Workshop Day

Workshop Day

The Workshop Day on 13 May 2020 includes 2 half-day workshops, and delegates can choose to attend either the morning or afternoon workshop, or the full Workshop Day.

The morning workshop, titled 'Decision making in the future: shedding the baggage of cognitive, implicit, and cultural biases' will be presented by Judge Tom Altobelli and Dr Phil Stahl. 

The afternoon workshop will be hosted by Robert A. Simon, Ph.D., the Honourable Justice Simon Moncrieff and Robin Cohen. The title of the workshop is yet to be confirmed.

The speakers' bios are available below.

More information on the workshop topics will be announced soon. Please subsribe to our conference newsletter for updates. 

Workshop Day Program - 13 May 2020

TimeSession TitlePresenter(s)CPD Point Allocation
9.00am-10.30amDecision making in the future: shedding the baggage of cognitive, implicit, and cultural biases

Judge Tom Altobelli
Dr Phil Stahl

10.30am-10.45amMorning Tea Break  
10.45am-12.15pmDecision making in the future: shedding the baggage of cognitive, implicit, and cultural biasesJudge Tom Altobelli
Dr Phil Stahl
12.15pm-1.00pmLunch For full-day workshop attendees only 
1.00pm-2.30pmAfternoon Workshop (Title TBC)Robert A. Simon, Ph.D.
Justice Simon Moncrieff
Robin Cohen 
2.30pm-2.45pmAfternoon Tea Break  
2.45pm-4.15pmAfternoon Workshop (Title TBC)Robert A. Simon, Ph.D.
Justice Simon Moncrieff
Robin Cohen 


Workshop Presenters 

Judge Tom AltobelliJudge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia

After 25 years in legal practice Dr Tom Altobelli was appointed as a Federal Magistrate on 13 November 2006 and is currently sitting as the Federal Circuit Court Judge in Wollongong, a regional city south of Sydney, Australia. He holds a Master of Laws and Doctorate in Juridical Science, and is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Law, Western Sydney University. Before his appointment, Tom was accredited as a specialist in the areas of Family Law, Children’s Law and Mediation. He was, formerly, Special Counsel at Watts McCray Lawyers, one of Australia’s largest family law firms, and an Associate Professor at the University of Western Sydney. He was also a member of the Executive of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia. Tom has authored four books on family law and dispute resolution as well as 50 articles in Australian and International Journals. Tom is involved in a number of Court and external committees dealing with Judicial Wellbeing and Judicial Education. Tom sits on the Board of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.

Dr. Phil Stahl Forensic psychologist in private practice from Arizona, USA
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 organizations 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.
Robert A. Simon, Ph.D. Forensic Psychologist and Author, USA

Robert A. Simon, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized leader in forensic psychology consulting in the area of child custody disputes and family law. Based in San Diego, CA, and Maui, HI, He is the author of the book entitled “Forensic Psychology Consulting in Child Custody Litigation: A Handbook for Work Product Review, Case Preparation, and Expert Testimony” published by the American Bar Association. He has also published articles for academic journals such as the Family Court Review and the Family Law Quarterly. Dr. Simon is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the Chair of the Board of  Fellows of the National Center for Juvenile Justice, and an immediate past member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, the chair of the International Advisory Committee of the World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights and a member of the Executive Committee of the California Bar Court. He serves on the editorial board of the Family Court Review.   

Justice Simon MoncrieffJudge of the Family Court of WA

Justice Simon Moncrieff currently holds a dual commission as a Judge of the Family Court of Australia and the Family Court of Western Australia; his Honour was appointed to the Court in 2009. Justice Moncrieff graduated from the University of Adelaide with an LLB (Hons).  Following his admission in 1975 he practised as a barrister and solicitor, and was called to the Bar in South Australia in 1991, where he practiced until 1999 before joining the Western Australian Bar in 2000. Justice Moncrieff was appointed Senior Counsel in 2008. His Honour has also served as a member of the Royal Australian Naval Reserve (as a specialist legal officer); a delegate of The Child Support Registrar (1992-2005) and on various community and professional boards and committees. Justice Moncrieff currently represents the Family Court of Western Australia on the National Children’s Committee and National ICL Stakeholders Committee.

Robin CohenIndependent Children's Lawyer, Legal Aid WA

Robin Cohen is a Qalipu Mi’Kmaq First Nation woman from Newfoundland, Canada. She has lived in Western Australia for approximately 25 years and feels a strong affinity with Australian Aboriginal people. Robin is a Senior Independent Children’s Lawyer at Legal Aid Western Australia who spent 12 months as an Acting Magistrate at the Family Court of WA. Robin has an interest in refuse/resist dynamics and proceedings where sexual abuse allegations are made.