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Partnerships for Trauma Recovery | Berkeley, CA

Partnerships for Trauma Recovery

Published 14 days ago

August 3, 2020
July 22, 2020
$80,000 - $85,000Pro-rated for Part-time

Location: Berkeley, California, United States (remote for remainder of 2020)

Salary: $80,000 - 85,000 (prorated for part-time), including health & other benefits

Schedule: Part-time to full-time: Minimum 0.6 FTE (24 hours per week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays) up to 1.0 FTE.

Start Date: August 2020

Application: due by July 15, 2020


Partnerships for Trauma Recovery (PTR) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to healing the psychological and psychosocial impacts of trauma among international survivors of human rights abuses and forced displacement resulting from war, torture, gender-based, criminal and other interpersonal violence; and persecution related to identity and beliefs. At our Mosaic Healing Center in Berkeley, California, we: (a) Provide globally culturally and contextually responsive, trauma-informed and linguistically accessible psychological and psychosocial care for asylum seekers and refugees from around the world, (b) Expand multidisciplinary clinical capacity to serve highly diverse international populations through an in-depth yearlong clinical training program, (c) Conduct community outreach, support and training to address the needs of forcibly displaced immigrants and newcomers, and (d) Advocate for policies to prevent trauma and re-traumatization among international survivors of human rights abuses and forced displacement.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    


This is an opportunity to join a dynamic nonprofit organization working at the juncture of global mental health and human rights. The primary responsibility of the Training Director will be to lead and oversee PTR’s Global Healing & Human Rights Clinical Training Program, a yearlong 20-hour per week in-depth training program for advanced doctoral students in clinical psychology, and post-graduate interns in clinical social work and counseling psychology. Our intensive program prepares clinical trainees to provide globally trauma-informed, culturally responsive and linguistically accessible psychological and psychosocial care for international survivors of human rights abuses and interpersonal violence who have fled their countries of origin and are seeking greater safety in the United States. 

Collaborating closely with and reporting to the Clinical Director, the Training Director will lead and oversee clinical training and supervision at the Mosaic Healing Center, managing the training and administrative needs of a cohort of 5-10 clinical trainees each academic year. This position will provide both individual and group clinical and programmatic supervision for trainees and oversee the quality and effectiveness of clinical training and client care delivered by trainees. The Training Director will collaborate with the clinical and program teams for the evaluation of training activities and outcomes and perform other duties as assigned.  

In addition to extensive clinical experience providing trauma-informed culturally responsive care for diverse communities, as well as conducting clinical supervision and training, this position requires experience in team management. The Training Director will oversee cohorts of clinical trainees and collaborate closely with a multidisciplinary team of providers in the fields of social work, psychology, psychiatry, interpretation, public health, human rights and non-profit management. Flexibility, creativity, resourcefulness and initiative are essential for this position, along with a sustained commitment to advancing global social justice & human rights, with a focus on the needs of forcibly displaced international survivors of violence seeking greater safety in the United States.   

As a part of the clinical team and in collaboration with mental health interpreters, the Training Director will also engage in the direct provision of psychosocial care for a small number of clients. PTR primarily provides individual psychotherapy and case management for adults, but also offers couple, family and group therapy, as well as services for adolescents and a small number of children.                                                

PTR’s philosophy of healing from interpersonal trauma is relationally and humanistically oriented and grounded in relationship- and attachment-based approaches to care. From a globally sensitive and flexible perspective which focuses on client priorities, PTR offers free open-ended care which values depth, meaning and relationship. The majority of clients seen at PTR come from the Central American Northern Triangle (Guatemala, El Salvador & Honduras), as well as Eritrea & other African countries. We see asylum seekers and refugees from over 45 countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia & the Middle East, about one fifth of whom have fled LGBTQ persecution in their country of origin.

Due to public health & safety considerations during the Covid-19 pandemic, PTR is operating remotely for the remainder of 2020, providing distance care for clients & conducting the Global Healing & Human Rights Clinical Training Program via our Zoom Health platform. The Training Director will thus work remotely during this time but will need to be located in the San Francisco Bay Area when we return to in-person work sometime in 2021. PTR will consider offering a relocation package for the right candidate.


The roles and responsibilities of the Training Director will include the following: 

Clinical Training Program Management (40%)

·        Lead the coordination and implementation of the 20-hour per week 11-month Global Healing & Human Rights Clinical Training Program for 5-10 graduate students and post-graduate interns in psychology and social work.

·        Contribute to the overall coordination of psychosocial care among staff, clinical trainees, mental health interpreters, clinical supervisors, consulting psychiatrists & community partners.

·        Collaborate with clinical team in the management of overall client care and clinical trainee mentorship, including answering questions, addressing immediate client needs and crises, and supporting the provision of case management and referrals.

·        Manage yearly process of student applications, interviews, candidate selection and practicum matching process to recruit clinical trainees. 

·        Collaborate with trainees’ academic institutions for the completion of performance and progress evaluations, and to address any challenges which may arise in the training cohort.

·        Inform PTR clinical & program teams about Global Healing & Human Rights Clinical Training Program activities & outcomes.

·        Contribute to the creation of a safe and inclusive environment for welcoming clients and supporting trainees, clinicians and interpreters with warmth, openness & sensitivity.

Clinical Training & Supervision (40%)

·        Continue to develop and implement clinical training plans and objectives which are responsive to PTR’s mission, and primary programmatic and client needs. 

·        Lead and co-lead weekly clinical case conference, seminar and group supervision addressing the needs of forcibly displaced & traumatized international populations through a globally trauma-informed and culturally responsive relational psychodynamic and humanistic lens.  

·        Collaborate closely with PTR staff and supervisors involved in teaching and contribute to the ongoing development and implementation of the training curriculum. 

·        Continue to develop systems and update materials for the training program (i.e. calendars/schedules, curricula/syllabi, clinical guidelines & documentation procedures, reading materials, shared drive folders, training & supervision evaluations).

·        Provide weekly individual supervision for 2-4 clinical trainees. Assist supervisees in developing training & professional development goals, and collaboratively monitor their progress. Provide ongoing regular feedback and evaluation of clinical trainee performance.

·        Manage and oversee clinical trainee caseloads, and overall training- and program-related communications with student cohort.

·        Support and guide clinical trainees in the timely and accurate completion of clinical care documentation and use of PTR’s Salesforce record keeping and data collection system.

·        Participate in weekly Clinical Supervisors’ meeting to discuss student progress, client care and all matters pertaining to the clinical training program.

·        Oversee individual training requirements for students, and verify that trainees follow ethical, legal and regulatory requirements set forth by PTR policies and procedures, student academic institutions, and the Board of Psychology and/or the Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Direct Clinical Care (20%)

·        Provide culturally and contextually responsive, trauma-informed and linguistically accessible psychological and psychosocial care for a small number of refugee and asylum-seeking clients. 


Required Education & Experience

  • Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D or Ph.D)
  • Licensed as a psychologist in the state of California, or able to obtain licensure in California 
  • 5+ years of experience providing trauma-informed care for individuals, families & groups
  • 3+ years of experience providing psychological care for diverse & underserved populations
  • 3+ years of experience providing clinical supervision
  • 2+ years of experience designing & conducting clinical trainings
  • 2+ years of experience in team or group leadership
  • Experience & interest in providing relationship- and attachment-based & relationally oriented psychodynamic and humanistic psychotherapy, clinical supervision & training
  • Experience & interest in fostering diverse, equitable and inclusive work and team environments

Preferred Experience & Skills                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

  • Experience working cross-culturally with diverse international populations
  • Fluency in one or more languages in addition to English, with Spanish strongly preferred
  • Experience working clinically in different languages and/or with in-person interpreters
  • Experience working with refugees and/or asylum seekers
  • International work, study and/or living experience 
  • Experience leading groups & familiarity with group dynamics
  • Experience addressing themes of diversity & inclusion within groups and/or organizations
  • Experience working collaboratively within multidisciplinary teams
  • Experience conducting forensic psychological evaluations for asylum claims

Competencies & Interests                                                                                                                     

  • Global cultural & contextual awareness for working collaboratively with internationally diverse clients, staff, clinical trainees & mental health interpreters
  • Demonstrated commitment to global social justice & human rights
  • Interest in implementing & developing clinical training activities with a globally trauma-informed & culturally responsive relational psychodynamic lens 
  • Spoken & written fluency in English
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal & written communication skills
  • Strong capacity for self-reflection, humility, respect for difference & ability to manage disagreement
  • Flexibility, patience & ability to adapt to developing program needs
  • Maturity, initiative, resourcefulness & ability to creatively problem-solve
  • Interpersonal warmth, empathy, sense of humor and calm
  • Strong desire for personal and professional growth
  • Attention to detail and ability to effectively attend to responsibilities

Proficiency with MS Office Suite & Google Drive   

Location: Berkeley, California, United States (remote for remainder of 2020)

Salary: $80,000 - 85,000 (prorated for part-time), including health & other benefits

Schedule: Part-time to full-time: Minimum 0.6 FTE (24 hours per week on Tuesdays…

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  • Full Time Schedule
  • Doctorate (PhD) Required
  • Professional


Health insurance, Paid Time Off, and more

Health insurance, Paid Time Off, and more

How to Apply

If interested, please submit the following to with the subject Application for Training Director Position: 1) a cover letter; 2) your most recent curriculum vitae; 3) a one-page statement about your clinical philosophy and vision for integrating a relational psychodynamic and humanistic approach with global social justice and human rights.    

PTR is committed to fostering a diverse team environment which reflects the nature of our work and mission, as well as the international newcomer populations with whom we work. Immigrant, People of Color and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. To learn more about Partnerships for Trauma Recovery, please visit our website at                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Partnerships for Trauma Recovery is an equal employment opportunities (EEO) and does not discriminate on the basis of ancestry, age, color, disability (physical and mental, includes HIV and AIDs), genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, military or veteran status, national origin, race, religion (includes religious dress and grooming), sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and/or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, or request for FMLA in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

If interested, please submit the following to with the subject Application for Training Director Position: 1) a cover letter; 2) your most recent…


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