Use and abuse of IQ

Delegates will review theories of intelligence and their application in report writing. This will then lead to the consideration of alternative conceptual frameworks for intelligence viz. cognitive style and to reviewing alternative tests to the Wechsler scales and then the exposition of theories of intelligence from Spearman to the present day. Delegates will work in small groups to consider questions most dreaded in court when cross-examined with regard to an intellectual assessment, and to share experiences in dealing with them.  The whole group will collectively consider whether the courts need educating about appropriate questions to be addressed in an IQ assessment. 


09:30 Registration/Tea and Coffee
10:00 Workshop starts (there will be a 30min break for lunch)
16:30 Workshop ends


Suitable to any practising psychologist with experience in assessment for the courts.

Learning outcomes and objectives 

To achieve a level of common  knowledge in the area of intellectual assessment with regard theory and practice.

Facilitator: Paul Devonshire CPsychol 

Paul is former tutor on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology up-grade course, Surrey University and is currently Honorary lecturer, Forensic Psychiatry Section, St. George’s Hospital Medical School, Tooting. Former head of the Forensic Clinical Psychology Department, Shaftesbury Clinic, Tooting and now Honorary consultant with the Coram Foundation, Paul has also been a committee member of the Faculty of Forensic Clinical Psychology and the Division of Forensic Psychology.

Booking information


  • DFP members: £25 + VAT
  • FFCP members: £25 + VAT
  • Society members: £50 + VAT
  • Society non-members: £75 + VAT

How to book:


Please note: online bookings will close 24 hours prior to the event. Please call +44 (0)116 2529512 for availability after this point.

To pay by cheque or request an invoice complete and return the registration form.

Please note that we are only able to accept invoice requests more than 6 weeks before the event date.

Wed, 25/04/2012 (All day)
Contact Information: 

BPS Learning Centre

Tel: +44 (0)116 2529925

Division of Forensic Psychology & BPS Learning Centre