As a mental health professional, you will play a critical role in projects, both in emergency and longer term program contexts. In MSF projects you may be providing support to those experiencing sexual violence, suffering from the consequences of conflict, epidemics/pandemics, or because of a natural disaster. Experience in providing support in PTSD and trauma based programs are especially valued, as is clinical experience providing support for people with severe mental illness. Another important aspect is having experience in managing and supervising teams of other mental health clincians.
Scarlett’s first assignment with MSF was in 2021, when she spent 9 months working in a mental health clinic in Nablus, in the West Bank of Palestine. Over an 18 month period she ended up going on assignment with MSF twice, her second time, to a refugee camp for South Sudanese refugees in western Uganda.
“In Australia, I have worked in community health and private practice as a clinical psychologist, mainly seeing clients for therapy. Whereas in Palestine, my role was to lead a team of psychologists and support them with supervision and training, as well as help implement processes to support triage, crises and complex case management.