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The Neuroscience of Depression - New Opportunities for Effective Treatment

Event number: 19334
12 CPD hours
Presenter(s): Prof Pieter J Rossouw

Over the past 30 years, huge emphasis has been placed in research to understand the neurobiological underpinnings of depression. Recent research has also demonstrated the unique contribution of talking therapies to facilitate lasting changes in the brain.  

Come and learn about not only the latest research on neuroscience but also how to integrate this rich and exciting information in to your current clinical practices to support your clients transition from surviving to thriving.

After the two days of training clinicians will have a clear understanding of the following: 

  • Brain structures and how they link with depression
  • Evidence of the link between the environment and neural activation
  • Be able to demonstrate the neural networks that are associated with the presentation of depression and discuss this with clients
  • Have a clear understanding of the four guiding theories of depression from neurobiological perspective
  • Be able to communicate with clients the presentation of depression from brain-based perspective
  • Understand the model of treatment from brain-based perspective
  • Have clear guidelines of treatment approaches to managing depression in terms of neurobiological underpinnings
  • Integrate the brain-based information with current clinical practices in the treatment of depression


Block S, Room 211 

Map: University of Southern Queensland 

About the presenter(s)

Prof Pieter J Rossouw
MClin Psych, Ph.D., MAPS, MCClin, MQCA, MIACN

Pieter is the Director of Mediros Clinical Solutions, The BRAINGro Institute, and The Neuropsychotherapy Institute – companies that provide training and conduct research in Neurobiology and Neuropsychotherapy. Pieter is also a Professor in Brain Based Education at Central Queensland University (CQU) and the President of The International Association of Clinical Neuropsychotherapy (IACN). Currently, he focuses on teaching and research in the fields of neurobiology and neuropsychotherapy as well as clinical training for clinicians, psychologists, and general practitioners.

Pieter has been in private practice for the past 30 years. Pieter holds Honours Degrees in Philosophy and Psychology, a Master Degree in Clinical Psychology and a Ph.D. Pieter is a member of the Queensland Counselling Association, The Australian Psychological Society and the APS College of Clinical Psychologists. Pieter was a Professor in Clinical Psychology in South Africa (University of the Free State). He also taught at Universities in Canada, the USA, New Zealand and Holland. Prior to his role as professor in Education at CQU Pieter was the Director of the Master of Counselling Program in the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland.

Pieter specialises in Neuropsychotherapy and is an expert in trauma, anxiety and mood disorders.

Online registration

Darling Heights

University of Southern Queensland, Block S, Room 211
West Street
Darling Heights, QLD 4350
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 20/4/2018
End date: 21/4/2018
Time: 9.00am - 4.30pm


APS member: $695
APS student member: $450
Non APS member: $895


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