Professor Treats Refugees at AACI’s Center for Survivors of Torture

Dr. James Livingston, an adjunct professor at Alliant’s California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP), has been helping refugees in Santa Clara County, CA for more than 10 years as a senior staff psychologist at the Asian Americans for Community Involvement’s (AACI) Center for Survivors of Torture.

The program provides services to new arrivals, most of whom are victims of torture in their home countries. In addition to treatment, the center conducts forensic evaluations and mental health screenings. Since its opening in 2000, it has provided services for clients originating from over 60 countries around the world.

Livingston plays a very active role in educating practitioners about the needs of torture survivors and refugees. Last fall, he presented two UN-sponsored workshops on “Providing Psychological Services to Survivors of Torture” to local clinicians.

So far this year, he has presented on “Cultural Sensitivity with Traumatized Refugees and Survivors of Torture” at the California Psychology Association of Graduate Students (CPAGS) Cross Cultural Conference and on “Convergent Validity of a Mental Health Screen for Newly Arriving Refugees” at the National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs (NCTTP).

At Alliant, Dr. Livingston teaches psychodiagnostic assessment, which draws directly from his vast experience out in the field. His work inside and outside of the classroom is vital to helping generate awareness and expand expertise in the field.

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