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.
University of California
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.
- To describe approaches to deriving new psychological treatments
- To describe advantages and examples of transdiagnostic approaches
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.
Childhood anxiety disorders
University of Newcastle
Alcohol and other drug use
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.