Randy Noblitt, PhD

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Randy Noblitt, formerly an Air Force clinical psychologist, is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at Alliant International University in Los Angeles where he teaches ethics, adult interventions, and a fourth year advanced clinical elective, Trauma and Dissociation.

His main clinical and scholarly interest is in ritual abuse and dissociation. He is the principal author of Cult and Ritual Abuse: Narratives, Evidence, and Healing Approaches, now in its third edition (Praeger, 2014), and also co-edited Ritual Abuse in the Twenty-First Century: Psychological, Forensic, Social, and Political Considerations, (Robert Reed, 2008).

Along with a team of dedicated colleagues, Dr. Noblitt hosts a dissociative disorders study group at the Los Angeles campus of Alliant International University that is open to other helping professionals and students.

The Quote

Things are not always what they seem to be. And they are not always what we expect them to be.
Randy Noblitt

What Led to the Specialization of Trauma?

Randy fell into the field of trauma by accident. He shares an early story of his experience as an air force psychologist working at an air base in England with the belief that trauma and dissociation was rare. However, a young male client came to Randy and explained to him what Randy would later understand to be ritual abuse. It wasn’t until years later when Randy was in private practice and began seeing clients actually dissociate in session that he realized trauma and dissociation weren’t as rare as he’d been taught to believe.

A Crucial Early Mistake

When Randy was beginning his education the prevailing thought of the times was that trauma and dissociation were infrequent occurences. This attitude and bias during Randy’s earlier time in his career interfered with his ability to connect with his clients.

Randy’s Why

There’s so much abuse that can be seen if we’re open to it that it can be overwhelming. We have a duty to be open to the trauma that our clients have faced.

Also, it’s very gratifying to work with clients who have profound limitations in their lives and to see them begin to function again.

Randy’s advice

  • Have an open mind and look at the vastness of trauma.
  • And don’t write off any particular area of trauma until you’ve worked with a client who presents with those particular symptoms and/or you’ve reviewed that specific literature in the field.

Randy’s go-to books

Interview Links

  • Randy’s Alliant email: [email protected]
  • [email protected]
  • Randy will be conducting a workshop on Accessing Dissociated Mental States on his campus on Saturday April 4, 2015. This workshop has been peer reviewed and approved for four continuing education credits. For information contact Randy at: [email protected]
Beck Gee-Cohen, MA LADC
Cathy Malchiodi, PhD

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