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Mental Health Training, Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Alexandria, Virginia, United States
May 19, 2019

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Dennis J. Hunt, Ph.D. 703-***-****-home

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Alexandria, Virginia 22305 e-mail:


Career Objective

To utilize my clinical training, management and advocacy experience to assist vulnerable individuals maintain healthy levels of functioning, so they will achieve their full potential and live happy lives. To mentor a new generation of mental health and social service professionals to develop their skills to become advocates for society’s most vulnerable members and clinically to become agents of positive change.

Strengths I would Bring to a Position

I am a visionary leader who can bring individuals together to achieve program objectives as a team. I am flexible, but organized and goal-focused. I enjoy challenges and am a creative problem-solver. I have excellent clinical skills and have children and adults experiencing a wide range of psychological and behavioral difficulties. I have special expertise in working with survivors of physical and sexual abuse, torture, displacement, loss and other forms of trauma. I am comfortable dealing with individuals from diverse cultures and working in communities in developing and war-torn countries. I speak Portuguese fluently and Spanish well. I have considerable expertise in assessing community needs and building strong NGOs and community collaborations. I write well and am comfortable in the role of teacher or presenter. I am willing to relocate for the right position.

Professional Certification

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Commonwealth of Virginia

District of Columbia

Foreign Languages

Portuguese: speak, read and write fluently

Spanish: speak, read and write with above average competency

French: good comprehension and reading abilit

Professional Certification

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Commonwealth of Virginia

District of Columbia

Foreign Languages

Portuguese: speak, read and write fluently

Spanish: speak, read and write with above average competency

French: good comprehension and reading ability

Education and Training

Ph.D. in Psychology (1988)

George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

M.A. in Psychology (1986)

George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

Clinical Child Psychology Pre-Doctoral Internship (1981-1982)

Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry.

Clinical Child Psychology Practicum (1979-1980)

Georgetown University Hospital Child Development Center, District of Columbia Superior Court Guidance Clinic, George Washington University Reading Center

B.S. in Psychology (1975)

University of Texas at Arlington

B.A. in Iberian and Latin American Languages and Cultures (1969)

University of Texas at Austin

Brazilian Literature and Political History courses (1967)

University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

Professional Experience

International Psychological and Consulting Services – Private Psychotherapy Practice and Mental Health Training and Consultation – May 2013 to present. Alexandria, Virgini

Recent Consultations:

Raytheon Corporation, Riverdale, Md. Culture, Stress and Mental Health in the Workplace, March 25, 2017

The Department of Behavioral Health, the District of Columbia, Washington, DC, 8/5/14-9/30/14.

The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, November 2015

Executive Director, Success for Kids, an international non-profit organization dedicated to teaching social-emotional skills to children living in adverse circumstances. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. June-September 2010. (I had to leave for medical treatment in the US)

Preceptor, Behavioral Health Center, US Naval Hospital, Okinawa, Japan. Provide clinical supervision and training to Navy and civilian substance abuse counselors. 2009 to 2010

Fulbright Scholar, Pontifica Universidade Catholica de Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Taught graduate seminars on understanding and responding effectively to the needs of children and families affected by violence and other risk factors. March-July, 2009 Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State

Associate Professor, University of Maryland University College Asia, Graduate Program in Counseling Psychology, Okinawa, Japan. 2008 to 2010 . Taught full range of counseling classes, supervised community internship and practicum placements and MA thesis work.

Founder and CEO of the Center for Multicultural Human Services (CMHS), an internationally recognized non-profit agency offering a broad range of mental health, educational and social services in 32 languages. CMHS was licensed to provide mental health services in Virginia and Washington, D.C. and served as a practicum training site for university students in Psychology, Counseling, Social Work, Art Therapy, Anthropology, Nursing and Psychiatry. Responsibilities included providing direct clinical services, training, supervision and overseeing program development, a budget of $5,000,000 and a staff of 100. 1992-2007

Selected Achievements as Executive Director of CMHS and Principal Investigator

Received the 2007 Award for the Advancement of Minority Mental Health from the American Psychiatric Foundation.

Secured a large multi-year grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop training and technical assistance on best-practices in providing mental health and social services to vulnerable immigrant and refugee populations.

Secured a large multi-year grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) to become one of 14 research centers nationwide in the National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative Network (NCTSN). Served as a founding member of the SAMSHA project and was a steering committee member involved in defining the mission, vision and goals of the multi-year project. Developed an award- winning educational video entitled Children of War in which refugee children tell extraordinary stories of war, traumatic loss, and displacement. Also, developed a therapeutic program for Sierra Leone children and contributed to the national efforts to create trauma-informed services appropriate for immigrant and refugee youth.

Developed a model gang prevention program and a model school-based mental health program that served nearly 4000 low-income immigrant children.

Developed a widely recognized treatment program for human trafficking victims and survivors of torture funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the United Nations

Collaborated with the Immigration and Refugee Services of America project to offer refugee-impacted communities throughout the US training and on-going technical assistance in developing mental health, educational and social services responsive to the unique needs of the refugee community. This was a highly successful multi-year project funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, a program of the Department of Health and Human Services ORR.

Affiliate Professor of Psychology, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. Taught graduate courses on clinical work with multicultural the Ph.D. Clinical Psychology Program1996-2006

Guest Lecturer, School of Social Work, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 1991. Sponsorship of USIA.

Clinical Field Supervisor for students in Art Therapy, Counseling, Social Work and Psychology at Georg Washington, Catholic, Howard, Marymount, George Mason and Johns Hopkins Universities, Holy Cross College, the University of Virginia and the American School of Professional Psychology. 1985-2003

Qualified Evaluator at the Division of Mental Health, Fairfax County Community Services Board, serving as an independent part-time evaluator, performing psychological assessments and testifying at detention hearings for children and adolescents hospitalized as a result of a psychiatric crisis. 1994

Regional Director of Connections, a multicultural foster care and counseling program of Catholic Charities of Richmond, Virginia, serving unaccompanied refugee minors. This program became specialized in providing services for Amerasian minors from Vietnam. 1982-1992 Represented the Virginia unaccompanied minors program at regular meetings with representatives of the HHS Ofice of Refuee Resettlement and other unaccompanied minors programs around the U.S.

Lecturer, Department of Psychology, George Washington University, Washington, D.C. 1977-1980

Instructor, Department of English, English for Foreign Students, George Washington University, Washington, D.C. 1976-1980.

Adjunct Professor, Department of English, English for Foreign Students, Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale, VA. 1977-1979

Professor, Depart of Foreign Languages and Literature, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil. 1970-1974

Lecturer of English and Literature, Faculty of Letters, University of Lisbon, Portugal 1969-1970

Instructor, Department of Speech, English for Foreign Students, University of Texas at Austin 1968-1969

Consulting Activities

Volunteer consulting in Brazil for national and local non-profit and government agencies around developing services for vulnerable children and families. 1987 to present

Care International

Evaluated the Social Service System throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina and developed a series of trainings aimed at to restructuring the system to be responsive to the post-war psycho-social needs of the population. 1998

International Children’s Institute of Canada

Evaluated and designed a therapeutic program for severely traumatized Kosovar children and families being held in United Nations refugee camps near Sarajevo in Bosnia. 1998

Northern Virginia Community College

Under a National Council on Aging grant developed cultural sensitivity training component of a curriculum for providers of home health care for the elderly. Annandale, VA, 1996-1997

Center for Human Disabilities, George Mason University

Served as consultant in the development of culturally sensitive curriculum materials to train professionals who work with special needs children, Fairfax, VA, 1992-1994

U.S. Department of Justice

Worked with police and U.S. Justice Department officials in Brazil to develop effective strategies for working with street children and other high- risk youth and their families. Conducted an assessment of current practices, assisted in the development of new approaches, and provided training on a variety of child welfare issues, 1992- 93

U.S. Agency for International Development and Partners of the America

Conducted a needs assessment focusing on high= risk children. Provided program planning workshops and project consultation. Over a three year period built a working group of 150 government officials, mental health, social service and legal professionals and police, guiding them in the development of plans to reorganize the social service, mental health and juvenile justice system in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1991-93

U.S. Information Agency

Conducted seminars and community conferences on child and family welfare issues for human service professionals and government officials; provided consultation on community programs and helped plan federal and state child welfare projects School and Social Work, Pontifical Catholic University, Rio de Janeiro and the Center for Children and Adolescents, Brasilia, Brazil, August 1991

Regional Bilingual Education Clearinghouses

Provided training and consultation on cross-cultural and mental health issues for school systems throughout the Eastern part of the United States 1986 - 92

National Public Radio, ABC News, BBC and other media

Provided interviews and consultation on refugee mental health issues, 1984 - 2007

National Institute of Mental Health

Reviewed proposals and provided training and consultation, 1984 - 88

Selected Presentations and trainings

Impacto da violencia e adversidade no desenvolvimento e aprendizagem infantile.

Universidade Federal de Rio de Janeiro, August 14, 2012

Domestic Violence: Understanding and Coping with Cultural and Psychological Factors. World Bank, Washington, D.C., October 19, 2012

Third Culture Kids: Adjusting to the American School System. Training provided to World Bank and Inter-America Development Bank employees and families, Washington, D.C., February 2008

Why Do Some Children Cope Better with Life Challenges? Training provided to World Bank employees and families, Washington, D.C., November 2007

Responding Effectively to the Health/Mental Health Needs of Immigrant and Refugee Families 2-day training provided to University of Virginia Family Medicine Clinic and Center for Global Health, Charlottesville, VA, November 2007

Children Traumatized by War. Casey School of Journalism, College Park, Maryland/Columbia, South Carolina April, 2002/June, 2002

Child Abuse and Neglect across Cultures and Developing Alcohol Education Programs for Multicultural Populations. National Alliance for Multicultural Mental Health Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, July 2002

Providing Services through an Interpreter and Developing Services for At-Risk Refugee and Immigrant Youths. Catholic Charities and Lutheran Social Services, Cleveland, Ohio, June 2002

Crossing Cultures in Mental Health: Responding to the Needs of the Multicultural Student Population George Mason University Counseling Conference, Fairfax, Virginia, May 2002

Helping Communities Respond to the Adjustment Challenges Faced by Refugees and Immigrants. Migration and Refugee Service of Nashville, Nashville, Tennessee, March 2002

Understanding and Responding to the Needs of Refugee and Immigrant Children Dade County Public Schools, Miami, Florida, December 2001; January 2002; December 2002

Understanding and Responding to the Adjustment Needs of Refugee Children and Families New Hampshire Office of Refugee Resettlement, New Hampshire, May 2001

Selected Presentations

Refugee Mental Health and Cross-Cultural Child Abuse Issues Maine Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardations and Substance Abuse Services, Portland, Maine, May & August 2001.

Understanding and Responding Effectively to Traumatized Immigrant and Refugee Children National Alliance for Multicultural Mental Health Conference, Galveston, Texas, June 2001

The Dynamics of Culture and the Refuge Experience: Implications for Medical Practitioners. Intermountain Health Care, Salt Lake City, Utah, August 1999.

Identifying and Responding to the Mental Health Needs of Refugees Catholic Charities, Hartford, Connecticut, July, 1999.

Refugee Mental Health and Program Development Issues The Departments of Health and Refugee Resettlement of North and South Carolina, June 1999

Recognizing and Dealing with Workplace Stress and Secondary Traumatization, Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Services, training for asylum officers, Arlington, Virginia/Miami, Florida. May 1998/April 1999

Development of Mental Health and Social Service Programs for Refugees International Institute of Boston, Boston, Massachusetts, March 1999

The Effects of Resettlement on Children and Adolescents National Alliance for Multicultural Mental Health Conference, Arlington, Virginia, March 1999

Reorganizing the Social Service Delivery System to Respond to the Needs of a Post-War Society CARE International, Bosnia & Herzegovina, May & July 1998

Developing Innovative Programs to Respond to the Mental Health Needs of Refugees National Alliance for Multicultural Mental Health, San Francisco, CA, September 1998

Responding to the Psychological Needs of Refugees When Mental Health Resources are Limited. National Alliance for Multicultural Mental Health, Boston, MA, March 1998

Cultural Awareness and Competency Skills Training Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Boise, Idaho October 2002

Children Traumatized by War. Casey School of Journalism, College Park, Maryland/Columbia, South Carolina April, 2002/June, 2002

Child Abuse and Neglect across Cultures and Developing Alcohol Education Programs for Multicultural Populations. National Alliance for Multicultural Mental Health Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, July 2002

Community Volunteer Activities Related to Refugees and Immigrants

Founding member of the Refugee Servvices Coalition of the Metro Washington Region. An effort to pool resources of various programs serving refugees in the metropolitan Washington region. 1982.

Founding member of theYouth Services Coalition of Northern Virgina. An effort to consolidate resources and maximize collaboration in serving the needs of vulnerable children, particularly refugees and immigrants. 1985.

The Non-profit Roundtable, represented the interests of refugee and immigrant children and families in a confederation of Washington Regional non-profit organizations. Also served as a mentor to other non-profit leaders in broadening their services to address the needs of immigrants and refugees. 1990s

Virginia State and local municipal budget hearings. Testified and prepared refugees to testify at budget hearings on the need for increased funding to address the psychological and social services needs of refugees and other traumatized displaced individuals

Selected Publications

Furukawa, E. & Hunt, D.(2011)Therapy with refugees and other immigrants experiencing shame: A multicultural perspective. In R. Dearing & J. Tangney (Ed.), Shame in Therapy Hour .APA, Washington, D.C.

Hunt, D.J. (2006) Pioneering Multicultural Mental Health and Human Services: A Case History of the Center for Multicultural Human Services, Center for Multicultural Human Services, Falls Church, Virginia.

Hunt, D.J., Moorland, L., Barossa, R., Huskins, M., Cal, S. (2002) Understanding Presenting and Treating Problem Behaviors among Refugee and Immigrant Youth, Center for Multicultural Human Services, Falls Church, Virginia (Report prepared for SAMHSA/DHHS).

Hunt, D.J. (2001) Issues in working with Southeast Asian Refugees. In D. Koslow and E. Salett (Eds.), Crossing Cultures in Mental Health, National Multicultural Institute, Washington, D.C.

Hunt, D.J. (1991) Mental Health among Refugees in the U.S.: The case of Southeast Asian children. Future Choices. 3 (1), 15-25.

Hunt, D.J. The Adaptation of Southeast Asian Refugee Children after Resettlement in the United States. Proceedings of the NIMH Conference on Refugee Children Traumatized by War and Violence, Bethesda, Maryland, September 28, 1988.

Hunt, D.J. (1988) The Effects of Stressful Life Experiences on the Adjustment of Refugee Adolescents in Foster Care. University Microfilms International, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Hunt, D.J. (1987) Training Bilingual Staff to evaluate Refugee Families as Sponsors. Script for videotape produced under a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Department of State and the United States Catholic Conference.

Hunt, D.J. (1986) Child Abuse in Minority Populations. Virginia Child Protection Newsletter. Vol. 19, p. 4-11.

Hunt, D.J. (1986) Forum: Refugee Youth. Contributed to article in Passage: A Journal of Refugee Education published by the Center for Applied Linguistics and the Bureau of Refugee Affairs of the United States Department of State. Vol. 2, #2, pp. 41-42.

Hunt, D.J. (1986) Refugee Mental Health: The Staffing Dilemma. Mental Health Association of Northern Virginia Newsletter, 5 (1), 2-3.

Hunt, D.J. (1984) Assessing Cognitive and Emotional Functioning of Vietnamese Refugee Adolescents: An Experimental Screening Procedure. Proceedings of the National Unaccompanied Minors Conference, Washington, D.C.

Luis, J. & Hunt, D.J. (1979) Children of Separation and Divorce: Factors influencing Adjustment. Journal of Divorce. 3 (1), 34-37.

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