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Webinar: Decision making in the future: Shedding the baggage of implicit and cognitive biases

Updated: May 26, 2022

The Albury Wodonga Family Law Pathways Network invites you to attend our free October webinar:

Dr Philp Stahl:

Decision making in the future: Shedding the baggage of implicit and cognitive biases

Tuesday, 13 October 2020, 1:00 - 2:30 pm AEST

Scientists have learned that neuropsychology, social cognition, and cultural factors affect decision-making. Two types of neuro-psychologically rooted bias can impact how we reason, infer and decide.

Cognitive bias refers to heuristics, such as anchoring or confirmatory bias, which contribute to oversimplifying complex matters. Implicit bias refers to social attitudes that result in rapid, and involuntary assessments resulting from feelings and attitudes that operate out of our awareness or the lack of understanding of how people whose experiences are different may affect those inferences and decisions. This webinar will explore such biases and research-based debiasing strategies. Learning objectives:

Attendees at this webinar will be able to:

  1. Understand and manage the threats to fairness, impartiality and neutrality in family law work

  2. Recognise the need to embrace complexity and consider all relevant family issues rather than a “single story”

  3. Manage the impact of our own values, experiences, and feelings when formulating conclusions and making recommendations and decisions in family law matters

Please note that a recording of this webinar will be made available to watch afterwards for registered participants. 

Dr. Philip Stahl

Dr. Philip Stahl is a forensic psychologist in private practice, living in Maricopa County, AZ, who provides consultation and expert witness testimony in child custody litigation throughout the United States and North America. His primary area of specialty is relocation, including complex international relocations.

Dr. Stahl conducts trainings throughout the United States and internationally for attorneys, child custody evaluators, judges, and others working with high-conflict families of divorce. He is on the faculty of National Judicial College in Reno Nevada, teaching domestic violence to judges since 2000, and he regularly speaks at state judicial colleges. He has been providing training through AU AFCC and other organisations in Australia since 2011.

Along with his teaching, Dr. Stahl has written extensively on high-conflict divorce and custody evaluations. He is the author of Conducting Child Custody Evaluations: From Basic to Advanced Issues, (Sage Publications, 2010) and Parenting After Divorce, 2nd Edition (Impact Publishers, 2008) and is co-author of Forensic Psychology Consultation in Child Custody Litigation: A Handbook for Work Product Review, Case Preparation, and Expert Testimony, (American Bar Association Section of Family Law, 2013).

His most exciting project has been his newest book, written with his daughter Rebecca Stahl, JD, LLM, titled, Representing Children in Dependency and Family Court: Beyond the Law, published by the ABA Family Law Section in June 2018.

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