Defence and Security is considered to be a domain of overlapping concerns arising from military, political, economic, criminal and legal activities affecting the well-being of the nation.
Wherever there is a human keeping Britain safe, there are psychologists working to support them, and the purpose of the Defence and Security Section is to provide a platform for psychologists working in these areas to share their experience, knowledge and best practice.
The field is broad, from government work on the security of our transport networks, to academic and clinical investigation of mental health in our Armed and Security forces and everything in between.
The Section has just been established, and its aims for the first 12 months reflect this. Primarily, the section seeks to:
- Bring together practitioners and researchers from the Defence and Security areas in order to share knowledge and expertise.
- Develop and promote a community of Defence and Security Psychologists by increasing the membership of the Section, which is free to members of the BPS for the first 12 months.
- Identify areas of interest to the community in order to direct the Sections focus.