Professional Qualifications : Philip Pocock - Psychologist

  Full Registration - Psychology Board of Australia


Academic Psychology and Training

bullet1.  Bachelor of Science - Australian National University(1996) -

                Double Major in Psychology and Majors in Neuroscience and Genetics

bullet2.   Graduate Diploma in Applied Psychology - University of Canberra -

                Practice including Health and Organizational Psychology

bullet3.   Internship(1998-2002) - This included  the following courses and extensive  supervised  clinical practice with the

                Crisis Assessment and  Treatment Team at The Canberra Hospital.

Professional Development


Sexual Counselling - Dr Rosie King


Family Therapy  - Aust Family Therapy Assoc.


Co- Morbidity of Depression and Anxiety - Dr Michael Yapko


Psychological Assessment in the Medico Legal Setting and the MMPI-2 - Dr Lucille Douglas  


Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Patients  with Complex and Difficult Problems (Personality Disorders) - Prof  Arthur Freeman


Relationship  Counselling with Personality Disordered Clients  - Dr Bruce Stevens


Trauma and PTSD  - Prof Charles Figley


 Subsequent Courses and Seminars


Risk Assessment in Clinical Practice ( Violence, Suicide and Pornography Addiction)  - Dr Phil Watts


A Reliable Witness - Credible Evidence in Court - Dr Phil Watts


Psychotherapeutic Treatment of Personality Disorders: Contemporary Psychodynamic Approaches  - APS Meeting August 2004


Late Life Suicide Prevention - Prof Diego de Leo


Women's Sexual Dysfunction : Recent Advances in Therapy -  Dr Rosie King


Psychopharmacology for Psychologists  - Dr Mark Boschen for  APS


Advanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - Dr Mark Boschen for APS


Clinical Supervision - NSW Psychiatric Institute for ACT Psychology Board


Genetic Molecular Marker Technology (I) - Australian National University  - 2009


Choices, Decisions, Outcomes -  Structured Sex Education Program for Year 7 - 10 High School Students (for classroom delivery) - 2009


bulletName: Philip Robert Pocock
bulletPostal Address: GPO Box 1086, Canberra City, ACT, 2601. Australia
bulletPhone : 02 62477960

Intelligence Quotient

First tested by a school counsellor at the age of 13 and I was given an IQ score of 153. More recently, since completing university, I have scored 34 out 36 on Raven's Advanced Progressive Matrices, at age 43, during testing by an ACT Government Department, the Office of Training and Adult Education. This was completed within the 40 minute time limit. This has proved a difficult test to convert to a standard IQ score but the Prometheus web site converts it by stating a standard deviation equates to 4 points,  a population mean of 18 and an age adjustment, for my age at the time, of one standard deviation should be added to the score. This would mean an IQ of 175. This seems to be a severe exaggeration of the score however and I believe my true IQ, in the light of other results is probably around  the 160 mark, based on an IQ standard deviation of 15 (close to usual SD when IQ scores are mentioned). 

IQ scores are of course dependent on the size of the standard deviation used and as such a number can be quite misleading . In the case of MENSA, where the scores often refer to their tests with a standard deviation of 24 my score of 160 would be 196. Such a test does of course provide a better spread of scores and discrimination between individuals but this is of course really only a way of giving a bit of an ego trip for MENSA members. While technically the entry level for MENSA is two standard deviations above the mean, an IQ score of 148 on a test with a standard deviation of 24 is still the same level of intelligence as an IQ score of 130 on a test with a SD of 15.   The standard deviation of around 15  that is usual when comparing estimated IQ for historic figures for example, and indeed MENSA accepts entry based on many such tests with similar standard deviations.

It is a pity MENSA does this because it does just a bit more to discredit the real science of intelligence and the validity of IQ and this appears to put them in with many of the other charlatans making false promises about intelligence in order to make a quick dollar. The television series called "Make me Smart", featuring an episode on intelligence, seen on SBS on 22/12/2009, and hosted by Michael Mosely, is an excellent example of how misleading this can be. Given that many of the high IQ's were probably based on SD's of 15 , including Dr Mosely's score of 134 undertaken when he was in medical school, it was disingenuous to see his MENSA test results listed as 154(2%). This is of course technically correct but would be identical to his earlier result of 134 if that test had a standard deviation of 15 and the result  is contrary to the implicit message that if you follow his processes you too can improve your IQ by 20 points,  when, for nearly everyone, this is impossible.

Of course IQ doesn't make one wise, virtuous or a social success but it does measure some real capacity and the measurement and utilization of such can have real benefits for individuals and society but striving to be what "one is not" will not benefit anyone.

Security Status

1. National Police Check

2. Western Australian  Working with Children Checklist



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