OFFERING CONSULTATION, TRAINING, AND LITIGATION SUPPORT FOR JAIL AND PRISON SUICIDE
Dr. THOMAS W. WHITE
" Experience is Common. Expertise is Rare"
Education 1959 - 1962 St. Paul Public School System 1968 - 1969 Highline Community College, Midway WA 1969 - 1971 Western Washington State Bellingham,WA Major Subject: Developmental Psychology Minor Subject: Biology Degree Obtained: B.A., June, 1971
1971 - 1975 University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas Major Subject: Clinical Psychology Minor Subject: Personality Theory Degree Obtained: M. A., March, 1973 Ph.D., October,1975
Dr. Thomas W. White was employed with the Federal Bureau of Prisons for 26 years before retiring in May of 2001, when he established Training and Consulting Services. He is a respected professional with more than 35 years of mental health experience. He is a licensed psychologist who has been in independent clinical practice and now is actively involved in teaching, training, consulting, and litigation support activities.
For 12 years, Dr. White was Chief Psychologist at several federal correctional facilities, most notably the U.S. Penitentiary, Leavenworth, Kansas and the Metropolitian Correctional Center, one of the first federal jails in the United States. As Chief Psychologist, he was responsible for a wide range of clinical activities, including individual and group therapy, specialized correctional training, staff supervison, and a variety of treatment programs. Early in his career, he conducted forensic evaluations for the Federal Courts and appeared as an expert witness in numerous criminal cases.
Dr. White obtained the position of Regional Administrator for Psychology Services were he completed the remaining 14 years of his government career. In that position, he was responsible for oversight of all psychology and drug treatment programs in 18 Federal Prisons, including 2 medical referral centers and 5 high security penitentiaries. These programs served the needs of over 22,000 inmates and were provided by 70 doctoral level psychologists and more than 75 specialized treatment staff. In addition, he also coordinated the Bureau of Prisons Suicide Prevention Program for 12 years. In that capacity he was involved in policy development, program oversight, staff training and consultation on a national and international level.
Since leaving government service, Dr. White has utilized his clinical and management background to provide litigation support services pertaining to matters of correctional mental health and jail and prison suicide. He has been retained as an expert by both plaintiff and defense counsels and has provided evaluations, affidavits, depositions or trial testimony in numerous civil lawsuits. Dr. White is prepared to offer knowledgeable opinions about the full range of clinical services provided to offenders as well as the adequacy of institutional policy and procedures.
Dr. White has provided consultation or training services to more than 20% of state departments of correction, federal institutions, county jail facilities as well as private corrections. He has also provided consulting services in Canada to a wide range of mental health providers such as the Correctional Services of Canada, community outreach programs, and mental health hospital staff. He has successfully helped decision-makers from national, state, county and private correctional organizations develop more effective strategies to avoid negative clinical outcomes for offenders, while minimizing systemic vulnerabilities for their organizations.
Dr. White's workshops on suicide risk management and clinical assessment have been presented to hundreds of mental health professionals and correctional administrators throughout the United States and internationally. To date, Dr. White has presented more than 75 in-depth, workshops to practitioners and students from a diverse range of professional disciplines for many nationally recognized professional organizations.
Academic and Publishing Experience
Dr. White has over 30 years of college teaching experience, on both the graduate and undergraduate level. He has authored or co-authored book chapters and more than 35 articles in nationally recognized psychological and correctional publications. Most notably, Dr. White is the author of, "How to Identify Suicidal People", a unique book about assessing suicide risk. It has received numerous favorable customer reviews from purchasers on Amazon.com as well as recommendations from the American Association of Suicidology, The Annals of Internal Medicine, the National Commission on Correctional Health Care, and was voted one of the best 250 books of the year by the highly respected Doody’s Health and Science Book Review Journal when it was published.
Awards and Affiliations
Dr. White is past Chair of the Criminal Justice Section of Division 18, of the American Psychological Association, he was the recipient of the Bureau of Prison’s Exemplary Research Award, and is affiliated with several professional organizations.