Psychotherapist- Minnesota Afghan Project

  • Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
  • WFH Flexible
  • Full-time
  • US-Based Positions
  • cvt-43263

Psychotherapist- Minnesota Afghan Project

The Center for Victims of Torture is hiring a Psychotherapist for CVT’s new Afghan Program in Minnesota in partnership with the Afghan Cultural Society (ACS). The Psychotherapist will provide individual, family, and group psychotherapy both on-site at ACS and in a CVT outpatient clinic setting, function as part of a multidisciplinary team including a case manager, peer educator and professional interpreters to meet the holistic care needs of clients. In addition, this individual will work in collaboration with partner organization ACS to deliver appropriate interventions for Afghan survivors, their family members and the larger Afghan community.   

Position Details:                                         

  • Location: St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Reports to: Program Manager
  • Remote status: 40% remote, 60% In-person
  • Full/part-time status: Full-time
  • Hiring salary: $61,235-$76,544
  • Position is open to candidates who reside in and are eligible to work in the US


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 Georgia and DC, as well as offices in Africa and the Middle East.


  • Individual Psychotherapy: Conduct diagnostic interviews, diagnose disorders, establish treatment plans and conduct individual psychotherapy sessions at a frequency determined with clients. Utilize electronic health record system to complete clinical documentation including progress notes, psychological assessment reports, treatment plans, closing treatment summaries.  Prepare treatment plans and other necessary documentation for clinic records and third-party reimbursement needs. Offer written and oral expert testimony related to the psychological effects of torture to support clients’ asylum claims.
  • Group/ Family Services: Provide family and systems interventions from a Family Strengthening approach. Support the implementation of new treatment and psychoeducation groups and co-facilitate these groups with program colleagues. Complete associated documentation of services.
  • Screening:  Conduct initial mental health screenings.  Collect history, assess risk, symptomatology and service needs.  Participate in eligibility determination meetings to determine acceptance into the treatment program and disposition of cases.
  • Outreach and Training: Together, with other clinical team members and ACS staff, conduct and participate in outreach and training activities for the community. These can include psychoeducation sessions, health fairs, as well as consultations with partner organizations including health, educational, employment and social service providers.
  • Interdisciplinary Team Collaboration: Work collaboratively within an interdisciplinary team context and with  staff.  Provide input to team members regarding clients’ psychological progress and seek input from others about related treatment needs.  Participate in formal and informal case consultation meetings with clinicians across U.S. clinical programs.
  • Other Duties: Participate in other department and organization-wide activities, meetings and trainings. Complete administrative responsibilities. Perform other duties as assigned.


Required education, experience, certificates, licenses or registrations

  • MA, MS, PhD or PsyD in psychology, social work, counseling or other related field
  • License-eligible as an LPC, LCSW, LMFT or Licensed Psychologist in Minnesota
  • At least two years of demonstrated experience providing psychological services, including treatment of survivors of trauma
  • Formal training and experience in clinical mental health assessment, including the use of measures in practice and/or research

Preferred education, experience, certificates, licenses or registrations

  • At least four years of experience providing psychological services, including treatment of survivors of trauma
  • Licensed as an LPC, LCSW, LMFT or Licensed Psychologist in Minnesota
  • Demonstrated experience working professionally with refugees, asylum seekers
  • Demonstrated experience providing psychological services via an interprete

Competencies (knowledge, skills and abilities)

  • In addition to fluency in English (required), fluency in either Dari or Pashto is required. Fluency is defined by the ability to speak, read and write in the language.
  • Knowledge of evidence-based and relationship-based therapy models.
  • Demonstrated ability to work cross-culturally
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality, recognize appropriate boundaries and cope with emotionally stressful situations
  • Ability to work independently, think critically and problem-solve appropriately
  • Ability to complete documentation in a high-quality and timely manner
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively as a member of a multidisciplinary team
  • Open to feedback and willing to learn
  • Superior interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with individuals across an organization
  • Ability to develop relationships and communicate effectively (in writing and verbally) with colleagues working both in the U.S. and internationally, as well as with other stakeholders
  • Interest and ability to engage in diversity, equity and inclusion efforts within the organization
  • Excellent skills in organization, attention to detail and time management (including the ability to meet deadlines)
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word and Excel)
  • Interest in or commitment to human rights

Work Environment:

  • CVT has a COVID-19 vaccination mandate in place for US-based employees
  • Typical office environment for in person individual and group services, home visits for family services, staff home office for tele-health/ remote work
  • Time spent on the computer is approximately 40%
  • Time spent in meetings is approximately 10%

Travel: Ability to travel to a variety of locations within Twin Cities metro


To Apply:  Submit resume, cover letter and salary expectations to

This job will be opened until filled. 

Hiring Timeline: Most CVT hiring processes for US-based positions take about 8 weeks from when the position closes to when an offer is made to a candidate.

CVT is committed to hiring and fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce that leverages the skills and talents of all employees in our organization, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, familial status, genetic information, or any other protected status. We encourage candidates with diverse backgrounds such as these to apply for this position.