i-phone image of Hong Kong harbor, by Dr. Livingston
continued clinical work & consultation
Jay continues to consult forensically and clinically, teach, train and supervise graduate students privately in various mental health agencies, conducts clinical research, and provides limited outreach services through community organizations and medical facilities.
He gives informational presentations to churches and community professionals likely to have refugees and torture survivors that they unknowingly serve. He presents current research findings at regional and national workshops, symposiums and conferences as he is available.
An example of his ad hoc consulting is his recent work to find a pathway through the local law enforcement and legal systems to ensure that detained non-English speaking refugees are understood and provided adequate interpreters and explanations of their rights, etc., given that they may be in especially grave risk of deportation.
assessment team in Monterey County
Until mid-August, 2016, Dr. Livingston worked with the F.A.S.T. Child Abuse Assessment Team in the Monterey County School District, a Psychologist on their team multidisciplinary team providing psychological/mental health assessment for children and families.
As an Adjunct Professor at U.C. Berkeley Extension for the last 19 years, Dr. Livingston thoroughly enjoys co-teaching the annual Psychological Assessment Update course with William Lynch, Ph.D. and Philip Erdberg, Ph.D.
Follow and support Dr. LIvingston's pro bono work at UKRAINE RECOVERY on this site, and globally on the website alwaysbelisteningglobal.com. He is a founding member of the Executive Board of Directors of always be listening global initiative 501(c)(3), an independent non-profit in the US serving war and armed-conflict affected children and youth in refugee camps, schools, and groups around the world, currently maintaining a presence in ten countries.
Dr. Livingston is currently an Attending Psychologist at a Correctional Center in Santa Clara County.
He continues his private practice of psychotherapy, conducting clinical and forensic psychological assessment, providing expert testimony, trainings for medical staff, consulting and offering second opinion services, teaching his yearly through UC Berkeley Extension with Dr. Phil Erdberg and Dr. William Lynch, providing individual supervisions.
After many years teaching Clinical courses, Ethics, and the Psychological Assessment series to doctoral students, primarily at Pacific Graduate School of Psychology with Roger Greene, Ph.D., Amy Wisniewski, Ph.D., Stephen Hubbard, Ph.D., and Dr. Ruebsamen, and annual UC Berkeley Extension Continuing Education in Psychological Assessment Courses with Phil Erdberg, Ph.D. and William Lynch, Ph.D., Dr. James "Jay" Livingston continues with UC Berkeley and private consulting, clinical and forensic assessments, evaluations and second opinion for various Courts, private practice assessment, treatment and supervision through Abbey Psychological Services in two locations - Saratoga and Monterey, CA. He is also Senior Psychologist and Board Member of Always Be Listening Global Initiative, a global nonprofit for war-affected children crossing high risk geopolitically unstable border regions in ten countries. He also conducts asylum and hardship evaluations when time permits.
He enjoys working with Silicon Valley executives and their families, with Security personnel and Medical professionals, and with an interesting range of individuals with longterm or situational issues and concerns.
A longtime Fellow in the Society for Personality Assessment, Jay is considered a "clinician's clinician" by colleagues, and those fortunate to have had their work supervised by him. He is regarded as one of the country's experts in psychological assessment, sought out in particular for his expert opinion and testimony regarding performance-based testing, the Rorschach Test.
He is expert in its use across multiple cultures and settings, including violence exposure, describing personality functioning, both alone and its integration as part of a battery incorporating such self-report measures as the MMPI-2 and the MCMI-III.
treating survivor's of torture and asylees,
Dr. Livingston worked with the Center for Torture Survivors, San Jose, CA since its inception for a decade, where he provided trauma treatment, conducted asylum evaluations, and testified as an Expert in Immigration Court on their behalf (eight of those years as CST Senior Psychologist.)
Dr. Livingston has evaluated and treated asylum seekers, torture survivors, and traumatized refugees from 69 countries, often with interpreters.
He screened all adult refugee arrivals in Santa Clara County for potential treatment while at Center for Survivors of Torture.
In that role, he conducted over two dozen trainings of medical, legal, social service, and mental health providers on the existence, recognition and the specialized techniques for the assistance of torture survivors here in the Bay Area and in Washington, D.C.
teaching Ethics in Hong Kong -
(see Cover Pic and Below)
It was "an interesting quandry!" -- adapting western ethics to communist China's culture - the concept of Confidentiality as we know it in the West wasn't possible under a Communist government. Dr. Livingston taught Privacy and its protection as a key concept but it had to be managed within the law.
Hong Kong obviously does not have any Testimony Privilege or other protections for resisting Governmental intrusion.