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Program

Please view the preliminary program. As more information around social functions, themes and sessions become available, this page will be updated. Stay connected to our mailing list for the latest updates.

The conference program time zone is GMT+10, Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

Boulevard B2 Room Boulevard B3 Room
0830-1000
WORKSHOP 1
Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People within a cultural responsive framework
Pete Smith

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WORKSHOP 2
Market Savvy - Ethical Marketing and Diversifying Income
Megan Walker

How to Create and a Sell Healthcare Course™️ For Your Private Practice
Megan Walker

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1030-1230
WORKSHOP 1 CONTINUED
Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People within a cultural responsive framework
Pete Smith
WORKSHOP 2 CONTINUED
How to Create and a Sell Healthcare Course™️ For Your Private Practice
Megan Walker
1330-1500
WORKSHOP 3
Increase Your Impact With Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Dr Hayley Kelly

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WORKSHOP 4
Assessing, diagnosing and working with neurodiversity/ND affirmative frameworks for assessment and intervention
Chairperson: Amanda Curran

Working with neurodiverse families
Amanda Curran

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1530-1700
WORKSHOP 3 CONTINUED
Increase Your Impact With Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Dr Hayley Kelly
WORKSHOP 4 CONTINUED
Assessing, diagnosing and working with neurodiversity/ND affirmative frameworks for assessment and intervention
Chairperson: Amanda Curran

Unraveling the Complexities: Assessing ADHD in Adults
Annette Clipsham

Assessment of autism and working with neurodivergent clients
Marie Camin
Great Hall
0830-1000
OPENING CEREMONY

SESSION 1
Building equity, unity, and diversity in the psychology profession
Explore the transformative realm of psychology as we showcase AAPi achievements and tackle lingering political issues through insightful panels. Discover innovative solutions and strategies for fostering unity and collegiality within the field. Join us to shape a more equitable, diverse, and united future for psychology.

Chairperson: Amanda Curran

Humble Beginnings
Paul Stevenson OAM

Advocacy, Action and Achievement
Tegan Carrison

Politics and the future of psychology
Sahra O'Doherty

Q&A
1030-1200
SESSION 2
Trauma in the modern world
Here we will unpack complexities of modern trauma and explore its connections to the climate crisis, minority stress, moral injury, and burnout. Discover strategies for understanding, healing, and resilience, and join us for insights that illuminate the emotional landscape of our time.

Chairperson: Sahra O'Doherty

How to ensure trauma assessment and treatment is culturally informed when the ‘evidence base’ is predicated on cultural exclusion
Dr Tracy Westerman AM
Lunch Symposia
Sponsored by
College of Professional Psychology

Taming the Inner Critic: A Contemporary Schema Therapy Approach
The schema therapy model is constantly changing largely in part to empirical evidence, theoretical developments, and creative applications of the model in clinical practice. In this segment, Rob will outline recent developments in a schema based approach to intervention with the experience of the 'Inner Critic' process. He will cover the debate and controversy around the issue, and discuss some factors involved in development and change in this model of practice.

Chairperson: Federica Zamboni
Presenter: Dr Rob Brockman
1330-1500
SESSION 3
Neuropsychology and Neurodivergence
This session will discuss the latest insights on the origins of neurodivergence and the surge in diagnoses. Here, we will uncover best practices for assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of neurodivergent individuals with mental health conditions, offering a chance to explore innovative neuropsychological techniques tailored for both neurodivergent and neurotypical individuals.

Chairperson: Amanda Curran
Co-Chair: Dr Judith Griffiths

Elevating Understanding: The Value of Psychological Assessments for Adult ADHD
Annette Clipsham

Essential considerations when working with Autistic and ADHD client groups
Amanda Curran

Minority stress & Mental Health
Marie Camin

Q&A
1530-1615
SESSION 4a
The modern Australian grand parenting code
Being a grandparent is a significant and influential role. With the increasing number of older adults, including grandparents, it has been estimated that 1.4 billion people, or 18 percent of the world's population, are currently grandparents. Join Dr Michael Carr-Gregg’s as he covers the several ways to be a better grandparent.

Chairperson: Sahra O'Doherty

The modern Australian grand parenting code
Dr Michael Carr-Gregg
1615-1700
SESSION 4b
The Next Era of Mental Health: Strategies for Sustainable Practice
In "The Next Era of Mental Health: Strategies for Sustainable Practice," Dr Hayley Kelly will address the urgent need for mental health professionals to adopt innovative business models that enhance client outcomes and ensure practitioner fulfillment. Drawing from her dual expertise as a clinical psychologist and multi award winning entrepreneur, she'll provide a clear blueprint for transcending traditional therapy models, urging practitioners to embrace a future of impactful, sustainable practice. This keynote is not just an exploration of modern challenges; it's a strategic guide to redefining mental health care for lasting success and deeper impact.

Chairperson: Sahra O'Doherty

The Next Era of Mental Health: Strategies for Sustainable Practice
Dr Hayley Kelly - Therapists Rising
Great Hall
0830-1000
SESSION 5
Psychology Across the lifespan
Uncover the intricacies of peri-natal and post-natal experiences, the transformative significance of the first 1000 days, and the profound impact of the early years on development. Explore the dynamic fields of geropsychology, educational psychology, and child and adolescent psychology. Join us as we navigate the diverse stages of human life, delving into insights that shape understanding, support, and wellbeing across all ages.

Chairperson: Carly Dober

Engaging Children and Adolescents – Play Based Therapies and Practical Approaches
Tracey Martin-Cole

The birth of a mother: the ripple effect of traumatic childbirth experiences
Alysha-Leigh Fameli

The Menopausal Transition: The Overlooked Significant Life Stage
Kirstin Bouse

Q&A
1030-1200
SESSION 6
Innovation and sustainability in private practice
Explore ground-breaking approaches that fuse innovation and sustainability, revolutionising the way practitioners operate. Dive into creative strategies for enhancing client care, streamlining operations, and embracing eco-conscious practices. This session will explore the intersection of progress and longevity in private practice, gaining insights that propel you towards a successful, innovative, and sustainable future.

Chairperson: Dr Katrina Norris

Innovating the Patient Journey: Enhancing Outcomes, Balance, and Sustainability
Damien Adler

Serving Clients Nationally With an Ethical Healthcare Course
Megan Walker

Private Practice Survival Skills - Secrets from the Frontline
Dr Tess Crawley

Q&A
Lunch Symposia
Sponsored by
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Financial wellness for your practice with Andrea Pearce the accountant to psychologists
  • Calculating key financial metrics in your practice Our unique cashflow management methodology to implement today
  • Gross profit, breakeven point, fixed + variable expenses & how they interact
  • How “Microprofitability Analysis” is the key to understanding your practice performance and potential


Chairperson: Sahra O'Doherty
Presenter: Andrea Pearce
1330-1500
SESSION 7
Diversity in psychological practice
Traverse through a spectrum of disciplines—organisational, sport, coaching, management, research, teaching, justice, schools, hospitals—each thread interweaving the fabric of diversity. Gain insights into navigating varied contexts, from team dynamics to social justice, while working seamlessly in multidisciplinary teams.

Chairperson: Carly Dober
Co-Chair: Mandy Halabi

Where did the Wild Things Go? How Therapeutic Gardening and Nature Connectedness can Support Wellbeing
Kristy Howard

Building Futures – the role of school psychologists in transforming education
Ann Lord

Workplace Psychological Health and Safety – Considerations for Psychologists
Dr Leith Middleton

Adventures in Health Psychology: skills needed to work as a psychologist in the medical setting
Dr Hunter Mulcare

Q&A
1530-1700
SESSION 8
Psychologists are human too
Psychologists study and treat humans, but has our profession forgotten OUR humanity? Join our panel of progressive, systemic thinkers as we explore politics, identity, community, mental health, and innovation in psychology practice. We will discuss our vision for a human-focused and inclusive psychology profession, and share tips and strategies for people wanting to engage more in values-led action in their own work as a psychologist and in the broader world of psychology.

Chairperson: Dr Katrina Norris

Panel Discussion:
Sahra O'Doherty
Dr Averil Cook
Carly Dober
Dr Bronwyn Milkins

The conference program is subject to change.