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Afghan Care Navigator

University of Denver
Denver, Colorado, USA

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Position Type
Alt-Ac & Post-Ac
Employment Type
Part Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Job Details

The International Disaster Psychology (IDP) Program: Trauma and Global Mental Health is a 2 -year Masters Program within GSPP developed in 2005. In additional to providing masters level training in general clinical psychology, the program meets a clear need for specialized knowledge and experience to work in the trauma, disaster and global mental health fields.
In our training program students receive intensive academic coursework, supervised training in providing mental health services within our community-facing Trauma Disaster Recovery Clinic (TDRC) as well as in domestic and international field placements. Supervised experiences also include training and consulting with agencies, developing emergency preparedness and response plans, and monitoring and evaluation psychosocial interventions domestically and abroad. Our 2-year curriculum and practicum experiences help students develop a background in global mental health, a field focusing on methods for increasing mental health workforces in low-resource communities, addressing stigma regarding mental illness and mental health care and expanding beyond Western treatment models.

Position Summary

The TDRC is looking for a part-time, benefited Afghan Care Navigator to assist the TDRC director and Afghan student clinician with Afghan project community outreach, assessment, resource connection and initiatives. This position is a grant funded position funded through March 31, 2023. Responsibilities include: processing referrals, helping with new client screening and enrollment, carrying out periodic assessments, maintaining clinical documentation, attending administrative supervision meetings, providing interpretation in workshops, group sessions and individual sessions, along with attending multidisciplinary team meetings. The Afghan Care Navigator will receive extensive and ongoing training from a licensed clinical supervisor. They will receive a 1:1 meeting to focus on professional development periodically. They will also be provided with some brief training on working with populations that have experienced trauma. This position is grant funded through the Rose Community Foundation and requires 20 hours per week for approximately one year.

Essential Functions

  • Assist with collaboration and coordination with key community stakeholders to identify needs and facilitate trainings and cultural consultation in the community for providers who work with Afghans.
  • Provide interpretation for therapy sessions.
  • Assist in organizing groups and workshops.
  • Market psychotherapy services provided by the TDRC.
  • Develop and facilitate effective referral processes.
  • Assist with program evaluation activities that include:
    • Developing evaluation measures
    • Collecting, evaluating and dissemination of data
    • Assisting with reports related to the grant funding
    • Support efforts to coordinate referrals, including transportation and interpretation.
    • Assist with clinical paperwork and grant reporting.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Detail-oriented and organized
  • Problem solving abilities
  • Ability to follow procedures
  • Strong listening and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Basic program evaluation knowledge

Required Qualifications

  • Must be fluent in English and either Dari, Pastho or Farsi.
  • High school diploma
  • Commitment to culturally sensitive and trauma-informed practice as evidenced in written and oral communication with colleagues and potential clients

Preferred Qualifications

  • Candidates who can deliver a consistently high level of programmatic and administrative support as evidenced by prior experience both paid and unpaid.
  • Candidates who are passionate about working with diverse, transnational and immigrant populations as evidenced by prior experience both paid and unpaid.
  • Experience working in health care or mental health setting.
  • Trilingual with English and at least two of the following languages: Dari, Pastho or Farsi

Work Schedule
20 hours per week. Some evenings and weekends as required.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) July 25, 2022.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is 7.

Hourly Range:
The hourly range for the position is $21.50 - $25.50.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

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All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.


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