Watch Div19 President Mark Staal and Steven Reisner at the Ethics of Operational and National Security Psychology Debate
At the invitation of the American Psychology Law Society (Division 41), three voices representing different viewpoints regarding the ethics of operational psychology in national security were asked to present their positions (Steven Reisner, Randy Otto, and Mark Staal) at their Annual Conference.
Steven Reisner, a self-proclaimed "dissident" was instrumental in driving the APA toward self-examination and what would ultimately become known as the Hoffman Report. Dr. Reisner has been a frequent contributor in the popular press, and is a vocal opponent of the CIA and DoD and their role in supporting interrogation and detention operations. Dr. Reisner contends that both have engaged in the torture of enemy combatants. Mark Staal, presents the position of Division 19 and Military (Operational) Psychology. Division 19's position is drawn across three fault lines - three efforts used to attack operational psychology: #1) A False Dichotomy – an attempt to split operational psychology into two categories: “collaborative” and “adversarial,” on the basis of limited informed consent, the potential for unstipulated harm, and lack of proper oversight, #2) A False Narrative - The APA’s “Hoffman Report” which concluded there was “collusion” between APA leadership and senior DoD psychologists, and #3) A Failure in Principles – the Brookline Principles report, a document drafted by critics of operational psychology intended to codify practice guidelines for operational practitioners. Randy Otto, a forensic psychologist represents the position of Division 41 and Forensic Psychology. Due to technical difficulties, only Dr. Reisner and Dr. Staal's positions were included in the video.
Watch Div19 President Mark Staal ans Steven Reisner at the Ethics of Operational and National Security Psychology Debate at American Psychology-Law Society 2018 Conference. youtube.com/watch?v=cP1ZmffnMeA