Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI)

Key Facts

Study Load: 4-7 hours
Location: Hawthorn East, Victoria
Delivery Mode: In-Person
Intake: Yearly
Fees: $0 -350

Course Overview

The Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI) is a self-administered, objective test of personality and psychopathology. It is widely used clinically in Australia and is one of the critical tests that trainee psychologists must be familiar with for the National Psychology Exam. Our dual professional development workshops are designed to address the needs of psychologists with varying levels of experience.


Enhance your psychological toolkit and uncover new layers of understanding in your clients, through our full day PAI workshop. Suitable for those who have limited exposure or who are looking to refresh their skills, this workshop will provide you with foundational knowledge and interpretative strategies to elevate your skills in deciphering the complexities of personality.


Unlock a deeper understanding of the PAI through our advanced case analysis half-day workshop. Gain in-depth insights and advanced techniques to skilfully analyse personality traits, behaviours, and underlying dynamics to enhance your clinical practice or supervisory skills.



Both workshops are suitable for provisional or registered psychologists who have had limited exposure to the PAI or those who are looking to refresh their skills. Also suitable for board approved supervisors looking to increase their knowledge of the PAI for supervisory purposes.

What does this course offer?


This workshop will introduce participants to the PAI and discuss its structure and application with clients. The workshop will cover basic interpretive strategy including determining the validity of a profile, clinical scale elevations, and the use of PAI in diagnosis. At the end of this workshop participants will be able to: 

  • Describe the structure of the PAI.
  • Understand how to assess a valid versus invalid PAI profile.
  • Interpret a PAI profile.
  • Evaluate Suicide Potential based on PAI responses.
  • Understand how the PAI can assist in diagnosis.


This workshop will focus on case analysis of the PAI with an emphasis on complex case analysis, integration of personality results with other test results, and use of the PAI treatment planning. At the end of this workshop participants will be able to: 

  • Understand both positive and negative responding styles on the PAI. 
  • Evaluate malingering versus exaggeration using the PAI indices. 
  • Understand how to evaluate specific psychological issues using the PAI. 
  • Understand the use of the PAI in treatment planning.

Course Structure

Delivery Method


This course is delivered from 9.00am until 4.30pm over one day. It is run either online or face-to-face at 391-393 Tooronga Road, Hawthorn East VIC 3123.


This course is delivered across four hours and is available both online and face-to-face, at 391-393 Tooronga Road, Hawthorn East VIC 3123.

Upcoming Course Dates

Course dates for 2024 will be released early in the year. To be notified of when enrolments are open, please submit your interest here.

Please note, this course is subject to receiving a minimum number of enrolments and conditional to Government restrictions implemented at the time of the course. In the case we are unable to deliver the course face-to-face, the event will be transferred to online delivery. We will email all registered attendees as soon as possible if changes are required. In this case, a free course transfer will also be available to an alternative course date, or a full refund of the course minus any platform ticketing fees.

Our Trainers

Prof Linda Byrne

Prof Linda Byrne is the Dean of the Faculty of Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy at The Cairnmillar Institute (CMI). She is registered psychologist with an area of endorsement in Clinical Neuropsychology and has over 25 years of clinical, research and teaching experience in the areas of psychological assessment, neuropsychiatric disorders, neuropsychological disorders, and neuropsychological rehabilitation.

Prof Byrne has extensive experience in training and supervising post-graduate psychology students. Prior to commencing at CMI, Professor Byrne was Deputy Head of the School of Psychology at Deakin University, and she has coordinated post-graduate training programs for many years.

Professor Byrne’s clinical work focuses on the neuropsychological assessment of children, adolescents, and adults with neurological, psychiatric, and educational difficulties. Her major area of research is in the understanding and remediation of neuro- and social cognitive deficits in clinical disorders. More recently Professor Byrne’s research has been focusing on agents that may protect or improve cognitive functioning in both healthy and compromised populations. 

Further Information


Our course fees are inclusive of GST. Participant materials are included as well as a certificate of completion.


Standard Enrolment: $350
Concession*: $315
External Student or Cairnmillar Alumni: $200
Cairnmillar Student: $50


Standard Enrolment: $250
Concession*: $225
External Student or Cairnmillar Alumni: $150
Cairnmillar Student: $40

*Our programs attract a 10% concession for health care card holders, pensioners and people receiving benefits. Those applying for concessions must provide a copy (photo evidence is accepted) of their social security card, or health care card together with their application, via email to [email protected].


Can the learning outcomes be tailored to my organisation?

This workshop can be customised for an additional fee, to meet the specific needs and goals of your organisation to ensure that the content addresses your unique challenges and objectives. Consider collaborating with our Professional Development and Training team on [email protected] to create a tailored leaning program that aligns with your organisation’s strategic priorities.

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