International Services Clinical Advisor, The Center for Victims of Torture
Dr. Paul Orieny, PhD, LMFT, is responsible for supervising field expatriate psychotherapists, and providing clinical oversight to CVT’s international clinical programs operations in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Uganda.
For over 5 years before transferring to the International Services, he worked full time as a psychotherapist, and part of the CVT’s client services multidisciplinary team who work to rehabilitate the diverse CVT’s torture and trauma clients. He worked in individual, couples, family, and group psychotherapy formats with clients from Bosnia, Iraq, Georgia, Myanmar, Bhutan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Cameroon, Congo, Liberia, Togo, Zimbabwe, Laos, the Hmong culture, Eretria, Somalia, and Guinea among other places. Previous to this he worked around the twin cities in-home, school-based, and office based psychotherapy with at risk students, immigrant families, and inner city low income families.
Dr. Orieny holds a PhD in Family Social Science with Marriage & Family Therapy specialization from University of Minnesota. He has been involved in various research and in community-based participatory work around mental health with African community in the twin cities. He has teaching experience at graduate level in Marriage and Family Therapy. In addition, he is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Minnesota and is especially sensitive and knowledgeable about cultural, immigration, and socioeconomic issues as they relate to supervision, teaching, research, and psychotherapy.