Keynote & Invited Speakers 2018

Conference speakers

The National Conference Committee for the 39th AACBT National Conference is pleased to announce the following keynote & invited speakers for 2018, and they look forward to seeing you.

King George Square @anto_oko

Keynote Speaker

Professor Allison Harvey

University of California

Allison Harvey

Developing Transdiagnostic Psychological Treatments for Better Practice

Mental illness remains common, chronic and difficult to treat. This talk will address approaches to hastening progress including (1) the use of science to derive treatments and (2) targeting treatment at a transdiagnostic process.

Learning objectives:

  1. To describe approaches to deriving new psychological treatments
  2. To describe advantages and examples of transdiagnostic approaches

Keynote Speaker

Professor Stefan Hofmann

Boston University

Stefan Hofmann

Emotion regulation strategies

Emotions are critical aspects of mental health. Although conventional treatments for emotional disorders are generally effective interventions, many people still suffer from residual emotional distress, such as anxiety, depression, and anger problems. Moreover, contemporary treatments that have focused primarily on negative affect rarely leads to lasting improvements in positive affect, quality of life, and happiness. Recent scientific evidence and theoretical models of emotions can enrich the therapeutic strategies when treating emotional disorders. These strategies range from adaptive and flexible intrapersonal and interpersonal emotion regulation strategies to various mindfulness-based practices. In the case of anxiety disorders, modern emotion theories clarify the mechanism of exposure procedures and the role of avoidance strategies. These insights can inform the treatment for emotional disorders.

Invited Speaker

Professor Sue Spence

Griffith University

Childhood anxiety disorders

Invited Speaker

Professor Amanda Baker

University of Newcastle

Amanda Baker

Alcohol and other drug use

Invited Speaker

Professor W. Kim Halford

University of Queensland

For the children: Working with high conflict separated parents

About 1 million (1 in 5) Australian children experience their parents separate. Forty percent of separated parents do not reach mutually acceptable co-parenting arrangements. High conflict between separated co-parents is associated with child and adult adjustment, and can be a major barrier to providing children with a safe and nurturing home. In this presentation I will speak to the predictors of high conflict separations, and key issues in assisting separated parents with high conflict. I also will describe and demonstrate work we have been doing on assessment with feedback to promote parental positive goal setting, enhancing family mediation, and co-parenting education to assist high conflict parents.

More details to come.

Image Credits: King George Square @anto_oko; University of California; Boston University; Griffith University; University of Newcastle; University of Queensland