Scientific Program 2021

Thank you for your interest in the scientific program portion of our national conference.

The National Conference Committee has announced the transition to a virtual format – please refer to the FAQ page.

The full .pdf program is here. (V1.22 – FINAL)


Program highlights include:

  • Keynote & Invited speakers
  • Master clinician sessions
  • Rapid poster presentations
  • The Early career network / mentoring meeting is in the main program (Thursday PM)
  • “Publish that Paper!” Tips for ECR researchers
    • Publishing hints & tips with our journal Editor Associate Professor Genevieve Dingle – a breakfast session on Friday (BYO breakfast)
  • Welcome Reception (included with a scientific program registration) – “AACBT after dark”
Who What Title
Dr Christine Padesky Virtual Keynote address Action and dialogue in psychotherapy: dance of equals
Dr Christine Padesky Virtual Masterclass More walk, less talk: action-packed CBT
Associate Dean Brett Deacon Concurrent address Insights from my transition from academia to real-world practice: reflections on a failed paradigm of care and proposed solutions
Professor Jennie Hudson Master Clinician session Using exposure treatment effectively in the treatment of anxiety in children and young people
Professor Jennie Hudson Plenary address Improving psychological treatments for children with anxiety disorders
Professor Penelope Hasking Plenary address A person-centred and strengths-based approach to non-suicidal self-injury
Dr Bronwyn Raykos Plenary address Cognitive behavioural therapy for eating disorders (CBT-ED): status, innovations, and implications for the therapy room
Dr Georgie Paulik-White Plenary address Imagery-rescripting for trauma affected voice hearers
Professor Nick Titov Plenary address Lessons in delivering digital mental health services: things we wished we knew before we started

The Abstract book is here (.pdf).

The full listing of Posters is here (.pdf).

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This is the workshop information and program.

“Publish that Paper!” Tips for ECR researchers

Friday 7am (AWST) – a BYO Breakfast meeting

Associate Prof Genevieve Dingle (Editor of Behaviour Change) will lead an informal discussion for PhD students and Early Career Researchers about the things you can do to increase your chances of getting your work published.

Topics will include:

  • selecting a journal
  • framing your study
  • using your cover letter
  • abstract and key words to showcase your study
  • writing responses to reviewers
  • staying positive in the face of rejection

Other journal editors (including Professor Peter McEvoy) will add their top tips, and we will have plenty of time for Q&A from the delegates.

AACBT Early Career Mentoring/Networking Session

This session will provide an opportunity for early career researchers or clinicians to meet and gain advice from experienced researchers and clinicians. A list of the experienced mentors in the session is provided below.


  • A/Prof. Rodrigo Becerra
    (Clinical Psychologist & Co-Director, Black Swan Psychological Assessment and Therapy | Director of the Robin Winkler Clinic, University of Western Australia) 
  • Prof. Richard Bryant
    (Scientia Professor of Psychology & Director of the UNSW Traumatic Stress Clinic, University of New South Wales) 
  • A/Prof. Brett Deacon
    (Clinical Psychologist, Illawarra Anxiety Clinic | Conjoint Associate Professor of Psychology, University of New South Wales) 
  • Mr Paul Jeffery
    (Clinical Psychologist & Director, Jeffery & Ree Clinical Psychologists) 
  • Ms Michelle LaPuma
    (Clinical Psychologist & Clinical Team Leader, Jeffery & Ree Clinical Psychologists) 
  • Dr. Clair Lawson
    (Principal Clinical Psychologist and Owner, Lawson Clinical Psychology | Business Mentor, Clinic Mastery) 
  • Prof. Peter McEvoy
    (Professor of Psychology, Curtin University | Senior Clinical Psychologist, Centre for Clinical Interventions) 
  • Prof. Nick Titov
    (Professor of Psychology, Macquarie University | Clinical Psychologist & Co-Director of the eCentreClinic | Project Director of the MindSpot Clinic)

This is a walk-through of our 2021 conference venue, and includes tips & tricks!

This is a quick written guide, based on the video tour above.

Image Credits: supplied, @cambojones2020, AACBT