Psychotherapist- Georgia Afghan Project

  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • WFH Flexible
  • Full-time
  • US-Based Positions
  • cvt-72608


Psychotherapist- Georgia Afghan Project

The Center for Victims of Torture is hiring a Psychotherapist for CVT’s new CVT Georgia project for Afghan Survivors. This role will be responsible for providing assessment and treatment to Afghan survivors who were impacted by combat and their family members. Additionally, this position will provide individual, family, and group psychotherapy within the clinic, in clients’ homes and in community settings; function as part of a multidisciplinary team including psychotherapists, case manager, medical provider and professional interpreters to meet the holistic care needs of clients; work collaboratively with members of the IRC Atlanta team to deliver appropriate interventions for Afghan survivors, their family members and the larger Afghan community.

Position Details:                                         

  • Location: Atlanta, Georgia
  • Reports to: Program Manager
  • Remote status: 40% remote, 60% In-person
  • Full/part-time status: Full-time
  • Hiring range: $61,235-$76,544, depending on qualifications
  • 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.


  • Initial Screenings:  Attend home visits with IRC to 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.
  • Psychotherapy: Conduct diagnostic interviews, diagnose disorders, establish treatment plans and conduct individual psychotherapy sessions at a frequency determined with clients. 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. For clients with political asylum claims, occasionally attend asylum interviews and/or hearings in order to provide expert testimony and/or support the clients as appropriate.
  • Documentation: 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.
  • Interdisciplinary Team Collaboration: Work collaboratively within an interdisciplinary team context and with IRC 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.
  • Outreach and Training: Together, with other clinical team members and IRC 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.
  • 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 Georgia
  • 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 4 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 interpreter
  • Ability to speak one of these languages: Farsi, Dari, Pashto

Competencies (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)

  • 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 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:

  • Healing services are currently extended to clients in a hybrid model with about 40% of time spent in the clinic setting and 60% telehealth. This is subject to change as the situation around COVID-19 and other public health crises are monitored. However, telehealth will always remain an option for serving clients.
  • Time spent on the computer is approximately 50%
  • Time spent in meetings is approximately 20%

Travel: Ability to travel to a variety of locations within the Atlanta metro area.

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

This job is open 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.