Place of Birth: Melbourne, Australia


Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

Master of Psychology

Diploma of Clinical Hypnosis


Registered with Psychology Board of Australia


Australian Psychological Society (APS)

APS College of Clinical Psychologists

APS College of Forensic Psychologists

Australian Society of Hypnosis

Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law



Willshire, D., Kinsella, G. and Prior, M. (1991). Estimating WAIS-R IQ from the National Adult Reading Test (NART): A cross-validation. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 13(2), 204-217.

Willshire, D. (1996) Trauma and treatment with hypnosis. Australian Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 24(2), 125-136.

Willshire, D. & Brodsky, S.L. (2001). Toward a taxonomy of unwillingness: Initial steps in engaging the unwilling client. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 8(2), 154 - 160.

Willshire, D. (2001). Psychological testing by the clinical psychologist. In G. Meadows and B. Singh (Eds.) Mental Health in Australia: Collaborative Community Practice. (pp. 259-262). Melbourne: Oxford University Press.


Educational and Employment Background

1971 - 1975 Monash University, Victoria, Australia. Obtained BE (Hons.) in Civil Engineering.

1976 - 1980 Travelled around Australia; did various non-professional jobs, including taxi driving, billposting, house painting, labouring, hole digging and automatic garden-spray installation. Began studying martial arts (Tai Chi and Tae Kwon Do).

1980 - 1981 Residential Social Worker with the Richmond Fellowship of Victoria (RFV), a non-government organisation that provided residential rehabilitation for people with psychiatric and emotional disorders.

1981 - 1985 Training and employment with the Richmond Fellowship in the United Kingdom, at various locations and with various client groups. After completing the Senior Staff Training in 1982, managed the residential rehabilitation program (therapeutic community) for young adults in Oxford for three years.

1986 - 1987 Returned to Australia to take up part-time employment with the RFV as Staff Development Officer. Part-time administrator of Denham House (RFV), a program for young adults with emotional or psychiatric disabilities. Member of RFV's Management team. Commenced part-time studies at La Trobe University in Bundoora, Victoria, Australia, in Psychology.

1988 - Full-time studies at La Trobe University in Psychology IV (Masters Preliminary). Member of Denham House Management Collective.

1989 - 1990 Undertook studies in Clinical Psychology (Master of Psychology) at La Trobe University. Invited to become a Member of the Board of the RFV (a Director). Convenor of the RFV Council's Program Sub-Committee. Registered as a Psychologist.

1991 - 1992 Psychologist at Melville Clinic in Brunswick, a Community Mental Health Centre in Melbourne, Australia.

1992 - 1994 Psychologist with North West Community Assessment and Treatment Team (CAT Team), with ongoing case management responsibilities at Melville Clinic (a half-day per week).

1994 - 1995 Joined the Forensic Psychiatry Service (now called the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health- trading name Forensicare) as a psychologist on the Acute Assessment Unit at Rosanna Forensic Psychiatry Centre. Sessional work at the Community Forensic Psychiatry Service in Brunswick, working mainly with men with behavioural disorders.

1996 - 2005. Formally approved as a specialist psychologist in both clinical and forensic psychology. Took on the role of Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Coordinator for Forensicare, and completed the CISD Clinician training in August 1995. Elected as Chair, Victorian Branch, APS College of Forensic Psychologists. Principal Psychologist for Forensicare and working on the women's unit (Barossa) at the Thomas Embling Hospital, Fairfield. Chair of Forensicare's Consumer Participation Reference Group. Deputy-chairperson of the Board of the RFV (Mind).

2005 - Based at the Community Forensic Mental Health Service in Brunswick, Victoria, as Principal Consultant Psychologist, working part time in the Mental Health and Problem Behaviour Programs. Initial project manager for the 'community integration program' which assists prisoners & others with mental health issues to link successfully into community mental health and associated services.

Master of Psychology Coursework Thesis

This thesis was entitled: 'Cognitive, behavioural and psychosocial outcome following closed head injury in children', and involved the investigation of sequelae following closed head injury in a sample of 21 children and adolescents.

Clinical Interests

Clinical interests include: working with perpetrators of intrafamilial homicide; working with anger, violence & problem behaviours; engaging with difficult & reluctant clients; CBT with delusions & hallucinations; stress management/ relaxation/ meditation, group work/ group dynamics; and psychometric assessment. I am also interested in how the work affects staff, working with staff & team dynamics, how to survive & flourish while working within a multidisciplinary team, and in critical incident stress management.

Other Interests

Martial arts (tae kwon do & ju jitsu), touring & road cycling, computers & www, reading, skepticism, 3D stereograms and stereographs, and vipassana meditation.



David Willshire

Principal Consultant Psychologist

Community Forensic Mental Health Service (Forensicare)

May 2010


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