Keynote Speakers 2017

The National Conference Committee for the 38th AACBT National Conference is pleased to announce the following keynote speakers for 2017, and they look forward to seeing you there.

Professor Arnoud Arntz
 Arnoud Arntz Arnoud Arntz is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.  His main research interests lie in the fields of anxiety and personality disorders, both applied and fundamental.  He also practices as a psychotherapist at De Viersprong Institute in Amsterdam, where he treats patients with personality disorders.  Together with Adam Radomsky he is editor of the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry.
In developing and testing psychological theories and treatments he aims to connect basic research and clinical work.  He is perhaps best known for his contributions to the development of Schema Therapy and Imagery Rescripting.  Professor Arntz feels that clinical work is essential to connect the areas of basic research with clinical applications.

Keynote & workshop:


Schema Therapy for Personality Disorders and other Complex Presentations.

Professor Mark Dadds

Mark Dadds (conference)

Mark Dadds is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Sydney, Australia, a Principal NHMRC Research Fellow and Director of the University of Sydney Child Behaviour Research Clinic.  His research focuses on the development and evaluation of state-of-the-art treatments for children and adolescents with behavioural and emotional problems.  He is a past President of AACBT and is the recipient of numerous awards including Ian Campbell Award for Excellence in Clinical Psychology, a Violence Prevention Award from the Institute of Criminology and the Distinguished Career award for the AACBT.  Professor Dadds has authored 4 books and over 200 papers on child and family psychology, and has given invited keynote addresses to international audiences throughout the world.  He has also been the subject of several television specials.  In 2014, his innovative treatment for early-onset aggressive and antisocial behaviour was featured in the ABC documentary Kids On Speed?



Failure is fun and important: An attempt to develop a new theoretically driven treatment for callous-antisocial behaviour in children.

 Master Clinician Session: An introduction to family-based treatment of children with conduct problems. 
Professor Phyllis Butow
 Phyllis Butow Phyllis Butow is a Professor in the School of Psychology, Co-Director, Centre for Medical Psychology and Evidence-based Decision-making (CeMPED), the University of Sydney and NHMRC Principal Research Fellow at the University of Sydney, and Co-Director of the Surgical Outcomes Research Centre.  Phyllis has worked for over 20 years in the area of psycho-oncology and has developed an international reputation in psycho-oncology research and in health communication.  She is a world leader in research focused on doctor-patient communication in oncology, and has particular expertise in longitudinal epidemiological studies exploring the impact of psychosocial factors in disease incidence and outcome.  In 2009 Phyllis received an International Psycho-Oncology Society award for her outstanding contribution to the field of psycho-oncology.



Can we “conquer” fear of cancer recurrence? Current strategies and future directions.

 Workshop: A Theoretical Framework and Therapy Model for Fear of Cancer Recurrence: Practical Strategies.
Professor Peter Norton
 Peter Norton Peter Norton is Professor within the School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University.  He is an internationally recognized expert in cognitive-behavioural treatment of anxiety disorders.  Norton is the coauthor of The Anti-Anxiety Workbook: Proven Strategies to Overcome Worry, Phobias, Panic, and Obsessions, a best-selling self-help guide for overcoming anxiety disorders, and Transdiagnostic Anxiety Treatment: A Cognitive-Behavioral Manual for the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders.  Professor Norton has authored nearly 100 research studies; has delivered many presentations and workshops for the scientific community, therapists, and the general public; and sits on the editorial board of two scientific journals.  Dr Norton has also received early career awards and research grants from the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, U.S. National Institute for Drug Abuse, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Houston, Anxiety Disorders Association of America, and American Psychological Association, for his work on studying and treating anxiety.



Transdiagnostic Approaches to the Cognitive Behavioural Treatment of Anxiety and Emotional Disorders.

Professor Kim Felmingham
 Kim Felmingham Kim is a keynote speaker and presenting a workshop on “The Impact of childhood trauma on Adult Functioning:  Neurobiological, Psychological and Cognitive Effects”.

Professor Kim Felmingham is the Chair of Clinical Psychology at the School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne.  She is a clinical psychologist and neuroscientist, who specializes in the field of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  She has over fifteen years of experience in treating PTSD, including treating adult survivors of childhood trauma.  Professor Felmingham is recognized for her research examining the neural and biological mechanisms associated with PTSD, with a specific focus on key mechanisms such as emotional memory consolidation, fear conditioning and extinction, emotion regulation and hormonal and genetic influences on these processes.  She has published extensively in neuroimaging, event-related potential and psychophysiological fields in PTSD.  A recent research focus is to identify the impact of childhood trauma on neural and psychological functioning, with a specific interest in identifying the impact of critical periods of trauma exposure during development.




The Impact of childhood trauma on Adult Functioning:  Neurobiological, Psychological and Cognitive Effects.

Workshop: Treating Childhood Trauma in Adults: Evidence-based Approaches and Important Process Issues.
  Professor Patrick Raue
 Patrick Raue  Patrick J. Raue, PhD is Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. He received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from SUNY Stony Brook in 1995.

Dr Raue is Associate Director for Evidence-Based Psychosocial Interventions at the AIMS Center (Advancing Integrated Mental Health Solutions). He is also Director of the National Network of PST Clinicians, Trainers & Researchers. In these roles, he develops and leads implementation and training programs in a variety of behavioral health interventions.

Dr Raue’s clinical expertise includes the identification and management of mental health conditions in psychiatric, medical, and community settings. Dr Raue conducts NIMH-supported research on patient preferences and shared decision-making approaches for late-life depression; the effectiveness of psychotherapy among older adults; and training non-specialists to deliver behavioral interventions.


Due to circumstances beyond our control, Professor Arean is unable to travel to Australia for the AACBT National Conference and Workshops Tour.

Late Life Depression will continue to have a strong place in our National Conference program with Professor Patrick Raue as a conference keynote speaker and presenting a workshop in Sydney.

 Keynote:  Evidence-based Treatment for Late Life Depression.
Workshop:  Evidence-based Treatment for Late Life Depression.  A Stepped-care, Shared Decision Making approach to providing High Quality Care to Older Adults.