Psychologist / Center for Victims of Torture - St. Paul

Posted: July 13, 2020

The Center for Victims of Torture is hiring a Psychologist who will provide psychological assessment and treatment to refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants who are survivors of torture and war trauma. CVT’s interdisciplinary team model of holistic care includes psychotherapy, clinical case management, nursing and psychiatric services. The Psychologist will provide individual therapy, as well as group therapy, and will engage in public education activities.

Currently most clinical services are taking place virtually. When our offices reopen for in-person services, this position will work in the office in St. Paul, Minnesota.


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


  • Psychotherapy: Conduct initial interviews and make diagnosis of psychiatric disorders. Conduct individual psychotherapy sessions at a frequency determined with client. Conduct group therapy sessions. Assist 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: Complete clinic paperwork including session chart notes, psychological assessment reports, treatment plans, closing treatment summaries. Complete databases and assessment measures on clients. Prepare treatment plans and other necessary documentation for clinic records and third-party reimbursement needs.
  • Interdisciplinary Team: Work collaboratively within an interdisciplinary team context. Provide input to team members regarding client’s psychological progress and seek input from others about related treatment needs. Offer written and oral expert testimony related to the psychological effects of torture. Help staff the Information & Referral team on a rotational basis. Participate in all case consultation meetings.
  • Public Education: Participate in Communications and Development activities, including conducting media interviews, participating in tours, facilitating the collection and use of client stories, and attending fundraising events.


Preferred education, experience, certificates, licenses or registrations

  • Licensed as an LP or equivalent licensure in Minnesota
  • 5 years of post-degree experience providing psychological services, including treatment of survivors of trauma
  • Experience working professionally with refugees, asylum seekers or immigrants
  • Experience providing psychological services via an interpreter

Required education, experience, certificates, licenses or registrations

  • PhD or PsyD in Psychology or related field
  • License-eligible as an independent practitioner in Minnesota
  • 2 years of post-degree experience providing psychological services, including treatment of survivors of trauma

Competencies (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)

  • Knowledge of evidence-based and relationship-based therapy models.
  • Formal training and experience in clinical mental health assessment, including the use of measures in practice and/or research.
  • Demonstrated ability to work cross-culturally, including service delivery via an interpreter
  • 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 design, create and deliver presentations for different audiences (including comfort with public speaking)
  • Open to feedback and willing to learn
  • Superior interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with individuals across an organization•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 and Word)
  • Interest in or commitment to human rights

To apply:

Submit resume, cover letter and salary expectations by August 2, 2020 to

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, 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.


Diversity Statement

The Minnesota Psychological Association actively encourages the participation of all psychologists regardless of age, creed, race, ethnic background, gender, socio-economic status, region of residence, physical or mental status, political beliefs, religious or spiritual affiliation, and sexual or affectional orientation.Although we are an organization of individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds, the Minnesota Psychological Association also recognizes our core unifying identities as Psychologists who practice in America. We also recognize that we may hold unintentional attitudes and beliefs that influence our perceptions of and interactions with others. Within this context of unity and self-exploration, we are committed to increasing our sensitivity to all aspects of diversity as well as our knowledge and appreciation of the unique qualities of different cultures and backgrounds.We aspire to becoming alert to aspects of diversity, previously unseen or unacknowledged in our culture. In this spirit, we are committed to collaborating with multicultural groups to combat racism and other forms of prejudice as we seek to promote diversity in our society. To this end, we are dedicated to increasing our multicultural competencies and effectiveness as educators, researchers, administrators, policy makers, and practitioners.