Back to Search Results

Event Details


Psychology in the ADF: Resilience training and mental health support on Operations

Format Seminar/Presentation
Presenters Lieutenant Colonel Dr Andrew Cohn MAPS & Major Maureen Montalban
Description This breakfast presentation will provide an overview of the role of psychologists in the Australian Defence Forces and will focus on:
- Resilience training in the ADF (when, who, what)
- Provision of mental health support on Operations
- Counselling/Treatment
- Critical Incident Mental Health Support
- Return to Australia Psychology Screens / Post Operational Psychology Screens

The presentation will provide an update on issues raised in the articles published in the April 2010 InPsych dedicated to psychology and the armed forces. In one article the goal of the resilience training program is summarised as: "to give the personnel both protecting and representing Australia the broadest repertoire of coping strategies and the ability to psychologically adjust to the sometimes challenging roles faced by ADF members."
About the presenter(s) Lieutenant Colonel Dr Andrew Cohn MAPS - Commanding Officer, 1 Psychology Unit, completed a Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Psychology at the University of NSW in 1986 and has also completed a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology through the University of Queensland in 2005.
He was commissioned into the Australian Regular Army as a Psychology Officer in Jun 1987 and has held a variety of Postings as an Army Psychologist, including in recruiting, student counselling and operational military Psychology.
Major Maureen Montalban - Officer Commanding, Sydney Detachment, 1st Psychology Unit, completed a Bachelor of Economics (Social Sciences) followed by a Graduate Diploma in Science (Psychology) in 2003, both at the University of Sydney. She is currently in her final year of her Master of Psychology (Health) which she has been studying part-time through Monash University since 2007.
MAJ Montalban joined the Regular Army in 2004 as a psychology officer and throughout her career has worked in research, assessment, counselling, training and operational psychology. She has deployed in support of ADF personnel to Operation Catalyst (Iraq - Middle East Area of Operations), Operation Astute (Timor-Leste), Operation Anode (Solomon Islands) and Operation Slipper (Afghanistan - Middle East Area of Operations).
Location NSW Metro, Australia
Venue Moore Park Golf Club (NB no disabled access due to heritage listing)
corner Cleveland Street & Anzac Parade, MOORE PARK

Please contact the event organiser to confirm if this venue is wheelchair accessible
Start/End Date 16 Oct 2012
Time 7:00am - 8:45am
Cost $33 (incl GST) APS Members; $22 APS Student Members; $45 non-APS members
Notes These breakfast events provide a great networking opportunity and for students a chance to find out about different areas of practice such as the ADF which is one of the few employers who offer internships.
Organiser Sydney Branch
Contact Name Agnes Levine APS Sydney Branch Treasurer
Telephone 0421 839 381
  Register online