The Headington Institute cares for caregivers worldwide by promoting the physical hardiness, emotional resilience, and spiritual vitality of humanitarian aid workers and emergency first-responders. The Institute strengthens aid organizations by encouraging the wellbeing of their staff, making it a partner in worldwide humanitarian and emergency responder work. When responders have effective self-care techniques, satisfying interpersonal relationships, adequate organizational support, and sufficient public interest, they thrive in their work. This results in stronger organizations that more effectively serve their beneficiaries. The Institute’s ultimate goal is for all relief and development workers and emergency responders to have what they need to maintain their wellbeing and flourish.
Cofounded by Drs. James Guy and Tim Headington in early 2001, the Headington Institute provides counseling, training, consultation, online resources, and research services worldwide. In the past year, Institute staff made twenty-five trips to twelve countries to provide services to more than one thousand people. Close to one thousand international aid workers participated in a research project to investigate factors promoting human resilience. More than two hundred thousand individuals accessed Headington Institute’s free online training materials in the past twelve months.
The Institute staff consists of six fulltime and six part-time individuals, many with over thirty years of professional experience. This includes doctoral level clinical psychologists and a board-certified neuropsychologist. The nine-member Board of Directors provides guiding oversight and support, drawing on their varied and valuable experience in nonprofit, business, academic, and government work. Together with more than three hundred committed donors, they comprise a strong team poised for further growth in the years ahead.
The Headington Institute’s annual operating budget exceeds one million dollars. Approximately sixty percent comes from charitable contributions, and the remainder is derived from professional fee income. The cash reserves fund exceeds six months of general operating expenses. Annual income has outpaced expenses every year since inception.
Reporting to the Vice President for Clinical Services, the successful candidate will join a dedicated team guided by the Institute’s core values of compassion, excellence, transcendence, responsibility, generosity, cooperation, and advocacy. S/he will help maintain a world-renowned organization where talented people do worthwhile work in a sustainable way.
The Consulting Psychologist will be deployed to provide training and counseling services to international relief and development workers worldwide. S/he will also provide assessment, counseling, and consultation services for participants in high intensity, scenario-based security trainings offered to international humanitarian aid workers. Finally, s/he will be responsible for providing psychological services in our new emergency first-responder program, to promote the personal and team resilience and trauma recovery of domestic law enforcement officers, fire fighters, and related emergency response personnel.