Conference Program



9:00 – 12:30

Workshop 1:

Narrative exposure therapy

Professor Frank Neuner

13:30 – 17:00

Workshop 2:

Applying posttraumatic growth in clinical practice
Professor Richard Tedeschi

5:15 – 6:30



8:30 – 9:00


9:00 – 10:00

Keynote address:

Recent developments in the science and application of posttraumatic growth

Professor Richard Tedeschi

10:30 – 12:00

Concurrent sessions

Session 1A
Symposium 1

Risk factors and interventions that influence physical and psychological recovery following trauma exposure during early childhood through adolescence
Chair: Professor Justin Kenardy
Erin Brown, Belinda Dow, Jo Butler, Andrea Baldwin, Alexandra De Young

Session 1B
Symposium 2

Pre-settlement factors, trauma, and the family context in post-migration mental health among refugees
Chair: Dr Shraddha Kashyap
Discussant: A/Professor Angela Nickerson
Shraddha Kashyap, Belinda Liddell, Winnie Lau, Richard Bryant

Session 1C
Free papers 1

Peer support and clinical approaches
Chair: A/Professor Sam Harvey

Mental health training for senior first responders: The results of two randomised controlled trials
Sam Harvey


The SIX Cs Model: Immediate Psychological First Aid
Moshe Farchi


Prolonged exposure therapy: Training and support program for private psychologists in Australia
Darryl Wade


Self-reported outcome measures for adults with post traumatic stress disorder: Recommendations for clinical practice
Holly Bowen-Salter


Do cognitive tasks reduce intrusive memory frequency after exposure to trauma?
Amalia Badawi


In survival mode: Implementing complex trauma informed care within a public mental health service
Michelle White & Nicola Spence

Session 1D
Clinical tutorials 1

Trauma-informed care for clients who have experienced violence: Implications for clinicians
Anne-Laure Couineau, Phoenix Australia

12:00 – 13:00


13:00 – 14:00

Keynote address:

The power of the narration: Understanding and treating complex trauma in victims of abuse, war and torture

Professor Frank Neuner

14:00 – 15:00

Panel discussion:

How to move from a focus on symptoms to the promotion of wellbeing.

Chair: A/Professor Andrea Phelps

Professor Richard Tedeschi, Professor Frank Neuner, Dr Stephanie Hodson, Dr Ruth Wells

15:30 – 17:00

Concurrent sessions

Session 2A
Symposium 3

Contemporary findings using diverse methods in posttraumatic growth research
Chair: Professor Jane Shakespeare-Finch
Discussant: Professor Richard Tedeschi
Olivia Miller, 
Jane Shakespeare-Finch, Daniel Krosch, Jonathon Robinson, Sara Parsafar

Session 2B
Symposium 4

Current research into moral injury in Australia
Chair: A/Professor Andrea Phelps
David Berle, Joel Hoffman, Lindsay Carey, Andrea Phelps, Kim Murray

Session 2C
Free papers 3

Refugees and culture
Chair: Dr Elizabeth Newnham

Mechanisms of adaptation in the Syrian refugee community in Jordan: The role of gender in shaping resilience in an ecological context
Wafa Al-Hayek


Barriers to accessing psychological care for migrant and refugee women who have experienced family and sexual violence
Anne-Laure Couineau


Early intervention in asylum seeker mental health: Applications of the STAR-MH
Debbie Hocking


Determining the prevalence of psychological problems of asylum-seeking children and parents facing insecure residency and immigration restrictions
Reza Rostami


The psychological effects of trauma for adolescent disaster survivors in China and Nepal
Elizabeth Newnham

Session 2D
Clinical tutorial 2 & 3

Everything you need to know about transdiagnostic interventions and how they are relevant to trauma-related disorders
Professor Meaghan O’Donnell, Phoenix Australia


Working with moral injury and moral appraisals
Dominic Hilbrink & Professor Zachary Steel, St John of God

17:15– 18:00





9:00 – 10:00

Keynote address:

The past, present, and future of Australian psychotraumatology

Professor Richard Bryant

10:30 – 12:00

Concurrent sessions

Session 3A
Symposium 5

The role of physical activity in promoting resilience and recovery in populations exposed to continuous traumatic stress
Chair: Dr Ruth Wells
Simon Rosenbaum, Reza Rostami, Ruth Wells, Grace McKeon, Ronnie Moseley and Ross Beckley

Session 3B
Symposium 6

Research advancements in the field of refugee mental health
Chair: Dr Yulisha Byrow
Discussant: Belinda Liddell

Angela Nickerson, Yulisha Byrow, Philippa Specker, Joel Hoffman

Session 3C
Free papers 3

Qualitative / Open
Chair: Professor Jane Shakespeare-Finch

Intersex lived experiences – findings from narrative analysis
Bonnie Hart


Over exposure: The trauma exposure of TV news camera operators and reporters
Jasmine MacDonald


A focus on exposure: Potentially traumatic events and the psychological implications for TV news camera operators
Jasmine MacDonald


Reconstructing trauma: An interdisciplinary analysis of traumatic knowledge and recovery
Cody Reynolds


Psychological posttrauma outcomes after a vehicle hijacking: A phenomenological exploration within the South African context
Leesa Adlard

Session 3D
Clinical tutorial 4

Imagery rehearsal (rescripting nightmares)
A/Professor Andrea Phelps, Phoenix Australia

12:00 – 13:00


13:00 – 14:00

Keynote address:

Factors underlying the greater prevalence of PTSD in women: The role of neurobiological, cognitive and social influences

Professor Kim Felmingham

14:00 – 15:00


ICD-11 is better than DSM-5

Moderator: A/Professor Sam Harvey
For the affirmative: Professor Meaghan O’Donnell & Professor Zachary Steel
For the negative: Professor Richard Bryant & Professor David Forbes

15:30 – 17:00

Concurrent sessions

Session 4A
Symposium 7

Mechanisms underlying PTSD: Biological influences on fear extinction, emotional memory and neural responses
Chair: Professor Kim Felmingham
Dharani Keyan, Luke Ney, Emma Nicholson, Ken Chia-Ming-Hsu, Lisa Miller

Session 4B
Free papers 4

Defence research
Chair: Dr Lindsay Carey

Research translation within Defence – mental health and resilience
Carolina Casetta


The Longitudinal ADF Study Evaluating Resilience (LASER-Resilience): Patterns and predictors of wellbeing in the early years of the military career
David Forbes


PTSD and associated risk factors in mental health treatment-seeking Canadian armed forces veterans
J Don Richardson


The prevalence and longitudinal course of trauma and PTSD in current and ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) members: Co-morbidity and risk factors
Miranda Van Hooff


The relationship between trauma and the emergence of PTSD symptoms in a combat deployed cohort of current and ex-serving ADF members
Ellie Lawrence-Wood


Mental health in Australian Defence Force unmanned aerial vehicle operators in Afghanistan
Andrew Moss


Investigating the utility of compassionate mind training in ex-service personnel with PTSD and their partners
Kelly Brown

Session 4C
Free papers 5

Developmental and adolescent mental health
Chair: Jane Nursey

Adolescent mental health after natural disasters: Highlighting the role of chronic stressors
Elizabeth Newnham


Activating attachment impacts young people’s approach to conversations about death
Holly Evans


Psychological interventions for the treatment of posttraumatic stress, anxiety, depression and substance use following interpersonal trauma in young people: A meta-analysis
Wilma Peters


Secure attachment priming reduces fear learning and enhances extinction
Metaxia Toumbelekis


Attachment style and posttraumatic stress: The role of cognitive appraisals
Sally Hopwood


The role of posttraumatic growth in moderating the association between parenting experience and psychological distress in breast cancer survivors who are mothers of dependent children
Carissa Kuswanto


Decreasing trauma symptoms in children in statutory out of home care
Stacey McMullen & Nicole Galloway

Session 4D
Clinical tutorial 5

The power of nature: Its role in stabilisation, treatment, recovery and growth following trauma
Ann Linsten & Dr Tarni Jennings 


Compassion focused treatments for posttraumatic stress injuries
Joe Losinno