WAIS IV Interpretation Training

This training allows an individual to gain a greater understanding of WAIS IV interpretation. In particular this one-day workshop will look at the history of the WAIS IV, Assessment, Scoring, the components of the WAIS IV and report writing.

9:00 Registration

9:30  Start

16:00 Finish


History of the WAIS IV

This will look at how the assessment has changed since its original development. The Assessment: The reasons why a WAIS IV assessment is completed will be examined, along with the importance of working within the boundaries of the WAIS IV and the risks of over-interpretation.

Scoring of the WAIS IV

The importance of scoring the WAIS IV correctly will be examined using a worked example. This will consider what may and may not be interpreted in accordance to the reliability of the assessment. Components of the WAIS IV: The components of the WAIS IV, namely verbal comprehension, working memory, perceptual reasoning and processing speed will be examined in detail.

Report Writing

Consideration will be given as to the importance of compiling a report that is meaningful and focused on the target audience. This will include the elements of a good WAIS IV report, including the importance of clear and meaningful recommendations. This will include examples of recommendations for each index score on the WAIS IV.

Learning outcomes and objectives

  • To feel comfortable in scoring the WAIS IV

  • To be more familiar with the interpretation of the WAIS IV

  • To understand the limitations of the WAIS IV

  • To understand the components of the WAIS IV (e.g. working memory, perceptual reasoning...)

Facilitator: Dr. Carol A. Ireland

Dr Ireland regularly delivers training as part of her role as Course Director for the MSc Forensic Psychology at the University of Central Lancashire, Treatment lead for group sex offender therapies and lead for crisis negotiation at Ashworth Hospital, and as part of Bowland Psychological Services. Training delivery includes Psychopathy, personality disorder, cognitive impairment, conflict management, aggression (sexual and violent), motivation, consultancy and training to train.

Booking Information

Target audience

Delegates should have at least a preliminary understanding/familiarity of the administration of the WAIS IV (or at least the WAIS III or its short form).

It would be useful if delegates were able to bring a copy of the WAIS IV manual with them, although if two delegates are from the same place of work then one WAIS IV manual may be shared between the two individuals.

Psychologists in training can attend the event, although any later use of the WAIS-IV should be completed in accordance to the manual guidelines (and in agreement with any organisational policies which may be in place), and under close supervision of a Registered Psychologist who has extensive expertise in the use of the WAIS, and who takes full responsibility for the interpretation.

In order to attend the training delegates must possess a degree in psychology recognised by the BPS as conferring the Graduate Basis for Chartered Status (formerly Graduate Basis for Registration).

Workshop fee

DFP member £25 + VAT

Society Member £50 + VAT

Non-Member £75 + VAT

This workshop is being subsidised by the Society's Division of Forensic Psychology.

Concessionary rates are not available for this workshop.

How to book

This event is fully booked.


Society's London Office

30 Tabernacle Street



Thu, 29/09/2011 -
09:00 to 16:00
BPS Learning Centre