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74' Approved For Release 2001/08/3ZEIP78-06369A009100040001s3T 3 ipril or Ca ;,7- on ovcnological .,ervicoa L. The attached staff study ia suaitti herewith_ as en analysis- of the problem of providing. more. effectively psychological services to meet the smpending requirements of the Agency. Thie (staff :study in its present form togetber with the action paper required to put It Into effect has not been epordinated outside the Ofice of Iraining. The correspondence included under Tab A of the start study dome, however, indicate that the DODA is in general agreereel in principle with the tiffice of Training positicsa on -this problem. ,*$+ This study la thereitore au/anted to you fOr preview and any commute you earn to make at this time. Your official approval is not requested mow. Aftsr your review and comment, the Office of Training will undertake the normal staff floordi- nation on this paper and su4elt it to you fOr final epproval upon oompletien of the coordination process. starrCtudy on Psycho OTR/PRS/LKS:mjf DISTRIBUTION: Orig. and 2 - Addressee 1 - DTR & DDTRie 1 - C/A&E/OTR 1 - PRS/OTR kik MD Director of Traininx owl / an ons:j7:-/-.-Vi 6-,, 6459 lia MP ? ilfi --14.--. TTP1 0/ illuil suss ,-.5 nall /0 UV art 4.)0, an asv aoiq ova is ea Approved For Release 2001/08/31?LIA-RDP78-06369A000100040001-3 SECRET Approved For Release 2001/08/31 : CI TOI Director of Central Intelligence SUBJECT Psychological Serviced PROBLai; To establish polio and respone psythological services required 2. FACTS BEARING ON TILL PLOBLE-k: 101106369A004100040001-3 ite0( Si 3 ity for the support of C Ion of ivities. a. In recent surveys of the Office of Training the Inspector General and the Management Staff Lave commented upon the lack of a clearly defined staanent of policy and responsibility for the provision of psychological services within the Agency. b. Agency requiremente for psychological services are steadily increasing not only in terms of the testing, evaluation, and assessment of individuelli in headqnarters and overseas, but also in terms of applyi 4i;n psychological techniques to various and differing operationaa problems of the Agency. ? In order to carry out its miosion the Office of Training has established over a period of years a staff of highly competent professional psychologists with training and experience in the clandestine services both overseas and at headquarters. This staff is supported by a filly cleared group of professional consultants who are nationally recognized as being outstanding in their various fields of specialisation. On 8 January 1.954 the Lirector of training advised the Deputy Director (Plans) of the need to clarify the relationship between the Office of Training and the Deputy Director (plane) components for more effective utili4ation of psychological services by components of the Deputy Director (Plans). On 4 Pebruary 1954 the Deputy Director (Plans) replied and expressed general support for the conclusions and recommendation of the Office of Training On this subject. A copy of this correspondence is included here- with under Tab A. e. While the psychological assets of the Office of Training are recognised and used by some components of the Agency, this has not prevented, in other !instances, Agency use of psychologists Approved For Release 2001/08/31 : fiketliarl8-06369A000100040001-3 aribm.t Approved For Relffse 2001/08/31 :211078-06369A0041400040001-3 who were not the st qualified in given fields, Agency employ*ent of doubtful psychological tecilniques, and the ineffectuel appli- cation of good psychological techniques both in headquertere and at overseas installations. The need for estahliehing Agency policy and responsibility for the provision of psychological eervices is intensified by the growth of Agency requirementa for sucn services, and, by the loss of efficiency which results within the Agency from uncoordinated and indiscriminate use of psychologies' personnel and psychological techniques in current Agency practice. such practices fall to use psychological assets presently available to the Agency in the Office of Training. D BOWS ION: a. In the interests of econony of force- and more effective use of available attests, it should be the policy of the Agency that all activities (a) involving the testing, evaluetion and assessment of personnel used by the Agency either in headquartere or overseas, and (b) involving the application of psychological techniques for operational purposes shell he reviewed, coordinated, and concurred in by the Office of Trein1ng4 b. To put this policy into, effectl the Office of Training, in addition to its current responsibilities for psychological services, should be given responsibility for (a) providing staff supervision over the procurement, assignment, and utilisation of professional psycho- logists throughout the Agency izaluding its overseas inetallations (this responsibility is similar to that of the Medical Office with respect to the -Lee of medf,eal personnel of the Agency), and (h) responsibility for review, coordination, and concurrence on all Agency activitiee involving the use of psychological services and techniques in support of Age ney operations. 4. OONCL1JSION5 Approval of the policy a reeponsibilities cited in the preceding paragraphs would ensure maximum usa of existing Agency psychological smote and would increase tile potential of psychological services and techniques to support Aoncy operation's. 5. RECOMMENDATIONS; a. That the CIA notice attachoc at Te:b i be approved nd ditriluted to all components of the Agency. b. That the Director of Training be authorized to dify the state- ment of mission and functions of the Office of Training in -2- Approved For Release 2001/08/31S=P78-06369A000100040001-3 Approved For Re!else 2001/08/.21 : - -RDP78-06369A000400040001-3 accordance with the foregoing statemen s of policy and es- ponsibility governing the provision of psychological services within the Agency. MATTHEW BAIRD Director of Training S5: Tab At (1) Staff Study dated 8 Jan 54 to DD/P frouLD sub. Psychological 5ervices. (2) Reply dated 4 Feb 54 from Acting Deputy Director (Plans to DTR; BUN, Psychological Services. Tab Bi Draft CIA Notice. ACTION a APPROVING AUTHORZY: APPROVED: Director of Centra.l Intelligexce Approved For Release 2001/08/31 : CIVDP78-06369A000100040001-3 SECRET Approvtid For Release 2001/08/31 : CIA-RDP780,6369A000100040001-3 Approved For Release 2001/08/31 : CIA-RDP78-06369A000100040001-3 Approved For Release 2001/00:11iIRDP78-06369A0W10004000141 3 TO; Deputy Dirac SDBJCTs Psychological &? There enlists need Assessment and Evaluatin for more effective utilleeti-n of psychological it Jan. 1954 ma's SEAR1141 ON re MAMMA! Historically, psychological services clandestine intelligence oommasity for the Assessment and evaluation functions under OSS Training and continued there wader the CIA Office Operations ((250). Free then till now components of have been furnished pcythologieel services by the A & of O. the Staff A & E Staff of OTR is able to provide the ervicest assessmate, to atoll, on suitability for gnment of "toff end contract personnel. echniques, applied to such problems as lemons personnel deyeloping evaluation procedures. Staff is under the leadership of a nationally roe the staff itself is composed of psychologists wi **tine trairing. A majority-of its seeesement personnel seas experience with this Agenor, or its predecessors. by orgsnisetion.i elements within the DD/P are interest in using psychological services; however, many have been directed to obtaining psychological 1 or the established A &I Staff. In some teohniquee have been employed by personnel psychological method'. (See Tab A). SECRET Approved For Release 2001/08/31 : _R 06369A000100040001 ApprovedForRelease200110gMRDP78-06369A000100040001-3 DISCUSSIMI 4. Use of independent pa within the A AS Staffs lielag to provide the 0400 b. Utilising ...street payehologie of the eeetraet tour of duty the experience Agency with the individual's departures c. Oa thft other baud a *entra1 eroup of otaff psychologists, mod in the fundementel prinoiples of zaandostine action and with increasing Agency assessment experience, could be used where sect Alan needed on either oversees or diemmetle ersignments. There are many praSeseilneL- 40 involved is setting up an adequate screening or eeenmset preEiu, end application of psychs., logical techniques by non.psycholegints leads to the danger of uneritieel intorpretetion of essessmont or aereening results. 4. CONCIZIONdi The Mg start has provided aM can co services for the oft. alleation with the A 4 x Staff of all psycho ogical servieee DOA, it *Meted would result in "meow and long...range V080004, ommuumas lagiste used by the ODA should be obtained through the (2) Contreet parihelegiste should be given training in clandestine tredeersift as well as in A A 5 procedures. b. Use of psychologisal teats by non.poyohologists should be s j prior review Or the A cm, stat. es A senior nsiber of the mit Staff abould be designs the above reeeenendations in coordination with the and oonsidor the advisability of establishing A &I La selected areaseversees to insure thin Agmecoutraised psyshologists provide professional aseistamee on psyehologicalymetaems eneountered abroad. / Mathew 'sir* SAM Director or Approved For Release 2001/08/31 : CIA-RDP78-06369A00010 40001-3 SECRET 5X1A Approved For Release 2001/08/31 : CIA-RDP78-06369A000100040001-3 Next 1 Page(s) In Document Exempt Approved For Release 2001/08/31 : CIA-RDP78-06369A000100040001-3 Approved ft`zr Release 2001/08/31 : CIA-RDP78-06469A000100040001-3 Approved For Release 2001/08/31 : CIA-RDP78-06369A000100040001-3 25X1A Approved For Release 2001/08/31 : CIA-RDP78-06369A000100040001-3 Next 1 Page(s) In Document Exempt Approved For Release 2001/08/31 : CIA-RDP78-06369A000100040001-3