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Separation and Shared Care: What is best for children?

Event number: 19153
4 CPD hours
Study Group Network
Presenter(s): Dr Phil Watts MAPS MCCLP MCFP

Shared Care, Separation, and Divorce 

Separation of their parents is a major crisis in the lives of children. During separation, many parents seek the advice from psychologists as to how to manage their emotions and about what is best for their children. This study group is designed to help you understand some of the key aspects of separation and how it may impact the individual and family. Particular attention will be paid to the impact upon children and how they may be affected. Consideration is given to shared care as both legal issue and what is best for children. Dr Phil Watts has been a court expert in over 1000 family court matters and he has written a book called “shared care or divided lives: what is best for children when parents separate”. 

Learning Outcomes

The workshop will aim to address:

  • What are impacts of separation on children?
  • How does conflict impact children?
  • What ways do children cope with separation?
  • When is equal care, shared care, or primary parent-secondary parent arrangements better?
  • What are the legal factors to be aware of when working with conflicted families?

About the presenter(s)

Dr Phil Watts is a clinical and forensic psychologist with 25 years’ experience. He is an entertaining presenter, well known to many within the profession. He is from WA but is also an adjunct associate professor at the University of Canberra. Dr Phil has recently published a self-treatment guide for men on the topic of internet pornography “IP:DIY Internet Pornography: Do it yourself treatment guide for men”. He has varied interests and has books on shared care, and giving evidence in court.


Please make sure you read the group description and details carefully before registering for a study group. CANCELLATION POLICY: As we keep study group fees to a minimum and presenters are paid according to the numbers who attend, we prefer not to provide refunds other than for 'exceptional, unforeseeable circumstances'. We are happy for you to nominate an alternative attendee or you may transfer to another study group, but only within 2 months as this adds extra admin costs. Cancellations up to 14 days prior to the study group you are registered for will receive a full refund. Cancellations within 1-13 days of the study group will receive a 50% refund. Cancellations within 24 hours of a study group will not be refunded. All cancellations must be given in writing.

Online registration


Psychology Melbourne
2/50 Queen Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 17/4/2018
End date: 17/4/2018
Time: 8.30am -12.30pm


APS member: $110
APS student member: $110
Non APS member: $220


APS - Melbourne Branch
The Study Group Network (SGN) is an initiative of the APS Melbourne Branch designed to improve psychologists’ clinical and research skills and to keep them current with new developments.
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