Psychosocial Assessment Trainer

Before You Apply

Peace Corps Response positions are open to returned Volunteers or U.S. citizens with significant professional and technical experience.

Project Description

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) is needed to serve as a Psychosocial Assessment Specialist & Trainer at the Upton Gardens Girls’ Center in Castries, St. Lucia, Eastern Caribbean. Upton Gardens provides quality care to young girls between the ages of 12 and 16 who are abused, neglected, displaying maladjustment behaviors or other behavioral problems. Although participation in the program is not mandatory for the girls, the staff attempts to create an environment of warmth, trust and encouragement such that even the most difficult girls tend to feel a sense of belonging and want to stay in the program. Appropriate interventions and strategies are utilized to help girls work on their behaviors, with the aim of reinforcing positive behavior, reducing or eliminating the negative and helping them to develop problem solving skills, increase coping capacity and build self-esteem. In order to provide the individualized assistance to support the girls in their development, it is necessary to conduct the appropriate psychosocial assessments to determine their needs.

A Psychosocial Assessment Specialist & Trainer, with an advanced relevant degree and at least 3 years’ professional experience conducting assessments, is needed to assist the Center’s staff in identifying and addressing the girls’ emotional/behavioral challenges. The PCRV will assist the staff with identifying appropriate psychosocial assessment tools, train staff on how to administer psychosocial assessments, and train staff on best practices for dealing with the behaviors of children with emotional or behavioral challenges. The PCRV will also participate in multi-disciplinary team consultations and decision making meetings with respect to student placement and intervention, facilitate various types of support groups, and develop and present parent support training programs. The goal of this assignment is to build the capacity of the Center to meet the girls’ learning needs.

Please note these are approximate departure dates and may change due to programmatic needs.

Partner Information

Upton Gardens Girls’ Center

Required Skills

• Master’s degree in psychology, social work or other related field
• Minimum of 3-5 years’ experience conducting assessments, particularly those related to intelligence, behavior/emotional functioning, social functioning, self-concept and self-esteem
• Experience working with at-risk students
• Training and support group facilitation skills
• Strong interpersonal skills
• Skilled use in Microsoft office programs
• Ability to develop organized reports that can be used to inform decisions regarding student placement and/or services

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Medical Considerations in Eastern Caribbean

  • Eastern Caribbean may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: ongoing counseling.
  • The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: none identified.
  • Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: none identified.
  • After arrival in Eastern Caribbean, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot and mandatory immunizations.

Before you apply, please also review Medical Information for Applicants to learn about the clearance process and other health conditions that are difficult to accommodate in Peace Corps service.

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