Clinical Trainer, Kovler Center Child Trauma Program
at Heartland Alliance

Date Posted: 7/8/2020

Job Description

About Us: The Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center helps transform the lives of individuals and families recovering from the complex consequences trauma of politically-sanctioned torture. Kovler Center provides medical, mental health, and social services; trains and educates locally and globally; and advocates for the end of torture worldwide. Based in the Rogers Park neighborhood Chicago, one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the United States, the Kovler Center serves individuals and families from more than 50 countries. The Kovler Center is a program of Heartland Alliance International (HAI), an international human rights organization that addresses some of the world’s most complex human rights challenges by ensuring healing and justice for extremely vulnerable populations. HAI is comprised of nearly a dozen country offices implementing programs on a broad range of human rights issues globally. HAI has significant expertise in the fields of trauma-informed mental health care and access to justice for survivors of rights abuses. It is also an industry leader in access to high-quality and stigma-free health care. Across all of its programs, HAI promotes progressive, innovative approaches to human rights protections and gender equality.

The Kovler Center Child Trauma Program (KCCTP) is the child and family trauma informed therapeutic program that is part of the Kovler Center. KCTC is a Category III (community based treatment center) National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Center. It is provides culturally and linguistically responsive trauma informed clinical services to youth 6-21 years of age who have been impacted by war, terrorism, forced migration, resettlement, family separation, and/or torture services are provided at the Kovler Center, in schools, and in the community. Youth come from approximately 25 countries and speak 25 unique languages.

Summary: The Clinical Trainer position with the Kovler Center Child Trauma Program will take the primary lead in developing trauma informed training and then delivering these trainings as well as existing trauma informed curriculums for direct line (non-clinical) and clinical staff who work with immigrant, unaccompanied minors. Trainings will support onboarding of new staff as well as ongoing professional development in unaccompanied minor programming. Part of this role will include also include conducting a needs assessment of staff and facilitating training of trainers learning collaboratives. This role will work alongside a part-time trainer and will report to the KCCTP Project Director who will provide project oversight and technical training support for the training deliverables. This role will also spend a small portion of time provided trauma informed therapeutic services to high acuity youth in unaccompanied minor shelters after the initial development and delivery of trainings has begun. Individual accountabilities and work volume will be established through the development of annual Success Objectives within the framework outlined below.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct a learning needs assessment with unaccompanied minor program staff to understand their professional development needs as it relates to service delivery for direct line staff and clinicians.
  • Develop and deliver trauma informed trainings based on the needs assessment across all unaccompanied minor programming. These trainings will be part of staff onboarding as well as ongoing professional development and support.
  • Deliver existing trauma informed training curriculums using a train the trainer model.
  • Support the monitoring and evaluation process as it relates to learning and change of practice over time. Evaluation outcomes will be fed back into programming for quality improvement purposes.
  • After development and delivery of training is in place, this position will support provision of individual and/or group trauma informed therapy in unaccompanied minor shelters for high acuity youth.  This will include collaborating with shelter staff, using a multidisciplinary approach, and working with interpreters when needed.
  • Ensure staff completion of quality documentation related to clinical services.
  • Ensure compliance with organizational policies, practices, as well as Organization and profession’s standards of ethics
  • Participates in regular supervision meetings, team meetings, and in-house trainings.
  • Participates in local and national immigrant and refugee serving coalitions and workgroups.

Qualifications: A Master’s degree (M.A./M.S.) in social work, psychology, or related human service equivalent is required; licensed clinician (Psychologist, LCSW, LCPC) is preferred; four (4) years of related experience and/or training working with youth and families who have experience complex trauma, preferably with a refugee and immigrant population; prior experience in developing and/or delivering trainings or working as a teacher/professor. A valid driver’s license may be required. May be required to have access to a personal vehicle and use for organizational purposed. Bilingual in English and 2nd language strongly preferred. Spanish is preferred.

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type: Full-Time
  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Job Type: Health Care
  • Experience: Not Specified
  • Date Posted: 7/8/2020

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