Job type: Contract (12 Months)
Salary: Up to £40 p/h
Refugee Trauma Initiative is an NGO working in Greece to provide collective healing, trauma-sensitive, identity-informed psychosocial programming for young refugee children and their families, and for refugee and local youth, all while working to set a new benchmark in mental health support for refugees worldwide. After four years of testing and refining our direct delivery approach, in the main, we now focus on training local partner organisations to deliver & adopt these approaches as suited to the context.
RTI supports two main lines of psychosocial and educational programming: Baytna, which targets young refugee children with specialized early childhood development (ECD) programming; and Dinami, which targets refugee and local youth with skill-building interventions built around project-based learning (PBL) approach. In addition, RTI provides training and capacity-building support to local NGO partners training partners to embed trauma-informed, identity-informed and value-based practices.
Since May 2020 – present, RTI Clinical Lead Gabriella Brent in partnership with Consultant Therapist Romy Wakil have piloted delivering a therapeutic psychoeducation group online for 8 male refugees. This has proved to be a very powerful space, with two cohorts regularly attending, despite their changing and challenging circumstances. Based upon the feedback from the group, and with the aim of bridging the gap between mental health and human rights, RTI intends to establish more therapeutic, trauma-informed psycho-education groups for asylum seekers and/or refugees living in Greece. Each group will consist of 6 – 8 members who will meet weekly on zoom, facilitated by a group therapist and members will be provided with a therapeutic, trauma-informed space.
To begin with, the groups will either be:
1) All male
2) For ‘community volunteers’ – current asylum seekers/refugees who are volunteering or being paid to provide humanitarian services, such as translators, community protection officers, food distributors. The group will provide a reflective space to support their psychological wellbeing & explore the impact on them of undertaking this work while currently a refugee themselves.
We are seeking qualified therapists who can facilitate one of these groups, with a view to facilitating more groups, as this movement grows.
Therapists will be supported by and report back to RTI’s Head of Programmes and Clinical Lead – Gabriella Brent (https://www.refugeetrauma.org/the-team) and Romy Wakil, a Consultant Trauma Therapist working with RTI.
RTI will provide some trauma and identity-informed training ahead of starting facilitation of therapeutic groups. Training will be delivered in January over a period of two full days. Additionally, therapists will be required to attend regular group supervision for the team of therapists undertaking this work. The post holder will be expected to attend all supervision groups, unless on leave or there are extenuating circumstances.
RTI will hold safeguarding and clinical responsibility for anything emerging in sessions, and work with the relevant parties to manage any concerns.
Creating collective healing spaces and facilitating group therapy with asylum seekers and refugees is an under-researched field. The role holder will be expected to reflect on emerging themes in therapeutic supervision with RTI to help shape our future programming and support to provide collecting healing spaces with and for refugee communities.
2 hours Weekly: 1.5 hours for the group, 30 mins for prep, debrief & notes Monthly: 1-hour group supervision
In the first instance, we are seeking honorary therapists (volunteers).
However, if you are interested in applying to this post and cost is an issue, please let us know on a sliding scale from 0-40GBP per hour how much you would need to get paid.
Therapists with lived experience are encouraged to apply.
Zoom group (set up by RTI): All group members are currently living in Greece, however in different locations. The group will be conducted online via Zoom for 1.5 hours. RTI provides data to support group members to attend, as needed.
The group will be conducted in Arabic or Farsi in order to allow group members to communicate in their mother tongue. Fluency in English is also required for the role as group members may choose to speak in both languages.
That said, if you feel you are a good fit for this role and speak another language, please do still apply.
18h January: Training week
25th January: Therapeutic group starts
To provide a weekly, online therapeutic group space to a group of up to 8 members according to RTI’s trauma, identity and values informed approach
To write summary session notes following each session and to keep notes in accordance with RTIs data protection and GDPR policies
To participate in shaping RTI’s therapeutic programming design
To attend regular supervision facilitated by RTI
To liaise with the RTI clinical team regarding group progress and group needs
Fluency in English and Arabic and/or Farsi. Fluency in other languages is also welcome.
Once committed, applicants must be available to complete a year’s work – until the end of December 2021
All candidates must have an enhanced and up-to-date DBS check. If this doesn’t apply RTI will arrange one for you
Successful candidates will be requested to provide references from a recent employer and personal supervisor.
Qualified from or in a recognized and ethical training accredited by UKCP, BACP, BABCP, HCPC, BPC or BPS (UK) or country-specific equivalents
Trained in trauma-informed practice
Ability to work reflexively regarding antiracist practice and within a culturally competent framework.
Qualified supervisor/counsellor/psychotherapist/clinical or counselling psychologist
A minimum one year experience of facilitating therapeutic groups
A minimum of 450 client-facing hours (not including befriending)
At least one year consecutive of personal therapy
A thorough understanding and openness towards social justice identity, issues including race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, class, immigration status and more
Awareness of safeguarding and data protection issues
In professional supervision
Experience participating in social justice work either professionally or personally
Knowledge of liberation psychology or radical pedagogy – e.g. healing justice, decolonised education, pedagogy of the oppressed
The deadline is on the 29th of November at 5 pm UK time.
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