Thu. Nov 14th, 2019

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FBI Special Agent Discusses Battlemind and the Psychology of Survival

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Doc is retired now. He’s not busy helping to catch serial killers or profiling for police agencies. If you get a moment check out this video from my good friend. This video, though slow-paced, is very insightful and particularly for those with little experience with this subject matter. We recorded this in his office last year and their are a few gems here to think about. Doc breaks down complex subject matter in easy to digest information for anyone to utilize.

Battlemind is the Soldier’s inner strength to face fear and adversity with courage. Key components include: Self confidence: taking calculated risks and handling challenges. Mental toughness: overcoming obstacles or setbacks and maintaining positive thoughts during times of adversity and challenge.”

Dr. Stephen R. Band entered on duty as a special agent of the FBI on December, 1983 and retired from the FBI on July 01, 2005. His 22-year career with the Bureau focused on counterintelligence, counterterrorism, undercover, and behavioral science operations.

He served as chief of the FBI’s famous Behavioral Science Unit and was instrumental in creating and leading the FBI’s Undercover [UC] Safeguard Unit (USU). USU serves to monitor the wellness and readiness of law enforcement officers engaged in UC operations to include crimes against children in cyberspace via the Innocent Image Task Force.

Dr. Band is presently a consultant supporting law enforcement and intelligence agencies. He is also a graduate of the New Jersey State Police Academy – 140th municipal class, and served his local community as a police officer during the 1970s. His doctoral degree was earned at Fordham University, New York City in counseling psychology, and he was a post-doctoral fellow of forensic psychology at Indiana University-School of Medicine.

Dr. Band is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists, and was a faculty member of the FBI National Academy (NA). Click on the BIS icon to access his page.

He formed and coordinates Fairfax County, VA Police Department’s (FCPD’s) Incident Support Service’s Behavioral on-call Team (BOT). BOT is composed of independent licensed psychologists with security clearances. BOT members are positioned to operate as a cohesive group or individually in response to highly complex challenges.

Dr. Stephen Band subscribes to the Spotter Up way of life. “I will either find a way or I will make one”.











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