Job opportunities

Openings for professionals in the field of child traumatic stress. The newest postings appear at the beginning of the page. Job opportunities will remain posted for candidates to view and submit resumes for three months.

Direct inquires about posting Job Opportunities or by fax at (310) 235-2612.


Trauma/Disaster Response Counselors

Sea Mercy

Sea Mercy is a US based 501(c)3 non-profit that operates a fleet of free Floating Health Care Clinics (staffed by US and international doctors, nurses and PA’s), that visit the thousands of remote islands across the South Pacific. Following the recent Cyclone, we are experiencing an incredible need for counseling (child and adult) on these remote islands that our current volunteers are not equipped to handle.


Interested volunteers can register online here.


The Ottawa Centre for Resilience (OCFR)

The Ottawa Centre for Resilience (OCFR) is a specialized mental health centre for hard to engage, high-­‐risk children, youth, and families. We are set to open our doors in May 2016. Our mission is to be leaders in the provision of accessible, effective, trauma-­‐ informed assessment and treatment to children, teens, and families impacted by experiences of adversity, trauma, and mental health difficulties.

Applicant Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Registered and in good standing with the College of Psychologists of Ontario
  • Training in treatment and assessment of children, adolescents, and families
  • Strong interpersonal communication (both written and verbal) and organizational skills
  • Ability to work well both independently and within a team
  • Training and experience in evidenced-­‐based approaches for issues related to:
    • AdoptionAttachment
    • Children in Care (CAS)
    • Co-­‐parenting
    • Disruptive Behaviours
    • Emotion & Self-­‐regulation
    • Self-­‐harming
    • Trauma (including Complex Developmental Trauma)
    • Sex Trafficked Children and Youth
    • Youth justice

Extra Preference Given to Applicants with:

  • Ability to provide services in French
  • Forensic experience

Some Benefits of working at OCFR:

  • Competitive salary & health benefits
  • Flexible schedule
  • Balanced workload – we strive to create an environment in which clinicians can be their best, and therefore support our staff to find a balance between direct client hours, administrative/record-­‐keeping tasks, professional reading, continuing education, teaching & supervision, and centre/ program development
  • Weekly team meetings that include peer supervision/case consultation, journal and book club, and discussions re: centre development. We aim to foster a passionate, supportive, and cohesive team environment
  • Opportunities to be involved in centre and program development – various leadership options available (e.g., outcome monitoring, research, marketing, outreach)
  • Training and supervision in cutting-­‐edge evidence-­‐based treatments for developmental effects of childhood trauma
  • Newly renovated and furnished offices (with sound insulation), include staff kitchen/lunch room, conference room for groups, testing, meetings, and a sensory room for body-­‐based (e.g., sensorimotor) trauma approaches
  • Administrative support (client scheduling, invoicing, filing, etc.)
  • Cloud-­‐based clinic software for keeping paperless client files accessible securely at home or work
  • Waiting room with snacks, drinks, and toys for clients.
  • Testing materials for psycho-­‐educational and mental health assessments
  • Free client parking

Please submit applications, including CV and cover letter, to: 

Licensed Psychologist

Headington Institute
Pasadena, CA

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. 



The Consulting Psychologist will possess the ability to quickly build successful, collaborative relationships with individuals representing complex domestic and multinational government and nongovernment organizations.  This requires superior intelligence, creative vision, common sense, excellent social skills, high energy, patience, and strong analytical thinking.

As a consulting psychologist working with the populations we serve, it is important to possess excellent training and significant experience with the assessment and treatment of a wide range of psychopathology and personality functioning.  The confidence and ability to work alone, in a variety of settings where shifting roles and boundaries necessitate sound professional judgment, are important assets.

The Institute functions in an international context requiring high self-awareness, advanced social skills, and practiced diplomacy.  To succeed here, the successful candidate must be flexible and skilled in cross-cultural communication.  The travel is rigorous, the fieldwork is demanding, and the work challenges are significant and complex.  S/he must bring confidence and poise to high-stress, high-risk environments where client needs take priority over personal comfort.  S/he must be in good health and able to travel and work in international, physically challenging environments. 

Years of research and practice have shown that a holistic approach to wellness is most effective for maintaining resilience in this population.  This includes an appreciation for the importance of personal spiritual practice in the lives of many humanitarian workers and emergency responders.  Since we work with individuals representing all faiths and worldviews, the Consulting Psychologist will be someone who recognizes the importance of meaning, purpose, transcendence, and faith in promoting wellbeing and trauma recovery. 

The Headington Institute places high priority on maintaining staff wellbeing in a healthy, cordial workplace environment.  To be successful within our organization, employees must also be mature, honest, independent, pleasant, and humble.  This is a tightly knit team where mutual respect, kindness, and consideration are paramount. 

After more than fifteen years of steady growth, the Institute is positioned for further expansion over the next three years.  The successful candidate must bring the courage and boldness required for this next phase of development.  Working collaboratively with the entire Institute team, there is an opportunity to think creatively about new, more effective ways to accomplish our mission. 

Skills and Knowledge Required: 

Career Path Leading to this Position:
The Consulting Psychologist should have three or more years of relevant post-doctoral professional experience.  She/he must have a proven record as an outstanding clinician.  Professional experience with emergency responders is an important asset.  International travel and work experience is an advantage.  It would be helpful to have proven writing and public speaking ability.  Significant consulting, program development, and training experience are expected.  While the successful candidate will likely come from the nonprofit sector, candidates from other contexts with the ability to adapt successfully to this environment will be considered. 
The Consulting Psychologist must hold a doctorate in clinical psychology or a related field, with a license to practice independently.  S/he will work on weekdays in the Institute’s Pasadena office when not traveling.  Some weekend work and travel is necessary.  This is a fulltime position, although a part-time appointment will be considered, depending on the match between the needs of the candidate and those of the Institute.
Annual compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience.  A generous benefits package will be provided.  Relocation assistance is negotiable.


Please direct inquiries, nominations, and applications including a resume/vitae and a compelling letter of interest in confidence to Dr. James Guy, President.  Electronic submission is required (

Project Coordinator

University of Texas Trauma and Grief Center for Youth

The University of Texas Health Science Center, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, invites applicants for a Project Coordinator position within the Trauma and Grief Center for Youth beginning in summer of 2016.  The Trauma and Grief Center for Youth is a designated Community Treatment and Services Center of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. This individual will be responsible for oversight of trauma- and bereavement-related evaluation/research activities within the TAG Center in addition to those taking place in partnering community mental health organizations.

Responsibilities will involve:
-    Coordination, management, and analysis of assessment and intervention data as well as longitudinal data
-    Supervision of program research assistants
-    IRB protocol submissions and management
-    Assistance with grant management, reporting, and grant-related purchases
-    Creation and revision of clinical materials

The position will also involve opportunities for grant writing and manuscript writing. Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree, excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to work collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team.  We are seeking applicants who have a strong research interest in childhood trauma and grief, as scientific collaboration will be a key component of this position, and there will be ample opportunity for scientific writing and publication.  The ideal candidate will have previous research experience with children and/or adolescents. Strong data analytic skills and knowledge of Institutional Review Board management are preferred.  Salary is commensurate with level of experience.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and two references (names and emails/phone numbers) to Dr. Julie Kaplow, Associate Professor and Director of the University of Texas Trauma and Grief (TAG) Center for Youth, at Deadline for applications is March 30th, 2016, but we will continue to review applications until we have identified the most qualified candidate. For more information about the TAG Center, please visit our website:

Tenure-track Associate Professor/Professor

The Grace Abbott School of Social Work at the University of Nebraska Omaha
Omaha, NE

The Grace Abbott School of Social Work at the University of Nebraska Omaha invites applications for a tenure-track Associate Professor/Professor. The applicant will also hold a five-year renewable appointment as the endowed Community Chair in Social Work in Early Childhood, a specialty in child welfare and early childhood development (birth through age eight). The applicant will lead research and programmatic efforts as it relates to issues of child welfare and development by focusing on children, families, and community-based organizations that serve at-risk families and children. The applicant reports directly to the Director of the Grace Abbott School of Social Work and the endowed chair will also conduct activities in consultation with the College of Education at UNO with a one-quarter time commitment to the Buffett Early Childhood Institute. The position will provide leadership in the area of early childhood education for the state of Nebraska.

UNO has a strong commitment to achieving diversity. We encourage applications from under-represented groups, women and persons for color. To apply for this position please visit
Cover letter, curriculum vitae and list of references must be attached to the electronic application. Hard copies of materials that cannot be attached electronically should be mailed to:
Valerie Lutz, Endowed Community Chair
Department of Social Work
6001 Dodge Street, CPACS 206
Omaha, NE 68182

Postdoctoral Associate

Institute for Translational Research in Children’s Mental Health College of Education and Human Development
University of Minnesota

The Institute for Translational Research in Children’s Mental Health (ITR) has an opening for a post-doctoral associate to serve as project manager on a research project evaluating the effectiveness of a parenting program for military families.  This individual will also provide research support to other similar projects.  This post-doctoral associate will conduct research and evaluation services that provide further development of career skills and allows them opportunities to learn new research and evaluation techniques.  This individual will be trained and work in conjunction with Prof. Abigail Gewirtz and receive mentorship in the fields of program evaluation, family intervention, and prevention research.


Research Design (15%)
•    Participate in the design and implementation of research projects
•    Collaborate with the PI on the submission of IRB protocols and other regulatory tasks

Research Subject Oversight (30%)
•    Recruit individuals to participate as research subjects and follow procedures for obtaining consent.
•    Communicate with research subjects regarding study goals, timelines, scheduling interventions and assessments, etc.
•    Manage incentive payments to research subjects

Project Management (30%)
•    Manage day-to-day activities of the research project under the guidance of the PI
•    Assist PI with managing and tracking project budgets
•    Participate in preparing and presenting data to study investigators; collaborate on reports and publications

Training (25%)
•    Assist PI with a variety of research projects as needed in order to gain a breadth of experience in prevention research
•    Receive research training and career guidance in the fields of program evaluation, family intervention, and prevention research

Required Qualifications
•    Ph.D. in psychology, child psychology, family social science, or related field.  Candidate may be immediately post-degree or returning for additional training
•    Knowledge of and/or experience with quantitative research design
•    Experience with research on children and families

Preferred Qualifications

•    Familiarity with Qualtrics and data management and analysis
•    Experience with military families
•    Experience with project management
•    Strong organizational skills
•    Excellent written and verbal communication with diverse audiences


Interested candidates should contact Chris Bray at

Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Trauma and Grief Center for Youth

The University of Texas Health Science Center Department of Psychiatry seeks to fill a full time postdoctoral fellowship position, beginning in September of 2016, to assist with (1) the evaluation of trauma- and bereavement-informed assessment tools and interventions and (2) the analysis of longitudinal data examining the development of adaptive and maladaptive grief reactions in bereaved youth.

The postdoctoral fellow will assist the PI in study management, statistical analyses, and journal publications (as lead author or co-author as appropriate).  He or she will also have the opportunity to conduct clinical work (including assessment and/or evidence-based intervention) with traumatized and/or bereaved youth through the UT Trauma and Grief Center for Youth, a community treatment and services center of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Engagement in grant writing activities is also expected. 

We seek applicants with strong research potential who are highly motivated to develop their own program of systematic research in the domains of childhood trauma and/or grief and prepare for a productive career as a scientist-practitioner. Opportunities are available to pursue mentored research in the following areas:
(1)    longitudinal studies of bereaved and/or traumatized youth
(2)    trauma and grief screening and assessment
(3)    development and evaluation of interventions for traumatized and/or grieving youth


  • Start date is flexible, but must have PhD by September of 2016 from an APA-accredited doctoral program in clinical (or developmental) psychology, social work, or related discipline
  • Advanced training and skills in qualitative and/or quantitative methods, including the use of statistical software
  • Track record of academic accomplishment (e.g., journal publications) or strong scholarship potential
  • Experience working with traumatized or bereaved youth is preferred, but not required.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and two references (names and emails/phone numbers) to Dr. Julie Kaplow, Associate Professor and Director of the University of Texas Trauma and Grief Center for Youth, at Deadline for applications is March 18th, 2016, but we will continue to review applications until we have identified the most qualified candidate.


Bilingual Parent Advocate (BPA)

East Durham Children’s Initiative
Durham, NC

East Durham Children’s Initiative (EDCI) is committed to improving outcomes for children and families living in a 120-block area of East Durham referred to as the EDCI Zone. Our long-term vision is to have all youth in the EDCI Zone successfully graduate from high school, ready for college or a career. We work to achieve this vision by providing a continuum of high-quality services for children and families extending from birth through high school. EDCI partners with over 20 local organizations and community members who share our vision to provide these needed resources and supports to East Durham children and families.

EDCI is seeking to fill the position of Bilingual Parent Advocate (BPA). This full-time, benefits-eligible position will report to the EDCI Parent Advocate Program Manager. This position works closely with the early childhood, elementary, and middle school parent advocate programs to ensure parents are engaged, have knowledge of strategies to support school readiness, and support their children’s education, development, social, and emotional success at home, school, and in the community. The BPA will model parent-child interactions that stimulate learning and development and serve as a link between families, school personnel, and community organizations at East Durham schools.

To view a full job description and for how to apply visit our website at The job description is also attached.

Licensed Psychotherapist, Trauma Focused

University of California Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz

The Licensed Psychotherapist reports to the Director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and is assigned duties by the Director as specified herein. The Licensed Psychotherapist will provide high quality clinical services; community psychology/outreach and consultation services; and may provide supervision/training of doctoral interns and postdoctoral fellows.

This position will be housed in the CARE office (Campus Advocacy, Resources & Education), which provides advocacy to survivors of sexual violence, dating/domestic violence and stalking. This person will work closely with the CARE advocacy staff to facilitate appropriate referrals to/from counseling.

In discharging these duties the Licensed Psychotherapist is expected to be keenly sensitive to issues of gender, culture, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disabilities, socio economic status, etc. and to be skilled with techniques for counseling students with diverse backgrounds.

All the Licensed Psychotherapist's activities are performed within the limits of standards and ethical principles of their professional organization, as well as applicable legal mandates for mental health professionals in the State of California.

This position requires demonstrated expertise and understanding of treatment of acute trauma, including trauma resulting from sexual assault and physical assault, as well as treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.


Demonstrated clinical experience with individuals using a brief therapy model

Experience in facilitating psychotherapy and psychoeducational groups

Demonstrated strong clinical and crisis management skills

Experience working with survivors of interpersonal violence and trauma recovery

Experience designing and implementing multiculturally sensitive outreach programs and psychoeducational workshops

Demonstrated multicultural competence in mental health service provision

Knowledge of how race, ethnic identity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, privilege and multiculturalism relate to psychological service delivery in a university setting

Demonstrated comprehensive understanding of the treatment of acute stress disorder and PTSD

Demonstrated ability to work in an interdisciplinary team and to effectively collaborate with people of diverse backgrounds

Demonstrated expertise with developmental issues of late adolescence

Ability to work and communicate in a positive and cooperative manner

Ability to follow, implement, and encourage others to follow the UCSC Principles of Community

Preferred Qualifications / Competencies     Counseling experience in a college/university setting

Psychology licensure in California preferred over out of state licensure

Interest and experience in supervision and training of doctoral interns and postdoctoral fellows

Interest and experience working with the transgender community

Interest and experience in discussing holistic/alternative healing options with survivors of interpersonal violence, such as trauma-informed yoga, art and music therapy, etc.

Doctorate and internship from APA accredited program


To apply click here.


The Tree House Child Assessment Center of Montgomery County
Rockville, MD (a suburb of Washington, DC)

The Tree House Child Assessment Center of Montgomery County, MD is pleased to offer a part-time psychologist position. The Tree House is a Child Advocacy Center (CAC), which is an organization that specializes in the evaluation and treatment of children who have experienced child abuse and/or severe neglect. We work closely with Child Protective Services and law enforcement to help ensure that families are receiving comprehensive clinical and forensic services.
We are advertising for a part-time position and will give preference to those applicants who can begin immediately. The primary responsibility of the psychologist will be to provide supervision to a group of practicum students who are in doctoral programs. The psychologist may provide therapy to traumatized children (ages 3-18) and their parents/families. We use research based interventions, including Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) as well as some Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). The psychologist may also be asked to provide Psychological Consults, which entails conducting an intake interview, administering some screening measures, and developing a brief report and recommendations for treatment. Psychological testing opportunities may also be available as interest and time allow.
If interested, please email or fax a cover letter and CV to Dr. Stephanie Wolf at the contact information below.


Stephanie Wolf, J.D., Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist
7300 Calhoun Pl, Suite 600
Rockville, MD  20855
Phone: 240-777-1088
Fax: 240-777-4470