Somali Community Educator/Psychotherapist- St. Cloud

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

The Center for Victims of Torture is hiring a Somali Community Educator/Psychotherapist to be responsible for co-facilitating parenting groups and providing psychological screening, assessment and treatment to refugee war trauma and torture survivors. This position will do outreach and community sensitization with local Somali-American community members to encourage active participation in classes and workshops on topics related to war trauma, refugee behavioral health and parenting. They will adapt and create educational materials for the Somali-American community and conduct community events that build awareness about behavioral health.  This position is based in St. Cloud, Minnesota.


Facilitation of Community Events & Classes:  Collaborate with CVT staff to deliver trauma-informed classes for Somali parents, caregivers, religious leaders and other constituencies. Co-facilitate 10-week parenting classes that assist Somali refugee parents to navigate and access systems of care, understand their own post trauma symptoms and better parent. Plan and implement community events that build awareness of behavioral health and wellness for the Somali American community.  Topics may include building resiliency, accessing resources and navigating systems such as schools, health care and child protection.

Psychological Assessment and Treatment: Conduct initial interviews and make diagnosis of psychiatric disorders. Conduct individual psychotherapy sessions at a frequency determined with clients. Provide information and referral services when clients close their services with CVT.

Documentation:  Complete clinic paperwork including session chart notes, diagnostic assessment reports, treatment plans, closing treatment summaries.  Prepare other necessary documentation for requirements of research department, clinic records and third-party reimbursement needs.

Team Collaboration: Provide input to team members regarding clients’ progress and seek input from others about related treatment needs.  Participate in clinical supervision (as- needed), case consultations, case reviews and informal consultations. Conduct eligibility screenings with potential clients and meet with team to determine eligibility. Participate in program development as part of the project team. Provide information and referral services to potential clients.

Community Outreach: Represent the project to Somali-American leaders and staff working at organizations in St Cloud serving the Somali-American community. Recruit Somali-American leaders and community members to actively participate in project related activities. Speak to visiting groups and, in collaboration with the communications department, speak with the media.

Curriculum Development:  Collaborate on the development and adaption of trauma-informed curriculum. Update curriculum to reflect changes in content as-needed.


Required education, experience, certificates, licenses or registrations

  • MA or PhD in psychology, counseling, social work or related field
  • License-eligible as an LP, LICSW, LMFT or LPCC
  • 1-2 years of experience providing psychological services, including treatment of survivors of trauma.
  • Experience coordinating and facilitating community-based activities
  • Demonstrated professional experience working cross-culturally


Preferred education, experience, certificates, licenses or registrations

  • Licensure as an LP, LICSW, LMFT or LPCC
  • 3-4 years of experience providing psychological services, including treatment of survivors of trauma.
  • Experience with refugees and survivors of war trauma or torture


Competencies (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)

  • Knowledge of the Somali-American community in St Cloud
  • Ability to speak Somali language fluently (oral required, written preferred)
  • Interest in behavioral and mental health issues; ability to discuss and address topics of mental health without judgment or stigma.
  • Knowledge of relationship-based therapy models.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality, recognize appropriate boundaries and cope with emotionally stressful situations
  • Experience, knowledge or interest in refugees, international human rights and trauma survivors
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Working knowledge of electronic health records and Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word and Excel)
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Excellent skills in organization, attention to detail and time management (including the ability to meet deadlines)
  • Regular access to a car to drive within the St. Cloud area and to St. Paul several times per month

To Apply:  To be considered, please submit resume, cover letter and salary expectations. This position is open until filled. 


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