The Jean Grey Institute pupil we love to hate gets evaluated to join the faculty.
Quentin Quire is a male who presents as being in his late adolescence and in healthy physical shape. He is a self-identified mutant with ties to the mutant rights group the X-Men. Although he is mostly known by his name, he is also known as “Kid Omega.”
The client was referred to the writer for an employment evaluation. After being a student at the Jean Grey School, Quire is now being considered as an instructor at the institution. Although this writer and the rest of the staff here have a long standing relationship with the school, this is the first time Quire has been seen.
Quire presents in session as arrogant and dismissive. He mentioned, early and often, his disgust with having to see a therapist to be evaluated and the field of psychology as a whole. He reminded the writer often that he was a true master of the mind and that what I did was “a junk science.”
After repeatedly refusing to provide the faculty at the Jean Grey School with assurance that he would not attempt to use his mental powers to influence this writer, the client was fitted with a device made by Dr. Henry McCoy (aka the Beast) to dampen those powers. Throughout session, however, he repeatedly attempted to remove said device, with no attempt at hiding his actions, and also asserted on multiple occasions, facetiously, that he had deactivated the device and that he would know show this writer how ridiculous the profession of psychology really is.
On the other hand, Quire once fomented a riot and seized control of the Xavier School. Although he presents as unpleasant and possibly having Antisocial Personality Disorder, he has showed emotional and moral growth that would be unlikely, if not impossible, for a person with that disorder.
(It should also be noted that, at the time of the riot, the client was too young to have been diagnosed with ASPD, although he still might have been given a diagnosis of conduct disorder.)
He has demonstrated the ability to work with others in a healthy manner—although I would not guess at his motives for doing so. He has, as near as can be determined, not committed a crime in some time and has even, it seems on observation, developed a grudging respect for some of the faculty.
These signs are encouraging to this writer. Although I would urge tremendous care to be taken in bringing the client in as an instructor, I also would hypothesize giving him the position with some responsibility and (even minimal) trust might encourage him to continue this growth. Additionally, he can continue to observe and, hopefully, model the actions of the adult, arguably more socialized instructors.
I do not make this recommendation lightly nor would I suggest he should be given a very long leash. However, given the strides he has made so far, as a short-term, probationary step, with the possibility of extending, I think this could be a very helpful thing for Quire’s moral and emotional development.
Please see the file WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN #1 from Doctors Jason Latour and Mahmud Asrar for their recommendations on Quentin Quire. Their report will be available for review on March 5.
Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is a Dialectical Behavior Therapy Consultant and Psychology intern at a small(ish) university in New York City. He works with gods significantly less than usual these days.