13-18 June 2022: 2022 APS College of Counselling Psychologists Conference

2022 APS College of Counselling Psychologists Conference

Presented by: Australian Psychological Society 

Contact: APS Conference and Events Team 03 8662 3300

Email address: conferences@psychology.org.au

Event web site: https://psychology.org.au/aps-ccoun-conf/2022/program/keynote-speakers/dana

Location: The Novotel Melbourne on Collins, Melbourne, Australia

Session dates: in-person program: 17-18 June 2022 and virtual program13-18 June 2022

Time zone: Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)

Price: all prices in Australian Dollars and inclusive of GST

Standard registration: $880

Become an APS member and receive the following discounted registration rates:

APS member: $770

APS Counselling College member: $660

APS student member: $440

Conference sessions:


Decolonising Psychology and Building Cultural Responsiveness: The Australian Indigenous Psychology Education Project by Joanna Alexi and Belle Selkirk

Sandplay Therapy for Trauma: Safety, Regulation, Story by Jacki Short

Transitioned Veteran Families Living with the Impacts of Trauma: A current research project by Katrina Streatfield

The Sibling Experience: Growing Up with a Trans Sibling by Eleanor Parker

Healthy Eating as a New Way of Life: A Qualitative Study by Anna James

Prepare-Enrich: A Relationship Assessment Tool with Exercises to Help Couples Identify and Build Upon Their Strengths and Weak Areas by Rennie Schmid

Play Therapy: Evidence-Based Interventions for Children in Complex Family Systems by Jacki Short

A Meta-Analytic Review of the Effectiveness of Visual Art Therapy for Trauma by Georgia Maddox

Understanding the Challenges of Co-Parenting Relationships among Indonesian Parents by Jenny Lukkito Setiawan, Lisa Indriati, and Michael Maoeretz Engel

Counselling Psychology and the Emerging Field of Psychedelic Medicine by Nigel Dennig

Keynote Address: Looking Through the Lens of Polyvagal Theory by Deb Dana*

Workshop: Navigating the Nervous System: A Polyvagal Guided Approach to Practice by Deb Dana*

Demystifying Atypical Relationship Styles and Sexual Practices by Denise Abreu

A Metacognitive-Informed Relational Narrative Model for Addressing Domestic Violence by Dave Misso

Training Psychologists for Complexity: Lessons Learned in Training Using Counseling Psychology Approaches by Judith Murray

I Don’t Need a Diagnosis: I Have a Systematic Communicable Case Formulation by Gary Bakker

Improving Outcomes for People Living with Psychosis: A Recovery-Oriented Approach by Julia Lappin

Evidence-Based Suicide Intervention Training for Counsulling Psychologists by Shayne Connell

What Characteristics Effective Therapists? by Bruce Wampold

How Does Psychotherapy Work? And How can Psychotherapy be Improved? by Bruce Wampold

Complex PTSD in Middle-Aged Males by Geoff Denham

Exploring the Relationship between Shame, Guilt, and PTSD by Meta-Analysis by Josephine-Anne Piccolo

Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID): Introduction to the Disorder by Johanna Knyn

*Keynote address

Looking through the lens of  polyvagal theory

Nervous system to nervous system, we are connected around the planet.  Our biology is at the heart of our capacity to come into connection, see with compassion, and find our way into safe communication.  Polyvagal Theory gives us a roadmap for understanding how we are human and offers a pathway forward in these challenging times.  In this talk we will look through the lens of the nervous system to explore ways to listen with curiosity and answer the essential question, “What does the nervous system need in this moment to find safety in connection?”


Navigating the nervous system: A polyvagal guided  approach to practice

The autonomic nervous system is at the heart of daily living powerfully shaping our experiences of safety and influencing our capacity for connection. What begins with our biology becomes the story that shapes our days. Polyvagal Theory provides a guide to the autonomic circuits that underlie behaviors and beliefs and an understanding of the body to brain pathways that give birth to our personal stories of safety and survival.
Guided by Polyvagal Theory, we have a deep understanding of the ways experience shapes the nervous system and of the pathways that lead to healing. With this updated map of the autonomic circuits of connection, mobilization, and collapse, we now have practical ways to effectively help clients identify and interrupt their familiar response patterns and strategies to shape their systems toward safety and connection.
In this workshop you will learn the language of the nervous system as you map your own autonomic pathways, discover ways to reliably return to regulation, and how to become a regulating resource for others.


Jun 13 - 18 2022


10:30 am - 5:30 pm

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