2019 ANZACBS Conference

 Bringing together leading local and international speakers, researchers and trainers, the Canberra ANZACBS conference being held at the Australian National University (ANU) promises to nourish, refresh, and inspire clinicians and academics alike.

The 2019 ANZACBS conference theme of “Beyond outcomes: The science and practice of helena NMAprocess”.

The theme of ‘process’ reflects our focus on:

  • the traditional processes of change highlighted in the ACT model (present moment awareness, acceptance, cognitive defusion, self as context, values and committed action);
  • evidence-based processes such as self-compassion, exposure and practitioner self-reflection; and
  • processes linked to underlying theories of functional contextualism, relational frame theory (e.g. the use of language as an intervention) and applied behavioural analysis.

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A pdf of the full conference program can be found here

Speakers, workshops, symposiums and more …

The 2019 ANZ ACBS conference will offer delegates an exciting range of workshops, symposiums and other presentations.  A full schedule of our pre-conference workshops (9-10th Feb 2019) and conference offerings (11-12th Feb 2019) can be found at our Schedule page.

Invited speakers include:
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Professor Kelly Wilson: Co-founder of ACT, research and interests in the application of behavioural principles to understanding topics such as purpose, meaning and values.

Professor James Bennett-Levy: Pioneered the self-experiential approach to therapist training, known as self-practice/self-reflection (SP/SR), research interests in compassion-focused therapy.

Dr Emily Sandoz: Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science with research in ACT / RFT and eating disorders and body image, values, the therapeutic relationship, and psychological flexibility.


Dr Louise Hayes: Incoming ACBS president, researcher using ACT for young people and co-creator of the DNA-v treatment model for young people.

Professor Joseph Ciarrochi: Co-creator of the DNA-v treatment model for young people, and research focusing on understanding and promoting flexible strength (or psychological flexibility).

Dr Eric Morris: Current ANZACBS President, Developer and researcher of utilising ACT for psychosis with individuals and in group-based interventions, evaluating ACT groups in the workplace in particular mental health services and higher education settings.

Dr Bruce Arroll: Professor of General Practice researching brief diagnostic and therapeutic interventions for common mental disorders such as mood and anxiety.

Tiffany Rochester: Incoming ANZACBS President, Clinical Psychologist working with complex system dynamics in high conflict families, and Honorary Research Fellow with Telethon Kids Institute, researching ACT with parents of children with Autism; passionate about the influence of CBS across ANZ.

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Across the conference will be an array of speakers engaged in basic science and applied practice. The conference will feature workshops, skills classes, panel discussion, papers and symposia: something for everyone.

Canberra offers visitors a welcoming destination with unique experiences due to its country city vibe and quality national institutions. Whether it be scrumptious food, the small bar scene, mountain views, history or art, Canberra and surrounds has something to delight everyone.

This conference will be suitable for psychologists, social workers, professional counselors, educators, HR professionals, coaches, psychiatrists, general practitioners, behaviour analysts, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, students and more. Anyone is a similarly related helping or research field is warmly invited to attend.

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After the success of the 2017 Conference Social Calendar, our Canberra conference team are busy organizing opportunities for networking, fine food, and maximizing your Canberra experience. Click here for details.

A range of accommodation options and discounts for delegates are available here.

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Important Dates

Submissions open 25th July 2018

Scholarship Applications close 23rd September 2018

Abstract Submissions close 25th September 2018

Poster Submissions close 30th September 2018

Notification of acceptance 10th October 2018