Dr Phil Watts runs a variety of professional training, with more than 25 years experience.
Dr Phil Watts has more than twenty years experience in running workshops for a variety of professional organisations. This year, he will be running the following workshops:
Dr Phil Watts can also provide peer supervision and in-house training.
- Personality Assessment Inventory Plus (PAI -PLUS) - 2 Hour Webinar
- Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI): Introduction and Advanced Interpretations and PAI Plus - Full Day Webinar
- Personality Assessment Inventory Adolescent Version (PAI-A) - 3 Hour Webinar
- Writing Reports for Court: Practical Skills for Clinicians - Whole Day Webinar
- Understanding Internet Pornography - 3 Hour Webinar
- Bullet-proofing Psychology - Whole Day Webinar
- Difficult People - Whole Day Webinar
- Case-notes and Records: Ethical, Legal and Practical Issues - 3 Hour Webinar
Dr Phil Watts can also provide peer supervision and in-house training.
Personality Assessment Inventory Plus (PAI -PLUS)
Register for Webinar - Friday 30 April 2021 at 9:30am (AEST)
Psychological Assessment Australia (PAA) are proud suppliers of the PAI in Australia. They have teamed up with Dr Phil Watts run a two-hour webinar on new and exciting PAI-Plus extensions.
For the last 30 years the PAI has been establishing itself as a psychological instrument of practical utility in assessing clinical pathology. This workshop is designed to help psychologists get up to speed with the new scales which are designed to make this great test even greater! This workshop is based on the understanding that participant is familiar with the PAI (if not, see the one-day introductory workshop).
The PAI Plus takes the existing PAI items and gives users an updated way to interpret the data. Using the PAI, an objective inventory of adult personality, the new report offers:
The workshop is a practical introduction to these new scales and includes time for questions.
Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI): Introductory and Advanced Interpretations and PAI -Plus
Register for Webinar - Friday 1 October 2021 at 9:30am (AEST)
Psychological Assessment Australia (PAA) are proud suppliers of the PAI in Australia. They have teamed up with Dr Phil Watts run a full-day workshop on the PAI including the recent PAI-Plus extensions.
For the last 25 years the PAI has been establishing itself as a psychological instrument of practical utility in assessing clinical pathology. This workshop is designed to help psychologists get the most from an assessment which involves the PAI.
The focus of the workshop is on practical skills training. The format of the day involves an initial review of the nature and structure of the PAI clinical scales in the morning. The practical skills training involves analysing a real protocol to establish confidence in using this tool both in formal assessments and clinical cases. The afternoon section focuses on response style indicators and detecting positive and negative (malingering) response patterns.
This workshop uses group discussion throughout the day. A range of cases are considered including family court, workers compensation, criminal related matters, and clinical assessment. The cases are real clients. If you have a scored but unusual PAI bring it along to for discussion. Application in personnel selection is touched on.
Writing Reports for Court: Practical Skills for Clinicians
Register for Webinar - Monday 9 August 2021 at 2:00pm (AEST)
A properly written report is the best defence against going to court, yet most health professionals receive no formal training in structuring reports for the legal forum. Whether you regularly conduct independent assessments, or you are a treatment provider occasionally having to produce a report, the style and format are key factors as to whether a report will be useful to the judiciary and helpful to your own testimony.
This workshop effectively explains what the court system is looking for in a report and helps you develop ways to “lawyer-proof” your written work. It is designed to help you get the most out of your assessment data. It emphasises the critical issue of forensic mindset versus the treatment approach to cases. The workshop structure consists of four main sections. These sections will help you:
The workshop is ideal for those new to the area while experienced practitioners will enjoy comparing their approach to the sample reports.
Register for Webinar - Friday 3 September 2021 at 9:00am (AEST)
Psychologists function in a world of increasing professional accountability and potential litigation. A core competency required of all psychologists is an understanding of ethical, legal and professional matters. This is a practical and “hands on” workshop to equip you with knowledge and skills related to different aspects of professional practice for both those in the public sector and private practice.
Some of the areas considered include:
This course is very helpful to provisional and new psychologists but is relevant to all psychologists interested in maintaining high standards of professional practice whether in private practice or in employee roles.
Personality Assessment Inventory Adolescent (PAI -A)
Register for Webinar - Monday 3 May 2021 at 2:00pm (AEST)
Personality Assessment Australia (PAA) are proud suppliers of the PAI in Australia. They have teamed up with Dr Phil Watts run a two-hour webinar on the PAI-A.
For the last 30 years the PAI has been establishing itself as a psychological instrument of practical utility in assessing clinical pathology. This workshop is designed to help psychologists get up to speed the Adolescent form of the PAI.
The beauty of the PAI is that scales are directly interpretable if you have knowledge of the adult scales.
The workshop is a practical introduction to these scales and includes time for questions
Case-notes and Records: Ethical, Legal and Practical Issues
Register for Webinar - Monday 22 September 2021 at 4:30pm (AEST)
The APS Code of Ethics requires psychologist to make and keep adequate records. Ever wondered what is an adequate record? The Code also requires psychologists to maintain privacy and security of records. This workshop is all about notes and records. The morning focuses on the requirements of record keeping. Some of the questions you will be able answer are things like:
Register for Webinar - Monday 13 September 2021 at 9:00am (AEST)
Most people are reasonable and treat their therapist, family, friends and colleagues with respect and understanding. However, a small but significant number of people do not act like this. They may be your client, or the reason a client has come to therapy. Even worse they may be a colleague, family member or workmate. If you become the target of blame from one of these people, your life may be impact for years with legal, emotional, or complaint issues.
Interestingly, if someone is having difficulty with a high conflict difficult person, it makes sense to go a see a psychologist and they will teach assertiveness skills and boundaries. However, with some of these people it has no impact or assertiveness skill makes the situation worse as the difficult person does not care about how you feel or what consequence you want. Psychologist need to ensure that they understand how to help the clients differently and not to further entrench them in the situation. Therefore, when dealing with difficult high conflict people there needs to particular skills and strategies.
Will high conflict difficult people may have personality disorders, it is not the only reason. Therefore, this workshop is about identifying and understanding these people, whether it is personality disorder or some other cause.
Dr Phil’s workshop discusses some of the differences between reasonable and unreasonable people, explains the links of how unreasonable people are often the high conflict parties, and will teach you some ways to recognise and manage the unreasonable person.
Understanding Internet Pornography
Register for Webinar - Wednesday 18 August 2021 at 4:30pm (AEST)
The internet provides many men with a forum for escaping emotions and in the process they develop compulsive behaviours which create problems in their lives. One set of problem which is escalating is the impact from excessive use of internet pornography. This study group examines some of the issues associated with internet pornography. While child pornography has serious implications in people’s lives, this workshop focus on the misuse of normal pornography rather than illegal behaviour (although the issues often overlap).
Dr Phil Watts has published a popular self-treatment guide for men on the topic of internet pornography (IP:DIY Internet Pornography: Do-it-yourself treatment guide for men). The topic of this webinar provides an introductory overview of the topic. It is presented with respect, and in a tasteful manner, with no graphic imagery. However, some aspects of the discussion can be confronting to those not used familiar with the world of porn.
Dr Phil is an entertaining presenter, well known to many within the profession. He is from WA and is also an adjunct associate professor at University of Canberra.
The 2021 workshops flyer has not been released.
The costs below includes all tuition and handouts necessary.
- Full day Webinar - $275.00 AUD (incl. GST).
- 3 Hour Webinar - $110.00 AUD (incl. GST).
- 2 Hour Webinar - $85.00 AUD (incl. GST).
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