PsyD Colloquium on Psychologists and Military Interrogation

col larry jamesColonel Larry James (ret.), PhD. ABPP, author of Fixing Hell, is giving a talk on Friday, November 13, from 2-4pm in the Moot Courtroom at Regent University. The talk is part of the 2009-2010 Colloquia Series sponsored by the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. The title of his talk is “What Really Happened at Abu Ghraib: A Psychologist’s Perspective.”

fixing-hell-coverThe topic of the role of psychologists in military interrogations has received a significant amount of attention in the American Psychological Association. Dr. James has been in the thick of things abroad (at Abu Ghraib and Gitmo) and at home in the debates about this, as well as the person who has been responsible for helping psychologists navigate both the demands of their work for the military and the standards and principles of the ethics code. I just finished reading his book, and the colloquium promises to be a fascinating presentation.

CAPS East Conference

rhodes groveThe Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS) East Region Conference is this weekend. I am taking a van full of students up to the Rhodes Grove Conference Center in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. The conference theme is Marriage and Family: Christian Integration in the 21st Century. The schedule is available here. What is particularly fun about this conference is that my colleague, Dr. Jen Ripley, is giving the main plenary addresses, and I am giving the other plenary address. Her talks are titled “Research in couples Reflections from a Christian psychologist” and “Relationship counseling Hope for the future.”

My plenary address is titled “Christian integration in family therapy: Functioning, relationship, and identity.” I’ll be talking about the themes from the integrative Christian family therapy chapter from the Family Therapies book that came out this past winter.

I am also providing a presentation with two doctoral students and ISSI team members on the topic of multicultural competence for working with sexual minority clients.

CAPS East is usually a smaller venue. It provides students with a good opportunity to give a professional talk – a paper or poster presentation – without it being a really large audience. Also, those who attend tend to be really supportive of students who are beginning to form their own professional identity. It is usually a very positive experience for everyone involved, and I’m looking forward to the time with students and colleagues.