Summary: A consultancy agreement to explore the Center for Victims of Torture’s potential role in clinical work with survivors of human rights violations in the context of the criminal legal system in the U.S, including direct services, secondary trauma/resilience supports, and trauma-informed capacity development initiatives. The consultant will partner with CVT staff and the Healing, Incarceration and Policing Working Group to engage in assessment, recommendations and program conceptualization initiatives.
Clinical landscape analysis to identify who is currently working to meet the mental health and psychosocial support needs of individuals and communities affected by human rights violations committed in the context of the US criminal legal system. The analysis includes communication and interviews with key providers of mental health and psychosocial services to survivors of such human rights violations in Minnesota. This will also include a high-level examination of the national landscape of clinical organizations and resources addressing racial trauma.
Organizational mapping and relationship strengthening in Minnesota, with the potential for expansion depending on consultant assessment. The CVT working group has identified a list of organizations supporting survivors of HRV in the criminal legal system and those working to prevent abuses, including activist organizations, mental health organizations and others. The consultant will assist in building this list and to strengthening institutional relationships and collaborations.
Organizational needs assessment with identified local organizations. The consultant will gather information through interviews, consultations and other forms of engagement with key stakeholders. Needs assessment will focus on needs related to mental health service delivery models as well as the need for staff-care and self-care support for organizational staff. The consultant will work with CVT to determine the number of interviews, methodology and strategic priorities.
CVT internal needs and resources analysis. Through consultations with CVT clinical teams, managers and other key staff, the consultant will identify relevant areas of knowledge and expertise, promising existing programming and areas of growth or development that the organization should undertake before embarking on work in this area. Findings will be included in the recommendations report.
Written report and presentation, including a package of recommendations based on information gathered from both external and internal consultations. Recommendations include but are not limited to:
a. Identifying the organizations that are interesting in working with CVT or receiving support from CVT
b. Identifying where gaps exist and determining which types of direct services and clinical capacity development supports CVT could provide
c. Identifying types of support that would increase individuals’ and organizations’ abilities to implement trauma-informed approaches in their areas of work
d. Determining the types of support CVT could offer for activist and/or service providers to continue their work by addressing secondary trauma, burnout and resilience needs
e. Determining the types of support that would strengthen technical capacity to provide trauma-focused clinical services to survivors of human rights violations
f. Assess the potential for CVT to partner and collaborate with other organizations on client outreach and/or service delivery
g. Evaluate what is necessary for CVT’s internal DEI-related work in order to pursue new programming in this area
h. Program strategy and design (including staffing, partnerships and sustainability)
i. Internal capacity development needs for current staff to be able to provide clinical services and how those needs could be addressed
j. Location considerations: Where might services be delivered?
Required education, experience, certificates, licenses or registrations
• Knowledge and experience in providing clinical services for survivors of traumatic experiences due to race-related and criminal legal-related violence in the US
• Experience in clinical program design, organizational needs assessment, and/or organizational DEI initiatives
• Prior experience in organizational consulting
• Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of social services in Minnesota
Preferred education, experience, certificates, licenses or registrations
Competencies (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)
Supervisory Responsibilities: This is a non-supervisory position
Consultant will need to be available for regular meetings with CVT staff (can be remote) as well as able to travel to MN area organizations as part of the needs assessment. Other work can be completed remotely.
Travel: Ability to travel up to 50% of the time to a variety of locations within metro
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions