AACBT NSW: Pub discussion “Death anxiety, existential issues and mental health disorders”

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12 Dec 2016
07:00 pm
- 08:00 pm
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20161212 AACBT Pub Discussion R Menzies & R Menzies

Does the dread of death explain it all?

Explore the role of the dread of death in psychopathology. Does death drive us on, or cripple us in life?

The dread of death has featured in art, literature and dominated cultural practices and rituals for as long as humans have recorded their history.

Death – presented as a reaper, watching and stalking the terrified living – has appeared in poetry, songs, plays and paintings across many cultures for centuries.

Is death anxiety good for seeking achievements? Does it propel families onwards?
Or is death a crippling fear leading to maladaptive coping mechanisms.

Come along and join the final NSW pub discussion for 2016 about the role of the dread of death in psychopathology, and approaches to its treatment. Join us for Christmas drinks and nibbles!


Rachel Menzies completed her honours degree in psychology at the University of Sydney, taking out the Dick Thompson Thesis Prize in 2016 for her work on the dread of death and its relationship to OCD. She published her first paper on death fears in Clinical Psychology Review as an undergraduate student, and followed this by convening a symposium on the topic at the 8th WCBCT in Melbourne.
She has recently been invited to give a Plenary Address on existential issues at the 47th Congress of the European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (EABCT). Her upcoming book, Curing the Dread of Death, will be published by Australian Academic Press in June 2017.

A/Professor Menzies is the past NSW and national President of the AACBT, and was the President and Convenor of the 8th World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (WCBCT). In 1991, he was appointed founding Director of the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at the University of Sydney, a post which he held for over 20 years. Professor Menzies is an active researcher and currently holds over $4 million in national competitive research grants. He has produced over 160 international journal manuscripts, books and book chapters.