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The 16th Australian Psychological Society Psychology of Relationships Interest Group (APS-PORIG) National Conference

Event number: 18944
12 CPD hours
Presenter(s): Keynote Speakers: Professor Susan Johnson and Professor Marita McCabe

The APS-PORIG conference returns to Melbourne in 2017 and will be hosted by the Science of Adult Relationships (SoAR) Laboratory at Deakin University. This national conference brings together relationship scholars and practitioners to hear about the latest research in relationship science and engage in lively discussions about practice and policy. Now in its 16th year, we invite researchers, practitioners and policy makers from all fields that have an interest in relationships to attend and present at this conference.

We are accepting a diverse set of presentation formats including individual oral presentations, symposia, forums and roundtable discussions as well as workshops. All topics related to the study of relationships are welcome, this includes but is not limited to: romantic relationships (spanning all sexual orientations), parent-child relationships (spanning all eras of the lifespan), peer relationships, client-therapist relationships, relationships in the workplace, and inter-group relationships.

Our keynote speakers for this conference are world renowned relationship scholars and practitioners. Collectively, their talks will tackle key issues relating to therapy and research.

Learning outcomes

At the conclusion of the conference, participants will have:  

  • Gained an understanding of the significance a range of relationships play in individuals’ lives.
  • Gained an understanding of the latest theoretical, research, and policy literature in relationship science.
  • Gained an understanding of how to apply current evidence-based findings to their own practice and research involving relationships.
  • Been provided with opportunities for knowledge exchange and research development related to relationship science.
  • Discussed ways that relationship researchers and psychologists can promote relationship science to the wider community.  

 Abstract Submission

The deadline for abstract submission is September 8th. All submission will be peer reviewed with presenters notified within a week of the submission closing date.

To submit an abstract for the conference, please click on the link below:


Registration Prices

One day registration:

Interest Group rate $252.00 

Interest Group student rate $140.00 

APS member rate $280.00 

APS student rate $154.00 

Standard registrant (Non APS) rate $315.00 

Early bird (until 13 Oct 2017) two day registration:

Interest Group rate $260

APS member rate $300

Standard registrant (Non APS) rate $350

Standard (from 14 Oct 2017) two day registration:

Interest Group rate $360

Interest Group student rate $200

APS member rate $400

APS student rate $220

Standard registrant (Non APS) rate $450


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Conference Dinner

  • Chiara, Thursday 16 November 2017, 7.00pm - 10.00pm

An optional dinner, providing the opportunity for guests to network with friends and colleagues in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. If you wish to attend, please register for by clicking here

About Us

The Psychology of Relationships Interest Group (PORIG) wishes to promote all manner of activities, research, practice and training that are relevant to the topic of relationships; to provide networking opportunities for people interested in the psychology of relationships; and to provide expert advice to the APS and wider community in the area of relationships.

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About the presenter(s)

Professor Susan Johnson (presenting via Livestream from Ottawa, Canada)
(University of Ottawa & International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy)

Profesor Marita McCabe
(Director of the Institute of Health and Ageing, Australian Catholic University)


Information on the conference venue, public transport and parking to/from Deakin Downtown, and accommodation suggestions can be found on our conference website.


Online registration


Deakin Downtown
Level 12, Tower 2
727 Collins Street
Docklands, VIC 3008
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 16/11/2017
End date: 17/11/2017
Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm


Early bird pricing available until 13 October 2017, save $100

Please see Registrant Prices at left for specific rates


APS - Psychology of Relationships Interest Group - National Committee
Contact Associate Professor Gery Karantzas