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Ethics Forum and Writing as Therapy

Event number: 17407
7 CPD hours
Presenter(s): Timothy Passfield MAPS, Dr David Roland MAPS, Agnes Levine FAPS, Bryan Doyle

APS New England Northwest Branch is excited to bring you an Ethics Forum and a Writing as Therapy Workshop. Participants can opt to attend either the Ethics Forum or the Writing as Therapy Workshop. 

  • Ethics Forum - 8.30am to 12.30pm
  • Writing as Therapy Workshop - 12.30pm to 4.30pm


This Ethics Forum is presented by a panel of experienced practitioners in the area of psychology ethics. Each member of the panel will provide a short presentation in their areas of expertise. The areas of expertise include ethical guidelines and legal implications (Tim Passfield), APS perspective (Agnes Levine), insurance (Bryan Doyle), and self-care and vicarious trauma (David Roland).

The presentations will then be followed by a Q&A from the audience to the panel of experts.


TIM PASSFIELD: Law and Ethics in the Practice of Psychology

DR DAVID ROLAND: David talks about his personal account of dealing with the ethical issues surrounding his journey towards emotional and physical health following a stroke in 2009 that left him unable to practice as a psychologist.

AGNES LEVINE: The APS Perspective

BRYAN DOYLE - AON INSURANCE REPRESENTATIVE: Professional indemnity insurance

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the Ethics Forum, participants will be able to:

  • Understand legal and ethical issues surrounding client work for psychologists.
  • Understand the workings of the tribunal
  • Learn from past determinations of the tribunal
  • Gain professional advice for ethical dilemmas and legal issues


In a gentle environment, explore ways of using writing to move through difficult emotions, integrate past events, and heighten positive experiences. It is one way of bringing the brain’s non-conscious memories into clearer focus. You will be given a rationale for the Expressive Writing exercise. You will gain a direct experience of how the Expressive Writing exercise works by undertaking it yourself. Exercises will include James Pennebaker’s ‘writing to heal’ exercises, journaling with a purpose, narrative integration, self-compassion and gratitude exercises. Your level of writing skill is unimportant and there will be no pressure to read out what you have written.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will:

  • Have gained direct experience of how the Expressive Writing exercise works
  • Have achieved some healing of the issues used in the writing exercise
  • Be able to assess when to use this exercise with clients
  • Know the protocol for delivering the exercise
  • Know how to evaluate the writing outcomes of the exercise
  • Know what pitfalls to avoid in the writing process 

About the Presenters


Mr Timothy Passfield has a long standing professional career both as a psychologist and as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. Timothy has worked as a psychologist in government, private practice and with the Australian Army. Timothy’s work in the law has principally involved civil litigation to include complex matters concerning the NSW Police. Timothy holds a professional interest in the areas of trauma, depression and of direct relevance to this Ethics Forum, professional self-care for psychologists. Timothy was instrumental in the hosting of the successful Ethics Forum by Newcastle APS Branch in 2015. 


David Roland has a PhD in clinical psychology, and has trained in neuropsychological assessment and studied interpersonal neurobiology online with professor Daniel Siegel (author of Mindsight). David is an honorary associate with the School of Medicine at the University of Sydney, a member of the Australian Psychological Society, and a founder of the Australian branch of the Compassionate Mind Foundation. His first book was The Confident Performer (1998). His second book is How I Rescued My Brain is the story of David’s neurological difficulties and his remarkable cognitive recovery. David has also presented at various events including the Happiness and Its Causes Conference in Sydney. David is a public speaker, musician, and advocate for mental health and disability issues.


Ms Agnes Levine retired from her position as a consultant psychologist with the Commonwealth Rehabilitation Services (CRS) to further her management career in the Australian Public Service and New South Wales Government. She held various positions, including Director of Refugee Determination in the Department of Immigration, AUSAID Director in the Department of Foreign Affairs, Director of Intelligence in the National Crime Authority, Head of Operations at the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission, Practice Manager at the NSW Law Society, Director of the NSW Postgraduate Medical Council and finally as the NSW Regional Manager for the Australian Communications and Media Authority. She is currently a Principal of TPM Australia, which delivers training in psychology and mental health for psychologists and other health professionals. A graduate of Sydney University with a Masters in Psychology, Agnes’ early career was at the University in the Department of Psychiatry, engaged in ground-breaking bereavement studies and the impact of early psychological intervention. She was a Senior Psychologist in the Department of Repatriation then commenced her extended appointment with the CRS as a consultant psychologist, specialising in rehabilitation. Agnes has been a member of the APS for over 42 years and has contributed since 1992 through her various executive roles on the APS Sydney Branch Committee, including two terms as Branch Chair. Agnes has organised over 50 training and professional development seminars, workshops and breakfast events, including two NSW State Conventions. From 2009 to 2013, she was Project Manager of the highly successful APS NSW State Committee’s NSW WorkCover Training Program that trained over 2,700 psychologists and counsellors. She has been on the APS NSW State Committee as NSW State Chair from 2011 to 2016, and is currently the Secretary.


Aon Risk Solutions, whose insurance program is currently underwritten by CGU Insurance Limited, was reappointed in April 2014 as the APS-approved broker for professional indemnity insurance following a comprehensive tender process. Aon insures over 45,000 individual health practitioners in Australia, including psychologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, podiatrists, massage therapists, radiographers, optometrists, chiropractors, and osteopaths.


Participants can opt to attend either the Ethics Forum or the Writing as Therapy Workshop at a subsidised rate. Please use promo code WRITING

Half day event includes morning or afternoon tea, and full day event includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.

Please contact Serena Haridas on for further information.

Online registration


UNE Tamworth Centre videolinked to University of New England Armidale, Lewis Lecture Theatre
UNE Tamworth Centre - 24 Fitzroy Street
Tamworth, NSW 2340
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 25/3/2017
End date: 25/3/2017
Time: 8.30am - 4.30pm


APS Member: $150.00
APS Student: $125.00
Non Member: $225.00

Half day attendance: $100.00 - please enter promo code: WRITING

Non APS Students please contact the event organiser to register


APS - New England Northwest Branch
The New England Northwest Branch represents approximately 115 APS Members in the New England region of NSW. We have members in a variety of areas of psychology including, but not exclusively, tertiary, health and private practice. Our Branch Committee is a team of psychologists that represent these main areas in New England.
Contact Serena Haridas
0427 344 171