Dr. Watson is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, holds a Master’s Degree from the California School of Professional Psychology-Fresno and a Doctorate in Clinical Depth/Dynamic Psychology (2002) from CSPP-Alliant University. He was additionally trained at: San Joaquin Psychotherapy Center in Clovis-Fresno, CA, one of the only psychiatric medication free enhanced day treatment programs in the country that specialized at providing intensive outpatient psychotheraputic services for individuals often labeled "mentally ill". He then was trained at the Allendale Association-Bradley Counseling Center, one of the largest child and adolescent residential, day-treatment and outpatient treatment facilities in the State of IL.
Dr. Watson also is a former Chief Supervising Psychologist-Executive for the State of WI-Dept. of Corrections-KMCI (2011-2013), and was responsible for oversight of all mental health services for a medium secure institution of approximately 1,200 inmates. While employed with the State, he also became a state-wide training coordinator, conducting a host of crisis de-escalation and informational trainings with the National Alliance for Mentally Ill (NAMI).
Dr. Watson is the former (2009-2011) International Executive Director of the International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry (www.psychintegrity.org). ISEPP, formally ICSPP, was founded and operated by Dr. Peter Breggin, MD. ISEPP is a not-for-profit professional educational organization comprising of hundreds of members: professors, researchers, psychiatrists, psychologists, neurologists, pediatricians, teachers, therapists and attorneys, who, as a group, have for over 40 years critically analyzed the impact of mental health research and theory on the practice, politics, and awareness of mental health worldwide. Dr. Watson has also presented at, and is a member of, the International Society for the Psychological Treatment of Schizophrenia and other psychosis (www.ISPS.org), is a member of the Alliance for Human Research Protection (www.AHRP.org), the National Alliance of Professional Psychologist Providers (NAPPP), and of the PreTherapy International Network. He is a Nationally Registered Clinical Psychologist.
Dr. Watson has provided testimony to the Food and Drug Administration regarding ECT and SSRI induced suicide, he was an invited guest speaker and lecturer to the Congress of Mexico (speaking upon children's mental health and the possible link between psychiatric medications and violence), he has appeared on several national television networks (Oprah, Family Network, etc...) speaking about child behavioral disorders being treated by psychological intervention as a first line of defense (as opposed to psychiatric medications), and has appeared as a featured guest on numerous radios shows throughout the United States.
Dr. Watson specializes in integrating evidence based practices, and uses an integrated psycho-social-biological integrated model when lecturing, testifying and treating patients. He is a former Federal Social Security Mental Health Disability Examiner. Dr. Watson conceptualizes all of the above with a strong psycho-dynamic integrated perspective with a combination of cognitive-behavioral approaches when appropriate (e.g. families, children and with comprehensive programming). He tends to focus and use a more analytic and or an "Open Dialog" approach or mode of delivery when working with psychosis. He also specifically integrates the Nurtured Heart Approach by Dr. Howard Glasser, the Caregiver's Skills Program by Dr. David Stein, along with core family systems interventions.
Dr. Watson has a special interest and expertise at relaying long term research and best care practices for individuals seeking information on psychotropic medication and ECT alternatives. He has testified as an expert witness and or provided written testimony/reports for many state counties, as well as for private clients throughout the United States and world. He conducts case consultations, administers court ordered examinations and evaluations, and has assisted with malpractice cases and claims. He has provided continuing education for both psychologists (C.E.) and attorneys, and has developed dozens of CEUs for practitioners through his work at ISEPP-ICSPP. He is available for in person, video and telephone consulting throughout the world, and can provide linkages to care and referrals as needed.