About Dr. Clark

Dr. Daniel Clark, PHD
Dr. Daniel Clark, PHD

As a licensed clinical psychologist currently working as the Washington State Patrol Department Psychologist, Dr. Daniel W. Clark, PhD provides clinical services to Washington State Patrol (WSP) employees and their family members, teaches at the WSP Academy, provides psychological screening of trooper cadet applicants, and consults with command staff on Agency issues.

Dr. Clark has studied suicide for over 30 years, and presented hundreds of hours on the topic from conference presentations to 2-day workshops. While a graduate student in Southern California in the 80's, he took the opportunity to attend a day-long presentation by the late Dr. Ed Shneidman that helped inspire him to choose suicidologySuicidology: The discipline of understanding and preventing suicide as his specialty. Dan has used that knowledge and experience in creating his 6 hour course, Assessment, Treatment, and Management of Suicide(ATMS). This course meets the new Washington State requirement for suicide training for mental health and medical professionals.

Also as a graduate student, Dan decided to complete his internship, or residency, with the U.S. Army. His first assignment was with 3d Infantry Division in Germany. He was called to serve in 1990 with 1st Armored Division (Iron Soldiers!) as the Division Psychologist during the first Gulf War, and learned a lot about PTSDPost-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A mental health condition triggered by experiencing or seeing a terrifying event and trauma. After completing his time in Germany with 3ID, he served at Madigan Army Medical Center and the 98th Combat Stress Control Company, then taught and eventually managed a senior course for Army officers. In late 2013, he was promoted to colonel and assumed the position of Reserve Component Psychology Advisor.

Dr. Clark is a faculty member of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation and a recognized CISMCritical incident stress management: is an adaptive, short-term psychological helping-process that focuses solely on an immediate and identifiable problem. It can include pre-incident preparedness to acute crisis management to post-crisis follow-up. Its purpose is to enable people to return to their daily routine more quickly and with less likelihood of experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder: Group Crisis Intervention, CISM: Advanced Group Crisis Intervention, CISM: Individual Crisis Intervention and Peer Support, and Law Enforcement Perspectives for CISM Enhancement instructor. In 1998, he developed his Suicide Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention course, which he presents with the ICISF International Critical Incident Stress Foundation around the country. He also co-wrote the Strategic Response to Crisis course with Drs. Jeff Mitchell and George Everly.

Oso/SR 530 Mudslide
Oso/SR 530 Mudslide Survey

He is a past-President of the Washington Critical Incident Stress Management Network. This organization provides training and service in managing critical incidents. In March 2014, representatives from the CISM Network deployed to the Oso/SR 530 mudslide in WA State which killed over 40 people. Dan was one of several team members that worked in the Incident Command Post; his specific role was as the clinical advisor to the CISM team. Their mission was to assist the 1200 responders cope with the disaster response. Members of the Network were on site for 30 days, and spoke to 3200 responders in 1-on-1s and 732 in groups

Dr. Clark has a variety of presentations prepared, including suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention; critical incident stress management; peer support; death notification; time, anger, and stress management; workplace violence; coping with change, communication skills, and related topics.

If you have a specific topic in mind that is not listed, contact us about developing a course to address your specific needs.