project team members.


In a CVT-run clinical project, the Clinical Advisor provides direct clinical supervision, clinical program oversight, and mentoring and support for psychotherapist/trainers with the goal of strengthening CVT’s interdisciplinary trauma rehabilitation program for refugee survivors of torture and other human rights atrocities. 

Start date:       Immediately

Reporting to:  International Services Program Manager

Location:         Headquarters office in St. Paul, MN is our preference, and we are open to considering qualified candidates who will work remotely. Regardless of locaiton, regular travel to field sites is an important component of this position.



The Center for Victims of Torture works toward a future in which torture ceases to exist and its victims have hope for a new life. We are an international nonprofit dedicated to healing survivors of torture. We offer rehabilitation services to those who have been tortured, train partners around the world who can prevent and treat torture, and advocate for human rights and an end to torture. We are headquartered in Minnesota, and we have US offices in Atlanta and DC, as well as offices in Africa and the Middle East.



  • Hiring and Clinical Supervision: Participate in the hiring process for psychotherapist/trainers who work in international programs. Participate in orientation before departure to the field. Conduct ongoing clinical supervision. Complete annual performance review. Assist in professional development planning by recommending training, readings and other opportunities. Provide confidential debriefing to ensure employees are coping with the work and living conditions. 


  • Consultation and Training: Oversee methods for knowledge-sharing and skill-building by developing and/or collaborating on the creation of clinical curriculum on treatment for trauma survivors. Conduct trainings in person, web-based and at workshops. Document curriculum and develop manuals.


  • Oversight of Clinical Activities:  Oversee and monitor progress of clinical activities to ensure achievement of projects’ goals and integrity of services provided. Conduct initial and ongoing assessments of clinical components of projects, including knowledge, clinical capacity, service models and staff care. Conduct periodic site visits. Recommend changes in program activities, design and staffing, as needed, and support implementation of changes. Promote collaboration and communication among all stakeholders. As appropriate, observe clinical activities and trainings conducted by clinical staff members.


  • Reporting and Documentation:  Prepare reports that document progress on assigned projects.  Generate reports that fulfill obligations of funders. Document knowledge gained through the projects.


  • New Project Development:  Provide clinical input in the development and design of new international projects. Participate in assessment trips. Assist in developing proposals.


  • Other Duties:  Participate in project team, department and organization-wide activities, meetings and trainings. Provide clinical input on advocacy initiatives. Complete administrative responsibilities. Perform other duties as assigned.



Required education, experience, certificates, licenses or registrations

  • MA in Psychology, Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Clinical Social Work or related field.
  • 5 years of experience providing psychotherapy to survivors of trauma using individual, group and community-based approaches.
  • Experience supervising and mentoring clinical staff members.


Preferred education, experience, certificates, licenses or registrations

  • PhD in Psychology, Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Clinical Social Work or related field
  • 5 years of clinical experience with torture survivors
  • Experience in project management
  • International work experience with local or international NGOs
  • Experience conducting remote clinical supervision


Competencies (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)

  • Understanding of and experience developing curriculum in clinical psychology and delivering training for mental health professionals who possess varying levels of knowledge in the field.  Knowledge of diverse training methods and designs.
  • Experience working with international NGOs desirable.
  • Demonstrated flexibility to changing requirements and needs.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills and ability to communicate effectively with individuals at all levels.
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of an interactive team.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word and Excel)
  • Interest in or commitment to human rights.
  • Ability to travel 30% time internationally to developing countries. Some work sites may be located in politically unstable areas with limited amenities.


To Apply:  Submit resume, cover letter and salary expectations to Position is open until filled.


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