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Website Refugee Trauma Initiative

RTI Freelance Supervisor with Refugee Lived Experience Brief

Location: Remote

Contract Length: 12 months (2 months’ probation period)

Contract type: Consultancy


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 & adapt 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 a 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.


In order to respond to refugees exacerbated mental health issues reported during research undertaken by RTI during the first Coronavirus lockdown in April 2020 (read the report findings here: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/577646af893fc0b5001fbf21/t/5ef0bb675598594c56fcad77/1592835023114/2020-06_RTI_COVID19_REFUGEESGR.pdf) 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 three 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.

With this work in mind, RTI is currently recruiting for a freelance supervisor [with lived experience of being a refugee/asylum seeker] to offer monthly [or, as appropriate] group supervision to therapists offering online, trauma and identity-informed therapeutic group to asylum seekers and/or refugees living in Greece.

Lived Experience

Employing asylum seekers and refugees to provide psychosocial support to their community is an under researched field. The role holder will be expected to reflect on emerging themes coming up in therapeutic supervision and reflect with RTI to help shape our future programming and support for colleagues from refugee communities.

With the postholder, RTI will hold safeguarding and clinical responsibility for anything emerging in session, and work with the relevant parties to manage any concerns.


1 1/2 hour group supervision monthly @ £60 per hour [demand may increase to fortnightly]: 1 1/2 hour for group, 30 minutes for notes.


Zoom : Supervision will be conducted online.


The supervision will be held in English. Therapists will be working in English, Arabic and Farsi. Providing a reflective space to explore the therapeutic impact of working in different languages will also be explored.

Start week:

18th January : Training week

25th January Therapeutic Groups start


To provide monthly, online supervision to a group of therapists employed by RTI offering weekly online, trauma and identity-informed therapeutic groups to asylum seekers/refugees living in Greece
To write summary supervision 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 liaise with the RTI clinical team about the group progress and group needs
To ensure the therapists are working within their ethical frameworks
To provide the space to work reflexively within the context of antiracism and identity-informed practice.

Person specification

Lived experience of being an asylum seeker/refugee.
Fluency in English. Fluency in other languages are also welcome.
Once committed, applicants must be available to complete a year’s work – until 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.
Specialist in trauma and identity-informed practice

Essential experience

Accredited from or in a recognised and ethical training accredited by UKCP, BACP, BABCP, HCPC, BPC or BPS (UK) or country specific equivalents
A minimum five years experience of facilitating supervision
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
Experience of facilitating therapeutic groups with refugees/asylum seekers.

Desirable experience

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


To apply, please send a CV & the below application to Gabriella Brent on gabriella@refugeetrauma.org and Romy Wakil on romywakil@gmail.com. Maximum length of the application should be 2 sides of A4.

The deadline is on the 29th of November at 5pm UK time.

Tell us about you, your qualities and skills that make you suited to this role
Details of your theoretical approach including dates you trained, course(s) attended, theoretical approach(s) studied, and reasons for you choosing said approaches
Details of your approach to working in a trauma and identity-informed way, and your experience of working therapeutically with asylum seekers and/or refugees.
Experience of working within trauma-informed practice
What values would you bring to RTI
Current experience in working as a supervisor, your format, approach, frequency, length with current supervisor (if less than six months please include previous supervisor)
Briefly, can you tell us why you would like to work with RTI

To apply for this job email your details to romywakil@gmail.com.gabriellarefugeetrauma.org.