Beyond Torture: Ethical Issues Applying Psychology to Military Operations by Stephen Soldz, PhD

To kick off the season we will be hosting a party on October 4th! Come be social, have a drink and eat some treats. The social starts at 6:30pm followed by Stephen Soldz’s lecture at 7:30pm.  

1.5 CE Credits

For over a decade, professional psychology has been roiled by controversy regarding the roles psychologists play in
military operations. Primarily, this debate revolved around psychologist involvement with torture and abusive interrogations at Guantánamo and elsewhere. However, consultation to interrogations is but one example of operational psychology, the application of professional psychology to further military and intelligence operations. This talk will survey the torture debate in the APA, resulting in the historic Hoffman Report and removal of psychologists from detainee relations at Guantánamo. It will then discuss broader ethical issues in operational psychology, as contrasted with their traditional health provider role.

Learning Objectives:
After this intermediate/advanced presentation, participants will be able to:
1. Be able to describe reasons why many opposed psychologist participation in national security interrogations.
2. Explain differences between military and psychological ethics.
3. List three ethical issues raised by operational psychology.

Stephen Soldz is a psychologist, psychoanalyst, social activist, and researcher in Boston. He is the Director of the Social Justice and Human Rights Program at the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis. He has been in the forefront of efforts to withdraw psychologists from aiding abusive interrogations. Dr. Soldz published numerous professional articles, book chapters, and popular articles on U.S. torture, the roles of psychologists and the APA in detention abuses, and the role of psychology in understanding social phenomena. He shared the 2017 Division 39 Leadership Award. Dr. Soldz was a consultant on several Guantanamo legal cases.

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Date(s) - October 4, 2017
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Central Congregational Church
296 Angell Street (Diman Street entrance)
Providence, Rhode Island

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