School of Psychology & Counseling

Military Psychologists Speak to SPC Doctoral Students

June 30, 2009

Lt. Col. Anderson, director of the clinical psychology residency program at Malcolm Grow Medical Center at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.

Original Source: Regent University News

by Sarah H. Dolan

Traditional counseling methods have long-held an important role in the military. But today, military psychologists have pioneered a new counseling model, impacting the role of traditional counselors. Military psychologists Lt. Col. Anderson and Capt. Chris (John) Noah spoke to Regent University School of Psychology & Counseling (SPC) doctoral students about the new model, integrated primary care psychology, as part of Regent's Psy.D. Colloquium Series.

Anderson is the training director of the clinical psychology residency program at Malcolm Grow Medical Center at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. He explained to the Regent students how the Air Force is on the cutting edge of integrated primary care psychology. This new model is reported to impact business operations and requires a lot of clinical skills to be effective.

In addition to the discussion on integrated primary care, Anderson and Noah encouraged the students to consider counseling careers in the Air Force. They outlined the benefits and types of Air Force internships available to counselors and touched on details ranging from the application process to training procedures and career opportunities after internship.

The Psy.D. Colloquium series brings outstanding professionals and scientists in psychology and related fields to the campus. The series has featured leading psychological researchers, anthropologists, military psychologists, presidents of APA, and its divisions and philosophers to give the Regent academic community access to the world of psychological science.

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