This year’s APS National Conference in Canberra in October will feature a new format of ‘How-to’ sessions, especially designed to provide delegates with practical skills they can take away from the Conference. These sessions were offered at the International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP) in 2010 and were extremely popular.
Surveys from the 2009 APS National Conference in Darwin and ICAP 2010 in Melbourne showed that many delegates attend APS conferences to hear about the latest policy and regulatory developments and to attend sessions that provide practical skills that can easily be incorporated into their working lives. In response to this feedback, How-to sessions have been introduced into the 2011 APS Conference program, offering practical advice and guidance about conducting particular aspects of professional practice. These sessions will also enable delegates to learn from the professional expertise and personal experience of others.

The How-to sessions will run throughout the entire Conference program, and will include topics such as:

  • Professional practice business and compliance requirements
  • Putting e-health into practice
  • Confidentiality: Understanding and managing its legal and ethical limits.

The How-to sessions will be offered in addition to the wide variety of themes and topics presented in the Conference program, including College and Interest Group themed streams, and symposia, individual research papers and posters outlining the latest research findings from psychologists across Australia. Interested delegates can expect to see the preliminary full Conference program in June, and are encouraged to register their interest on the conference website to receive updates: www.apsconference.com.au .

Please join us in Canberra this spring for the 46th APS Annual Conference from 4 to 8 October. The Conference will be held at the outstanding National Convention Centre and represents a great opportunity to learn from Australian and international psychologists, gather a large number of continuing professional development hours and network with colleagues.