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Engaging Minds Training Initiatives provides excellence in training and professional development. With a specific focus on meeting the training needs of psychologists, mental health and allied health professionals.  

Training Events 2019:



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Prof Martin Sellbom

Dr Martin Sellbom is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2007 from Kent State University (Kent, Ohio, USA). Dr Sellbom’s research focuses on psychopathy and other personality disorders, the broader integration of personality and psychopathology, and applied personality assessment with the MMPI-2-RF. His work has been featured in about 200 peer-reviewed publications, and he has co-authored a book titled Forensic Applications of the MMPI-2-RF: A Case Book.  He has also won several awards, including the American Psychology-Law Society’s Saleem Shah Award and Society for Personality Assessment’s Samuel and Anne Beck Award – both for early career achievement. Dr Sellbom is the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Personality Assessment and has previously served as an Associate Editor for Psychological Assessment, Journal of Personality Disorders, Assessment, and International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. For his clinical practice, he specializes in court-ordered forensic psychological evaluations and pre-employment evaluations for public safety positions.

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Dr Gavan Palk

Dr Gavan Palk practices as a Forensic Psychologist and Barrister-at-Law. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at Griffith University. He is a former Chair of the APS College of Forensic Psychologists.  He has considerable expertise in the preparation of forensic mental health risk assessment, particularly with respect to expert evidence and the impact of cognitive impairment, intellectual disability and personality factors. He is recognised nationally and internationally as a risk assessment expert and has numerous publications in peer reviewed journals. His key areas of interests involve effective offender interventions, violence prevention, substance misuse, dangerousness, risk assessment and recidivism.   We are grateful that he will offer a workshop of interest to Psychologists who may have contact with the Courtroom. Dr Palk will share legal and psychological insights to aid the noviciate, established and expert practitioner.

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Mr Garry King

Garry King has extensive experience with working with young people. This experience is the result of Garry's work as a teacher, youth worker and counsellor. He holds  degrees in welfare and education, as well as masters degrees in counselling and in suicidology. He has previously worked as the youth welfare consultant for the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention. He was appointed an adjunct lecturer at Central Queensland University and is the recipient of a Churchill Fellowship to further research into youth suicide. Garry has written a number of journal articles and books on youth welfare. He is a peer reviewer for the International Journal of Crisis Intervention and for the journal Suicide Prevention. Garry is an invited author for the 2016 School Social Work (USA) on suicide prevention and intervention. He was an invited presenter at the 2018 World Positive Psychology and Mindfulness Conference in New York. He was a 2018 keynote presenter at the Schools and Mental Health Australian Conference.

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