Colonel James Greenstone’s major focus has been
in developing, and in providing, care for service members and their families affected by deployments and redeployments to
current war zones. He has worked in this capacity since the Vietnam era and is involved with the Department of Defense in
providing some of these services, and was recently tasked by the Texas Adjutant General and the Joint State Surgeon to make
recommendations concerning psychological care for returning National Guard Soldiers.
With 40 years of practice, and almost 25 years as a
police officer James L. Greenstone, Ed.D., has expertise as a police psychologist, a therapist, a teacher, an author, a police
officer, a mediator and negotiator, and as a consultant. The field of Crisis Intervention has been his focus. For the
better part of his career as a police officer, he has worked extensively in the field of hostage and crisis negotiations.
As a mental health professional and consultant, and as a trainer of negotiators, as well as a member of hostage negotiations
teams, he is knowledgeable about negotiator training, current practices in this area, dealing with suicidal and barricaded
subjects, negotiations techniques, team development, and team and negotiator interactions with police tactical units. He has
participated in numerous hostage, barricaded and suicidal situations, and has practical experience in all aspects of hostage
and crisis negotiations team functioning.
According to the book description of, The
Elements of Disaster Psychology: Managing Psychosocial Trauma-an Integrated Approach to Force Protection and Acute Care,
“This book is design to aid in practical, day-to-day, on-the-scene disaster response and crisis intervention.
The elements are basics of any discipline and knowledge of them is critical to achieving success.”
The Elements of Disaster Psychology focuses on those basics that are needed by crisis and disaster responders in the field by providing an
integrated approach to force protection and acute care. The presentation is ordered in such a way as to provide quick
and easy access to the information needed from the initial deployment, to final debriefing.”