Website Refugee Trauma Initiative

At RTI, we provide vital psycho-social support to asylum seekers

Freelance Supervisor or Group Therapist with Refuge 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 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.
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 ad hoc training and capacity-building support to local NGO partners. We work at
two levels 1) direct delivery 2) training partners to embed trauma-informed, identityinformed and value-based practices.

The ‘Baytna’ Programme

In December 2016, RTI in partnership with Help Refugees created Baytna, a programme
of early learning and psychosocial support for young refugee children and their
parents. Over the past three years we have developed Baytna into a model that can be
replicated and adapted to suit a wide variety of contexts.
Baytna, meaning “our home” in Arabic, provides high-quality pre-school education and
specialist psychosocial support to children aged 0-12 and their parents. Baytna was
developed especially to take into account the particular needs of refugee children
who have may have suffered trauma and could be showing signs of toxic stress. With our
ECCD programme, we strive to give these children the opportunity to learn and play and
to develop healthy and secure relationships.
Baytna nurtures the attachment between parents and children to enhance the socioemotional, cognitive, and physical development of children we work with. The
programme caters for the whole family enabling families to support each other in a
challenging context. Baytna includes sessions for parents to alleviate stress, address
trauma and to build the resilience of parents to keep their families safe and healthy.

The project: Baytna Hubs
The Hubs Project, is a programme of support to assist organisations around Greece in
adapting Baytna model and delivering quality early childhood care for young children and
their families.
The vision of the Baytna Hubs is to create a nationwide network of organisations that will
be able to implement the specialist ECCD model that has been developed specifically
within the context of the Greek refugee crisis. Using the existing curriculum framework,
RTI and Help Refugees are working together to scale Baytna to a national level.

RTI is seeking to hire a free-lance group psychotherapist and/or supervisor, with lived
experience of being a refugee, to co-facilitate 1-2 fortnightly therapeutic supervision
spaces a week for a group of psychosocial workers who are asylum seekers and refugees,
living in Greece.

RTI has recently funded partner organisations we work with to hire community
psychosocial workers to join their Baytna teams.Alongside the training and support provided by partner organizations, RTI is providing
bespoke training, as well as a fortnightly therapeutic supervision space, to support these
community PSS workers to explore the impact of this work on them, and to create a space
for group members to develop their own psychosocial tools including self-care, grounding
and self-regulation tools.

We are seeking a therapist who has first-hand experience of being an asylum seeker and
refugee, who can act as a guide and role-model, to co-facilitate this group, alongside RTI’s
Head of Programmes and Clinical Lead – Gabriella Brent

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

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

2 hours fortnightly @ £60pounds per hour
1.5 hours for group, 30 mins for prep, debrief & notes
Zoom group (set up by RTI): All group members are currently living in Greece, however
in different locations. The group will be conducted online via zoom for 1.5 hours.
The group will be conducted in English, however it would be helpful to have an Arabic or
Farsi speaking therapist to be able to converse with group members in their mother
tongue as appropriate. That said, if you feel you are a good fit for this role and speak
another language, please do still apply.
Start week:
12th October

• To attend a 2 hour induction session
• To provide fortnightly therapeutic supervision to a group of up to 10 community
psychosocial workers
• To write summary session 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
Person specification
• Once committed, applicants must be available to complete a year’s work – until
end of September 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. In addition, trainees will be asked to supply a
confirmation letter from their training institution
Essential experience
• Experience facilitating or supervising therapeutic groups
• Qualified from or in a recognized and ethical training accredited by UKCP,
BACP, BABCP, HCPC, BPC or BPS (UK) or country specific equivalents
• A minimum of 150 client hours (not including befriending)
• At least six months consecutive of personal therapy
• If a trainee, currently in personal therapy
• A thorough understanding of social justice identity issues including race, gender,
gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, class, immigration status and more
• Awareness of safeguarding and data protection issues
• In personal supervision

Desirable experience
• Qualified supervisor/counsellor/psychotherapist/clinical or counselling
• 450+ client hours
• Has experience working with young people (16-25)
• Trained in trauma approaches
• Experience participating in social justice work either professionally or
• Knowledge of liberation psychology or radical pedagogy – e.g. healing
justice, decolonised education, pedagogy of the oppressed

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact: Gabriella Brent on
+447766053569 or at
To apply, please send a CV & supporting application addressing the following set
questions. (No more than 1000 words for all four questions)
1. Tell us about a social justice issue that makes you angry and why it matters to
2. Describe a piece of client work you are really proud of and explain why
3. Tell us what understanding someone holistically means to you
4. Tell us about you, your qualities and skills that make you suited to this role
The deadline is on Sunday 4th of October 2020 by 5pm, but early applications are

If you cannot make this deadline but are interested, please get in touch with Gabriella

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