Upcoming Events in Aus & NZ


November 9: Adelaide – ANZ ACBS Post-AASW Conference Networking Event

Networking, self-care, forgiveness and fun – talk by Grant Dewar, Health and Clinical Psychologist

Working in the southern suburbs of Adelaide, Grant is a guest lecturer at the University of Adelaide School of Psychology, and a researcher and international speaker on self -forgiveness from an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy perspective. This relaxed evening is free for members, and low-cost for non-members. BUY TICKETS HERE

November 14: Perth Pub Talks – Dancing (running, rowing, acting and auditioning) around the ACT Hexaflex

Dr Shona Erskine, Organisational psychologist and Professional Dancer and Mr Adrian Schonfeld, Performance Psychologist share how they use the ACT hexaflex to inform their case formulation and intervention strategies in performance psychology. During this interactive Pub Talk (bring comfortable shoes) audience members will experience some of the tools and techniques they use with clients and be encouraged to apply them personally and professionally. BUY TICKETS HERE. Welcome drink and finger food included.

Do you have unused quality ACT books and resources you would like to swap? We will be running our popular book swap at this Pub Talk event. Please bring a book and take a book (or any other resource).

November 17: ANZ ACBS AGM

Annual General Meeting

November 23: Webinar – Evolution, Parenting and ACT with Dr Koa Whittingham



November 30 – December 1: Dunedin, New Zealand – Leaning into ACT: Skills Intensive,

ANZ ACBS is excited to announce registration for our 2-day skills intensive workshop in Ōtepoti Dunedin on Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December. This is an opportunity for anyone with an intermediate or advanced knowledge of ACT to upskill or get a refresher on maximising the benefits of using the Hexaflex in practice.

Our highly experienced trainers, Giselle Bahr, Ben Sedley, and Kathryn Whitehead, will help participants use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with more precision, flexibility, heart and cultural awareness in the clinical room. The training includes clinical application of Relational Frame Theory, improving clients’ selfing abilities and reconnecting with what it’s like to be a client. The workshop will involve a mixture of didactic teaching, demonstrations, experiential exercises, role-plays, real-plays and self-reflection.

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The workshop takes place at the Hunter Centre, corner of Frederick and Great King Streets, which is a welcoming and accessible space as well as a convenient location near plenty of accommodation options and easy parking.

We are also excited to announce opportunities to connect with participants and build relationships within the ANZ ACBS community. After Saturday’s session, participants are warmly invited to join Sara Boucher (ANZ ACBS New Zealand representative) and Claire Turner (ANZ ACBS Student representative) on an art walk highlighting one of the many reasons to visit our “corner of the harbour”. Following the walk, those interested may like to join us for a family-style Italian meal at Etrusco ($35 pp). The restaurant is happy to accommodate all dietary requirements.

This workshop is open to all with an interest and understanding of ACT. The cost to attend is:

ANZ ACBS members: A$480.70     Non-members: A$578.59

Student / Hardship ANZ ACBS members: A$385.00     Student / Hardship non-members: A$480.41

Please note that the price increases in November, and no registrations will be accepted after 17 November 2019.

Reduced registration is available for students and those facing financial hardship.

We also have two registration scholarships available – the deadline to apply is Friday, 30 August.

All prices are listed in Australian dollars for tax purposes of our multi-national organisation.

For more information about this event, please visit the registration website.



February 1&2: Sydney – Up Your ACT Skills Intensive

2020 Skills Intensive

ANZ ACBS invites you to a weekend of ACT intensive skills practice, experiential learning, networking and fun. Drawing from the experience of four awesome trainers from across our region, this one-off intermediate to advanced workshop will focus on taking your ACT practice to the next level, including:

• Process-based ACT
• Clinical RFT
• Functional Analysis
• Working with in-session behaviours using FAP

For more details visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/657937054730124/


Late 2020: Auckland – ANZ ACBS Chapter Conference


Other Events in Australia and New Zealand

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There are regular training events across Australia and New Zealand in ACT and associated therapies. The ACBS calendar is the best place to find these. Attached link will take you to the international events calendar, simply enter your country “Australia” or “New Zealand” and you will see all future events.

Please note that listing on the Calendar does not constitute any sort of accreditation or endorsement by ACBS. It is simply a place to find and post ACT/RFT/CBS related events that are likely to be of interest to ACBS members. Any current members of ACBS may post on the Calendar (learn how).