School of Psychology & Counseling

Army Psychologist Addresses Students at Colloquia

November 17, 2009

Original Source: Regent University News

Col. Larry C. James (ret.) Col. Larry C. James (ret.), dean of the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University, addressed Regent University's School of Psychology & Counseling (SPC) students on November 13, as part of the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) 2009-2010 Colloquia Series. James presented on "What Really Happened at Abu Gharib: A Psychologist's Perspective," highlighting issues that students should be aware of if pursuing a career as a psychologist in a correctional institution.

To illustrate these issues, James drew on many of his experiences from several years ago when he served as the chief psychologist for the Joint Intelligence Group in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (2003) and as the director of the Behavioral Science Unit at the Joint Interrogation and Debriefing Center in Abu Ghraib, Iraq (2004).

He explained the steps that psychologists need to take to stay mentally and emotionally healthy when dealing with trauma, and how to understand various situations through a behavioral-science standpoint. James also discussed how to maintain a proper code-of-conduct when working with leaders in and around correctional institutions. While at Abu Ghraib, Iraq, James was tasked with developing a mental health clinic to deliver services to approximately 8,000 prisoners.

The Psy.D. Colloquia Series brings outstanding professionals and scientists in psychology and related fields to Regent to speak on a wide range of topics, from marital work with difficult couples to evolving roles for psychology in health care. The series has featured leading psychological researchers, anthropologists, military psychologists, philosophers and presidents of the American Psychological Association and its divisions to give the Regent academic community cutting-edge access to the world of psychological science.

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