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InPsych 2015 | Vol 37

Science and education

Preview of the 50th APS Annual Conference

Celebrating the past, looking toward the future

29 September – 2 October 2015
Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, Gold Coast, Queensland

Join us in celebrating 50 years of APS Annual Conferences; the Golden Jubilee Conference held on the spectacular Gold Coast. This is your opportunity to gain new skills and knowledge, hear about the latest developments in psychology, meet like-minded colleagues, consult with peers and accrue professional development hours.

Learn from eminent keynote speakers

Professor Suzanne Chambers MAPS - Griffith University

  • Psycho-oncology: The Science of Care

Professor Carlo DiClemente - University of Maryland (US)

  • Finding pieces to the puzzle of health behavior change:
    A 30 year retrospective

Professor Jackie Huggins AM - Jackie Huggins and Associates

  • Reconciliation and social justice

Professor David Kavanagh FAPS - Queensland University of Technology

  • From systematic desensitisation to innovations in motivational interventions

Listen to invited addresses from prominent Australian psychologists

Emeritus Professor Trang Thomas AM FAPS

2014 APS President’s Award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychology in Australia recipient

  • Reflections on a psychologist's journey

Winthrop Professor Colin MacLeod

2014 APS Distinguished Contribution to Psychological Science Award recipient

  • Anxiety-linked attentional bias and its modification: Historical foundations, current challenges and future directions

Professor Ann Sanson FAPS

Fellow’s Address

  • What leads to a happy and healthy life? Looking back over a 32-year study - and towards the future

Acquire new skills at the Conference workshops

Full-day pre-Conference workshop – Tuesday 29 September

Professor David Kavanagh FAPS

Functional Imagery Training: A new, theory-grounded approach to eliciting and sustaining motivation

Half-day pre-Conference workshops – Tuesday 29 September

Associate Professor Warrick Brewer MAPS

  • Engaging and managing angry young men with mental health issues: A six-session intervention

Professor Simon Crowe FAPS

  • A clinician's guide to the neurocognitive disorders of the DSM-5

Associate Professor Brett Deacon

  • Exposure therapy for anxiety: Principles, practice, and maximising inhibitory learning

Associate Professor Erica Frydenberg FAPS

  • Coping across the life span: Developing resilience

Mr Les Posen FAPS

  • Presentation skills for 21st century psychologists and their audiences

Dr James H. Bray

  • Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for substance use problems

Professor Suzanne Chambers MAPS

  • Developing and evaluating health interventions in chronic disease: Psychosocial care for people affected by cancer

Mr Stephen Heydt MAPS

  • Framework for the treatment of severe, chronic and refractory (difficult to treat) trauma

Dr Melissa Day MAPS

  • Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for pain and therapist self-care

Professor Alfred Allan FAPS

  • Psychologists' collection and management of clients' information: A legal-ethical perspective

Experience diverse and stimulating scientific and practice sessions

The Conference program embraces the diversity, rich history and future hopes of psychology through the theme ‘Celebrating the past, looking toward the future’. There is a wide range of symposia, fora, ‘how to’ and individual presentation sessions, crossing dozens of topic areas, promising something of interest for everyone.

Highlights include:

  • Rural and remote issues
  • Innovation and technology in psychology
  • Initiatives related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Maori psychology
  • Learning and teaching, including supervision
  • Controversies in psychology
  • Primary care psychology
  • Making the most of your member benefits
  • Professional practice sessions discussing developments in integrated care, ePsychology, ethics, insurance, legal issues and professional risk
  • A forum of APS Presidents, reflecting on the past and sharing hopes for the future of psychology
  • Over 140 digital poster presentations spread across seven poster sessions, showcasing fascinating and exciting insights and developments.

Are you a student, early career academic or researcher?

Meet your peers, connect with potential mentors, and learn from experienced academics and researchers. The Conference provides a number of opportunities for this, including:

  • Networking with peers and senior academics and researchers over a Student Mentoring breakfast on Thursday 1 October, and an Early Career Researcher morning tea on Friday 2 October
  • A dedicated Early Career Researcher ‘How to’ session on Friday 2 October
  • Presentations from APS Science Awards recipients of 2014
  • Insights into journal publication, as well as the NHMRC/ARC funding and review process.

For more information on the Conference program and registration details go to: www.apsconference.com.au


Disclaimer: Published in InPsych on August 2015. The APS aims to ensure that information published in InPsych is current and accurate at the time of publication. Changes after publication may affect the accuracy of this information. Readers are responsible for ascertaining the currency and completeness of information they rely on, which is particularly important for government initiatives, legislation or best-practice principles which are open to amendment. The information provided in InPsych does not replace obtaining appropriate professional and/or legal advice.