Richard M. Ryan, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist, and Professor at the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education (IPPE) at Australian Catholic University, and at the University of Rochester (New York). He is a widely published researcher and theorist in the area of human motivation, with over 300 articles, chapters and books. Ryan is the co- developer (with Edward Deci) of Self-Determination Theory, an internationally researched framework that has been applied in hundreds of studies within areas such as child development, education, work, medicine, sport, and cultural psychology. Ryan is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and the American Educational Research Association, among others, and an Honorary Member of the German Psychological Society. He has also received distinguished career awards from the Society of Self and Identity and the International Network on Personal Meaning, as well the Shavelson Distinguished Research Award. He has been a Visiting Scientist at the Max Planck Institute, a James McKeen Cattell Fellow, and a Leverhulme Trust Fellow. His most recent book is: Self-Determination Theory: Basic Psychological Needs in Motivation, Development and Wellness (2017; Guilford).
Richard will be speaking on:
The power of Self-determination Theory to inform ACT and CBS
Self-determination theory (SDT) distinguishes types of motivation in terms of the degree to which they are self-regulated or autonomous, versus being regulated by internal or external rewards or pressures that are experienced as controlling. An expanding body of empirical research shows that people’s quality of engagement, performance, and well-being are strongly affected by the relative autonomy of their motives for behaving. Moreover, SDT details how motivation quality is affected by the styles and strategies of motivators from teachers, coaches and parents, to managers, therapists and health-care professionals. In this talk Dr. Ryan will provide an overview SDT and its empirical foundations, with emphasis on basic research studies of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, including research using dual process theory, neurological studies, cross-cultural comparisons, and experience sampling. He will discuss how autonomy relates to quality of relationships, to cultural norms, and to mindfulness, among other topics. Finally, he will discuss the scientific and practical import of SDT’s applied research, including interventions in schools, workplaces, clinics, virtual environments, and other settings.
Richard will also provide a workshop:
Putting motivation to work: Practice and Principles in fostering high quality engagement
In this workshop Dr. Ryan will discuss the practice of creating the intra-personal and interpersonal conditions that facilitate truly volitional motivation and positive experience. Topics will include the core elements of psychological need support, the role of mindful awareness in self-regulation, and the myriad obstacles to being autonomy supportive in both professional contexts and everyday life. Only briefly didactic, the workshop will include plentiful opportunities for exchange and questions regarding the most effective strategies and sensibilities for catalysing authentic growth and maintained change.
Professor Pat Dudgeon is from the Bardi people of the Kimberly area in Western Australia. She is a psychologist and Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society. She is a researcher at the School of Indigenous Studies at the University of Western Australia in Perth, Western Australia. Her area of research includes Indigenous social and emotional wellbeing and suicide prevention. Amongst her many commitments, she is a Commissioner of the Australian National Mental Health Commission, deputy chair of the Australian Indigenous Psychologist’s Association, chair of the National Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Leaders Mental Health and co-chair of the ministerial Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Advisory Group. She is currently the director of the National Empowerment Project: an Indigenous suicide prevention project working with eleven sites in Aboriginal communities across the country and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project. She has many publications in Indigenous mental health in particular, the Working Together Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principals and Practice 2014. She is actively involved with the Aboriginal community and has a commitment to social justice for Indigenous people
Dr. Coyne is the Founder and Director of the McLean OCD Institute for Children and Adolescents at McLean Hospital, and is on the Faculty of Harvard Medical School. She is a Research Associate Professor in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts, and is on the Faculty of the Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) of the International OCD Foundation. She is also a licensed psychologist and an internationally recognized ACT trainer with extensive experience using ACT with young people with OCD and their families. She has authored multiple articles and chapters on ACT with children and adolescents, and is a co-author of the book The Joy of Parenting: New Harbinger Press. Her new book, The ACT Guide to Teen Anxiety and OCD: Guilford Press, is expected in early 2018.
JoAnne Dahl presently holds the position of tenured professor in psychology at the University of Uppsala. She is also a licensed clinical psychologist with speciality in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Behaviour Analysis. Her research extending over 40 years has focused on behaviour medicine. JoAnne developed and evaluated behavioural methods for treating epileptic seizures and subsequently received a commission within the International Epilepsy society with the aim of developing behavioural programs in developing countries. Programs in India and South Africa have been developed and evaluated in a number of randomised controlled studies. Similar behavioural interventions were developed and valued for chronic asthma, pain, obesity and constipation. In over a decade, JoAnne has been doing clinical research using ACT for epilepsy, pain and obesity. Besides nearly 40 published clinical studies, JoAnne has, together with RFT researchers and clinicians both professional textbooks and self-help books in the areas of epilepsy, Values, pain, intimate relationships, and overweight. Recently, JoAnne has hosted a webtalkradio program produced in Chicago called ‘ACT taking hurt to hope’ where clinicians, researchers worldwide are interviewed. JoAnne served as ACBS President for Swedish Chapter 2014.
Darin Cairns has over 15 years experience in treating children, adults and families for a range of psychological disorders. He has specialised in emotional, neurological and developmental disorders. Clinically, Darin has expertise in child, adolescent, family therapy and developmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorders. He also has extensive experience in adult mood disorders and works as a single expert witness.
Darin is well known for his work with children, adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Darin has set up award winning early intervention services in Western Australia for children with ASD and related conditions. He was initially trained in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), Clinical Behaviour Analysis and Functional Analytic Psychotherapy. After many years working with developmental specialists and clinicians his frustration at not being able to bridge the gap from ABA to complex behavioural and emotional domains lead him to Relational Frame Theory (RFT). He has since applied Relational Frame Theory (RFT) to hundreds of developmental programs for children with autism spectrum disorders and special needs and continues to practice clinically using therapies developed from RFT such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and other third wave Cognitive Behavioural Approaches.
Darin has lectured at the tertiary level and has provided over 150 training courses to a wide range of populations in the medical, health and public settings. He is a sought after speaker in the use of evidence based practice to promote psychological wellbeing and development around the world having been invited to speak in the UK, Europe, the US and most of Australia.
Dr Eric Morris is Director of the Psychology Clinic, La Trobe University, Melbourne Australia. He is a clinical psychologist, trainer and researcher. Eric’s research has focused on individual and group acceptance and commitment therapy for people recovering from psychosis, carers, and as a workplace intervention for mental health workers and university staff. He is a co-editor of “ACT and Mindfulness for Psychosis”, co-author of the self-help guide, “ACTivate Your Life: Using Acceptance and Mindfulness to Build a Life That Is Rich, Fulfilling and Fun”, and co-author of the forthcoming treatment guide, “ACT for Psychosis Recovery: a workbook on running effective groups for people with psychosis using acceptance and mindfulness”, to be published by New Harbinger Press in late 2017.