International expert for providing training services to psychologists in managing the diagnosis interview of the Posttraumatic Stress Syndrome - CAPS 5

Deadline for application: 
20 Aug 2017
Country(s) that the job is based in: 
National Center for Child Abuse Prevention (NCCAP)
Job type: 
Specialist Expert

Selection contest for an international expert for providing training services to psychologists in managing the diagnosis interview of the Posttraumatic Stress Syndrome - CAPS 5 (Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale for DSM-5)

The National Center for Child Abuse Prevention (NCCAP) is a non-governmental organization, which since 1997 has been carrying out extensive activities in the Republic of Moldova to prevent and combat all forms of violence against children. In this context, since 2000, the NCCAP supports the operation of the specialized multidisciplinary assistance service for child victims of violence. The psychological assistance of children who suffered from one of the forms of violence, including human trafficking and serious forms of child labor, is one of the basic forms of child support within the framework of this service.

According to the methodology of offering specialized psychological assistance, psychologists carry out psychological assessment, which is often aimed at determining the degree of traumatization of the child as a result of the traumatic event (s) and in identifying the consequences that affected the psychic functioning, including the posttraumatic stress disorder. Various psychodiagnostic tools are used for this purpose: semistructured interviews, self-assessment scales, symptoms checklists, questionnaires, especially for the detection of the symptoms and their severity.

According to the latest changes in the DSM-V edition, post-traumatic stress disorder is no longer considered an anxiety disorder, but one classified in the newly introduced category as "Trauma and Stressor-Related Disorders" - trauma and stress-related disorders (309.81 F43.10) Respectively, diagnostic tools have been adapted

One of the mandatory tools used in the psychological evaluation is the semi-structured clinical interview. Given that there is a new version of the post-traumatic stress syndrome diagnosis interview (CAPS-5), we want to train the center's specialists in applying this tool, interpreting the obtained results and formulating the conclusions so that we can provide pertinent conclusions in the psychological assessment reports requested by law courts in the case of child victims of crime.


Developing the skills of psychologists within specialized services to assist child victims of violence in assessing the symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder by managing the diagnosis interview of the Posttraumatic Stress Syndrome - CAPS 5 in children.


Carrying-out a 7-hour (or 12-hour) training workshop for psychologists from within the specialized services for assisting child victims of violence in trauma assessment and assistance, focusing on the following:

  • Describing the current and complete diagnostic criteria for PTSD in accordance with DSM-5;
  • Describing the key features of CAPS-5 and identifying of the principles of the interview needed to administer CAPS-5;
  • Describing how the client is guided at the CAPS interview and assessing the exposure to trauma;
  • Describing/identifying the techniques for addressing the discrepancies and response tendency in the respondents' responses during the CAPS-5 interview;
  • Describing/recognising any co-existing conditions that may accompany or share the PTSD symptoms.


The expert must meet the following requirements:

  • Specialization in clinical psychology;
  • Experience in administering the CAPS-5 interview in children;
  • Work experience with child abuse, confirmed (minimum 5 years);
  • Knowing the Romanian language will be an advantage.


  • The candidate's CV reflecting the relevant experience;
  • Letter of intent;
  • Financial Offer (total price, fee per day, in EURO);
  • Contact details of at least 2 people / Reference organizations.


  • Candidate's level of expertise;
  • Previous relevant experience;
  • The financial offer adequately reflects the technical offer;
  • The general aspect of the offer.

Application procedure:

The application deadline is August 20, 2017

The carrying-out period of the training workshop: negotiable, preferably in the period between August and September 2017

The application file should be sent to the following address:

National Center for Child Abuse Prevention, Chisinau mun., 61/2 Calea Iesilor str.

E-mail: with the following title "Expert in administering CAPS-5".

For more information on NCCAP, please visit 

This activity is organized in partnership with the Empowering Children Foundation within the project "Preventing the Abuse and Sexual Exploitation of Children in Central and Eastern Europe" with the financial support of the OAK Foundation.

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This project is funded by: