Invited Speakers

Judy Atkinson

Presentation Title: Dreaming a Paradigm Shift: Generational Healing from Generational trauma through Educating

Professor Judy Atkinson identifies as a Jiman / Bundjalung woman who also has Anglo-Celtic, and German heritage.  With a PhD from QUT, her primary academic and research focus is in the area of violence and relational trauma, and healing for Indigenous, and indeed all peoples. She developed the Masters in Indigenous Studies (wellbeing); the undergraduate degree Trauma and Healing , and the Diploma of Community Recovery. Her book:  Trauma Trails – Recreating Songlines: The transgenerational effects of Trauma in Indigenous Australia, provides context tothe life stories of people who have moved/been moved from their country in a process that has created trauma trails, and the changes that can occur in the lives of people make connections with each other and share their stories of healing. 

Ngahuia Te Awekotuku

Presentation Title: Maringiringi noa: death ritual & Maori women

Ngahuia Te Awekotuku has been a writer, cultural activist and lucid dreamer for many decades. She grew up in a traditional family of tribal storytellers, weavers, singers. She completed her PhD (Psychology) in 1981, but chose to work in the museum and heritage sector. She has written two collections of fiction, Tahuri : Stories (Toronto : The Womens Press 1992) and Ruahine : Mythic Women (Wellington : Huia Publishers 2003). Her creative writing and scholarly works appear in many national and overseas publications. She is the principal author of the major awards winning Mau Moko : the World of Maori Tattoo published by Penguin in 2007. Ngahuia owes a lot of her success to years of effective counselling and ongoing therapy. Based where she professes at the University of Waikato, she is currently co-leading a large research team on the Maori ways of death, grief, and dying.

Deirdre Barrett

`Presentation Title: The Current Place of Dreaming in Psychotherapy

Deirdre Barrett, Ph.D. is a psychologist on the faculty of Harvard Medical. She is Past President of the International Association for the Study of Dreams and has written four books including The Committee of Sleep  and The Pregnant Man: Cases from a Hypnotherapist’s Couch. She is the editor of four additional books including The New Science of Dreaming and Trauma and Dreams. She is Editor-in-Chief of IASD’ journal, DREAMING:. Dr. Barrett's commentary on dreams has been featured on Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN, Fox, and The Discovery Channel.  She has been interviewed for dream articles in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Life, Time, and Newsweek.  Her own articles have appeared in Psychology Today and Invention and Technology. Dr. Barrett has lectured at Esalen, the Smithsonian, and at universities around the world. 

Rodolfo de Bernart

Presentation Title: "EAP (European Association of Psychotherapy) VicePresident Past President"

Psychiatrist, psychotherapist, Rodolfo de Bernart after a training in NeoFreudian Psychoanalisis supervised by Erich Fromm, was trained in family therapy by Maurizio Andolfi , Carmine Saccu, Salvador Minuchin and Carl Whitaker. Founder and Director of ITFF(Family Therapy Institute of Florence ,Italy), Past President of SITF (Italian Society for Family Therapy)FIAP (Italian Fed. of Ass. of Psychotherapies) and  of AIMS (Int. Ass. of Fam. Mediators), Charter Member of AFTA (American Fam.Ther. Academy), EAP (European Association of Psychotherapy)   Past President; Charter member and Board Member of EFTA and of EFTA-TIC. He was also part of the organization of the EFTA-TIC Event in Barcelona in Rhodes in Toulouse and in Krakow, hosting the one in Florence for Directors. He recently organized the “Humour” EAP-FIAP International Conference in Florence for EAP (1200 participants). Speaker in Workshops and Conferences in most of EU Countries, Russia, China, Usa,

Member of the Board of 11 Italian and Foreign Journals .Author of 5 books and 200 papers in I,E,F,Sp..

Robert Bosnak

Presentation Title: "Clinical dream incubation and body: Theory and demonstration"

Bio coming soon.

Roy Bowden

Presentation Title: "The Future of Psychotherapy: Reflecting the way we live in our land"

A. Roy Bowden is a former president of the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists and a board member on the World Council for Psychotherapy. He has been a keynote speaker at World Council conferences focusing on the way psychotherapy meets the needs of people in different cultures and the relevance of modality based psychotherapies in ever changing global environments. His book, A Psychotherapist Sings in Aotearoa, challenges traditional psychodynamic views in New Zealand. His published works call for psychotherapy theory and practice to be built from within cultural settings. Roy has been a Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Social Policy at Massey University, the Head of School for Counselling degree programmes at the Wellington Institute of Technology, a national trainer for couple therapists in Relationship Services, a former clergyman and a trained social auditor. Since establishing the first university based Certificate in Social Work Supervision Roy has maintained an interest in mentoring health professionals in a variety of practice settings. Roy is currently on the professional practice ethics committee for the New Zealand Psychotherapy Association, in private practice as a couples counsellor, a consultant to social agencies and a trainer for practitioners in health and welfare organisations.

Brian Broom

Presentation Title: "Psychotherapists treating bodily disease: dreaming or realistic goal for healthcare?"

Professor Brian Broom leads the MindBody Healthcare Post-Graduate Programme in the Department of Psychotherapy at the Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand, and is a Consultant Immunologist at the Department of Immunology, Auckland City Hospital.  From 1987 he has combined Psychotherapy and Clinical Immunology in one practice, and it is in this context he observed the frequent relations between physical diseases and patients’ personal ‘stories.’  His first book ‘Somatic Illness and the Patient’s Other Story’ (1997) emphasises ways of bringing ‘story’ into the clinical management of patients with physical illness from both psychotherapy and medical perspectives, and his second book ‘Meaning-full Disease’ (2007) emphasises theoretical issues underpinning mindbody psychotherapy. Recent work has focussed on ‘mindbody co-emergence.’  He has long experience supervising and training psychotherapists and doctors in ‘mindbody’ psychotherapy, and the University programme now extends integrative training to all healthcare disciplines.  He is actively involved in research looking at ‘mindbody’ psychotherapy healing processes in the common condition chronic urticaria.

Pat Dudgeon

Associate Professor Pat Dudgeon is descended from Bardi people of the Kimberley in Western Australia. As well as leadership in Indigenous higher education, she has also had significant involvement in psychology and Indigenous issues for many years. She has many publications in this area and is considered one of the ‘founding’ people in Indigenous people and psychology. She is the current Chair of the Australian Indigenous Psychologist’s Association and a member on the Public Interest Advisory Group of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). She was also awarded the grade of Fellow in the APS in 2008.

Pat Dudgeon is actively involved with the Aboriginal community and has a commitment to social justice for Indigenous people. Pat has participated in numerous community service activities of significance, such membership of the Parole Board of Western Australia for several years, and was a psychologist in the defence forces. Pat has many publications in the areas of psychology, education and women's issues.
Her key publications include Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice (2010) and Working With Indigenous Australians: A Handbook for Psychologists (2000).

Currently, she is a research fellow and an associate professor at the University of Western Australia, undertaking post doctoral research examining contemporary Aboriginal women’s roles and leadership.

Jonathan Fay

Presentation Title: "Psychotherapy for the human family"

Dr. Jonathan Fay is Associate Professor of International Psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois. He is a clinical psychology and psychotherapy practitioner who has been on the forefront of counseling and psychotherapy in Aotearoa New Zealand for the past 20 years, consulting, supervising, training and teaching at the Auckland University of Technology and Human Development Training Institute. His positions on the Executive Council of the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists included National Chair of Supervision and Chair of Ethics and Professional Standards, and he recently received a lifetime achievement award for his contributions to the profession of psychotherapy. He is a founding member of Nga Ao E Rua, a bicultural group that together with indigenous practitioners is helping to develop bicultural psychotherapy theory and practice in Aotearoa. He is married to Margaret Poutu Morice. They live in Hawkes Bay.

Carmel Flaskas

Presentation Title: Reflective practices in family therapy as a triadic relational space: Intersecting psychoanalytic ideas of thirdness with systemic theory and practice concerns

Carmel Flaskas is a social worker and family therapist, and Associate Professor in the School of Social Sciences and International Studies, University of New South Wales, Sydney, where she convenes the Master of Couple and Family Therapy program. She continues her therapy and supervision practice and has published a number of books and articles on the therapeutic relationship, on psychoanalytic ideas in the systemic context, and on knowledge in family therapy. Her recent work explores the balance of hope and hopelessness, empathic imagination, thirdness and reflective processes in family therapy, and contemporary frameworks in family therapy practice theory.  In 2006, Carmel was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Tavistock Clinic in conjunction with the University of East London for her contributions to systemic psychotherapy, and in 2005 she received the ANZJFT award for Distinguished Contributions to Australian Family Therapy.

Mick Gooda

Mick Gooda is a descendent of the Gangulu people of central Queensland. He is a senior executive with 25 years experience and a record of attaining high-level goals and leading multi-million dollar service programs and organisational reform.

Immediately prior to taking up the position of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Mick was the Chief Executive Officer of the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health (CRCAH) for close to five and a half years. Here, he drove a research agenda which placed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people ‘front and centre’ in the research agenda, working alongside world leading researchers. His work at the CRCAH empowered Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to lead the research agenda in areas including: chronic disease management; skin infections; and promoting cultural change in hospitals to make them more appropriate to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Mick has extensive knowledge of the diversity of circumstance and cultural nuances of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples throughout Australia. He has been actively involved in advocacy in Indigenous affairs throughout Australia and has delivered strategic and sustainable results in remote, rural and urban environments. Mick has played a leadership role in a range of areas including: Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission and Senior Consultant to the Aboriginal Legal Service (WA).

He is highly experienced in policy and program development in the public and community sectors.

Mick is also currently a Board Member of the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health Queensland, and is the Australian representative on the International Indigenous Council which focuses on healing and addictions. He also has an interest in the Lateral Violence Program in Canada and has been working closely with the First Nation people of Canada on the relevance of this program to Australia.

Maxim Goncharov

Presentation Title: Positive Psychotherapy in the age of globalization

Dr. Maxim Goncharov, MD, PhD, psychiatrist, psychotherapist in private practice, international master trainer of International Academy on Positive and Transcultural Psychotherapy (IAPP), member of the board of directors of the World Association of Positive Psychotherapy, professor of Wiesbaden Academy for Psychotherapy, professor of European University of Tirana  (Albania), associated professor in the Far Eastern State University of Humanities, associated professor in the Far Eastern State Medical University (Russia).

Dr. Maxim Goncharov has long experience supervising and training psychotherapists and medical doctors in positive and transcultural psychotherapy (after N.Peseschkian) and psychosomatic medicine.  He is actively involved in research looking at therapeutic relationship, emotional security and countertransference.

In 2007, Maxim Goncharov was awarded with international prize from the International Academy of Positive and Transcultural Psychotherapy for innovations.

Now he has great training work in Russia, China, Turkey, Romania, Albania.

Else Guthrie

Presentation Title: "Brief Psychodynamic-Interpersonal Therapy: Evidence base and practical applications"

Professor Else Guthrie is a Consultant and Honorary Professor of Psychological Medicine working in the Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust at Manchester Royal Infirmary, UK.

Professor Guthrie is a former Chair of the Faculty of Liaison Psychiatry, Royal College of Psychiatrists and a former UK Vice President of the Society for Psychotherapy Research.  She is a past Programme Director of the North West Higher Training Scheme in General Psychiatry and is currently Chair of the Research Committee of the Birtish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. 

Professor Guthrie is particularly interested in research which focuses on the relationship between emotional factors, depression and physical symptoms.  She is also interested in psychological therapies and has conducted a series of randomised controlled trials to test the effectiveness of psychological treatment in people with co-existing physical and psychological ill health problems.  She has shown that psychological treatments can be both efficacious but also cost-effectiveness if targeted appropriately at those patients in most need of help.  She has also recently demonstrated the effectiveness of brief psychotherapy for people who self-harm.

Brin Grenyer

Presentation Title: "Current State of the Art in Psychotherapy Research"

Brin Grenyer is Scientific Director, Neuroscience and Mental Health Research, Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute and Professor of Psychology at the University of Wollongong. He is an active psychotherapy researcher and practitioner and has contributed over 100 scientific papers and is single author of the book 'Mastering Relationship Conflicts: Discoveries in Theory, Research and Practice' published by the American Psychological Association. He helps to coordinate the Australia Area Group of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, which is hosting the 2013 International Congress to be held in Brisbane, Australia. He is currently Chair of the Psychology Board of Australia.

Louise Gyler

Louise Gyler, Ph.D. is a child and adult psychoanalyst in private practice in Sydney. She is a Training Analyst of the Australian Psychoanalytical Society and a guest member of the British Psychoanalytical Society. She is the author of The Gendered Unconscious: Can gender discourses subvert psychoanalysis? (Routledge, 2010). In 2007, she won an International Psychoanalytic Association award for her paper “Who are you? Action, play and ‘working through’ in the analysis of a young child”.

Sophie Holmes

Presentation Title: “Exploring the intuitions of therapists, and deepening understanding how elite therapists ‘just know what to do next’.”

Sophie Holmes, PhD, is a family therapist and psychologist in private practice, working in the areas of educational, developmental, and clinical psychology. She is the director of Williams Road Family Therapy Centre, Swinburne University, providing intellectual leadership in post-graduate training in psychology and family therapy, She conducts applied research focusing on the nature and development of expertise, procedural knowledge and in-the-moment experience of therapists, and mental mechanisms underpinning consistent quality of clinical practice. This research has led her to become involved in projects focused on developing successful and effective complex social-emotional-organizational systems. Her research on clinical expertise in cognitively-emotionally complex, high-stakes domains of practice, received the ‘Best PHd of 2010’ award granted by the APS college of counselling psychologists. Sophie is Chair of the board of Action of Disabilities in the Ethnic Communities (ADEC), Treasurer and Former President of the Australian Association of Family Therapy (AAFT). She is currently on the PACFA Council, a former PACFA Board members, Chair of Ethics and Founding Secretary of PACFA. 


Phil Jones

Presentation Title: "Witnessed dreaming? A history and review of the arts therapies: Dream, image, action and relation" "

Dr Phil Jones, Reader, Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law, Leeds University, England; Visiting Professor, Concordia University, Montreal and Visiting Professor, Leeds Metropolitan University, has lectured and published internationally on the arts therapies and on childhood.

His books have been translated and published in Chinese, Greek and Korean. Conferences on his work in the arts therapies have been held in London through the Central School of Speech and Drama, in the Netherlands through the Hogeschool Nijmegen and in Canada through the University of Toronto. He has given keynotes at conferences in a number of countries: from New York, USA to Seoul, South Korea, from Newfoundland, Canada to Johannesburg, South Africa. Publications include: 'The Arts Therapies'(Routledge 2005); Drama As Therapy Volume 1' (Routledge 2007 second edition); 'Childhood' (with Moss, Tomlinson and Welch, Pearson 2008); 'Supervision of Dramatherapy' (with Dokter, Routledge 2009); 'Rethinking Childhood' (Continuum 2009); 'Drama As Therapy Volume 2' (Routledge 2010); 'Rethinking Children's Rights' (with Welch 2010) and 'Children's Rights in Practice'(with Walker, 2011 Sage).  He is series editor for Continuum's 'New Childhoods' and peer reviewed articles have been published in 'The Arts in Psychotherapy' and 'The European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling'.

Douglas Kirsner

Presentation Title: “Exploring the intuitions of therapists, and deepening understanding how elite therapists ‘just know what to do next’.”

Professor Douglas Kirsner, PhD holds a personal chair in Philosophy and Psychoanalytic Studies at Deakin University. His recent publications include Unfree Associations: Inside Psychoanalytic Institutes: Updated Edition (Jason Aronson, 2009) and (with Elise Snyder), 'Psychoanalysis in China' in S. Akhtar (ed.), Freud and the Far East (Jason Aronson, 2009).

Hinewirangi Kohu-Morgan

Presentation Title:Hearing through Indegenous knowledge .”

Hinewirangi Kohu-Morgan is a Maori artist, poet, and activist, who lives and works in Aotearoa New Zealand. She is a Board Member of the International Indian Treaty Council and is a Representative for the Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific movement.

Hinewirangi is a founding director of the Maori Women’s Centre, which runs programs that help end domestic violence and rebuild community while promoting radical changes in the dominant political and economic system. She teaches in her homeland of Aotearoa New Zealand and abroad, conducting workshops on all aspects of the Maori philosophies of mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. She was a keynote speaker at the 2007 Annual Conference for the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists and has co-lead the large group experience at subsequent conferences.  Hinewirangi is the founding Kuia (esteemed female elder) for Waka Oranga, the national group for Maori Psychotherapists/Kaiwhakaruruhau.

Her areas of expertise include traditional Maori parenting and healing; Maori flute-making; and indigenous poetry and drama. Her published works include a four-part collection of poetry entitled kanohi ki ti kanohi, about her travels to indigenous communities around the world.

David Leonard

Presentation Title: "Dissociative Identity Disorder - Complex problems requiring complex approaches"

David Leonard graduated from the University of Sydney in medicine in 1964 and, after working in general medicine and general practice in Sydney, Adelaide and New Guinea, entered post graduate training in psychiatry in London and Edinburgh,. He returned to Melbourne, Australia in 1971. He worked in public sector services, particularly focussing on people with psychotic disorders and personality disorders. He became director of a number of psychiatric services over the next 25 years. He was actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and patient advocacy, through work with community organisations.

Over the last 12 years he has worked in full time private practice at the Albert Rd Clinic where he is associated with the Professorial Unit of the University of Melbourne. His work there has focussed on trauma based disorders with a particular interest in dissociative disorders

In 2010 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to psychiatry

Tianjun Liu

Presentation Title: Deep consciousness levels besides subconsciousness

Tianjun Liu, is a professor and Director of Medical Qigong research laboratory at Beijing University of Chinese Medicine where he has taught Medical Qigong for more than twenty years. He is also Secretary General of National Qigong Education and Study Association, Secretary General of China Academic Society of Medical Qigong.

For the close relationship between Qigong and psychology, he engages to integrate and develop the techniques of regulating body and mind from Qigong and psychology. He is interested in research deep consciousness levels and compares the ancient eastern views of them with the views of modern psychology. Founded on changing the state of deep consciousness levels, in recent years, he has developed some psychotherapeutic techniques, such as Moving to emptiness, Tow-time separating therapy, to use in clinic.

Deborah Luepnitz

Presentation Title: "Dreams of home: psychotherapy with formerly homeless adults."

Deborah Anna Luepnitz is on the Clinical Faculty of the Dept of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Her books include: The Family Interpreted: Psychoanalysis, Feminism, and Family Therapy (1982) and Schopenhauers Porcupines (2002) which has been translated into 6 languages. She is also a contributing author to the Cambridge Companion to Lacan. Dr. Luepnitz is the founder of I.F.A.

Victor Makarov

Presentation Title: "A new four part Biopsychosociospiritual paradigm for understanding Human Being."

The professor of psychotherapy and professional consultant. Doctor of medical sciences. Director of psychotherapy, medical psychology and sexology department of RMAPE. The President of Professional Psychotherapeutic League. A personal Member of the European Association of Psychotherapy, the psychotherapist of the European and World register of psychotherapists.

Louise Newman

Bio coming soon.

Linda Waimarie Nikora

Presentation Title: Puna Roimata : Ritualised adult crying in New Zealand Maori death rituals

Linda Waimarie Nikora (PhD, MRSNZ) is the Director of the Maori & Psychology Research Unit at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. She is an Associate Professor of psychology with specific interests is death, grief and loss. She has completed work on Street Homelessness, Maori migration, Maori development, Maori skin modification and the cultured nature of medications. Her most recent work looks at ritualized crying and changes in Maori death practices.

Lorraine Peeters

Presentation Title: "Restoring our Dreaming through Healing."

Like many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children of her generation, Auntie Lorraine Peeters was forcibly removed from her family at the age of four and placed in an institution. Through the healing journey necessitated by this traumatic event, she became involved with helping others from the Stolen Generation. She developed the Marumali model of healing and in response to great demand she established a healing program called Winangali Marumali in 2000, to support survivors of the Stolen Generation. The program works in tandem with Link-Up, which allows Indigenous people to trace lost family members, and Bringing Them Home counsellors. Recognising that those removed from their families are twice as likely to have been arrested, she also established the Marumali program in Victorian prisons. Since 2002, more than 1000 participants have completed the program. Auntie Lorraine Peeters also played an important role in the National Apology given by the Prime Minister in 2008 to the Stolen Generations. Following the apology, she presented the Prime Minister with a glass coolamon, an Indigenous vessel for carrying children, to thank him for offering the apology. Auntie Lorraine Peeters has had a profound impact on helping members of the Stolen Generation to heal.

Tessa Philips

Presentation Title: ANZAP Symposium - The Conversational model: The use of video Skype with clinical illustrations

Tessa Philips practices as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist in Sydney, and is a past president of NSWIPP. In addition to practicing as a therapist and supervisor with patients in her consulting rooms she also uses video techniques such Skype for therapy consultation and supervision. She is on the Faculty of the Sydney University Master of Medicine and Master of Science (Psychotherapy) Program, ANZAP Faculty, and is on the board of two International Psychoanalytic Organizations, IARPP and IAPSP. She has published and presented papers locally and internationally, and teaches and supervises. Her PhD thesis, Race, Place and Self, was awarded the Isi Liebler Prize at Deakin University.

Adrian Rhodes

Presentation Title: "Dreaming the dream; living the nightmare. The therapist's hope as the ultimate betrayal"

Adrian Rhodes is President of the European Association for Psychotherapy.He is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, working privately and in the National Health Service in the UK. Part of this work was to run 2 one-day ‘democratic therapeutic communities’ for people with personality disorder. Adrian has been active in UK Council for Psychotherapy, having been Honorary Secretary and Vice-Chair He represented UKCP at the European Association for Psychotherapy from 2002-2009.

In a parallel universe, Adrian is a Church of England clergyman, and was a hospital Chaplain for 25 years. He is now an Honorary Canon of Manchester Diocese, on the staff of Manchester Cathedral.

And following this Congress, he will return to the Great Barrier Reef to renew his acquaintance with the sharks and the turtles

Craig San Roque

As an Australian  relationally attuned  practitioner he has consistently illuminated  interactions between local cultural forces and individual  psyche .  Performance works, writings, clinical and academic teaching develops this theme over 25 years.  He is  embedded in  Aboriginal  affairs within Central Australia, as a consulting psychologist  in mental health, substance abuse and complex cultural trauma,  and has a special appreciation of Australian Aboriginal thought and perspectives.
As part  of the WCP  Indigenous committee his  priority is to  bring to Congress participants a  vigorous opportunity to  engage with  realities  facing  indigenous people.

Publications on such themes include  -‘The Lemon Tree  - A Conversation on Civilisation’   in Spring Journal  Books 2011; The Sugarman/ Dionysos Project  1993 -1999 - a series of  provocative  intercultural  ceremonial performances on Intoxication. Coming To Terms with the Country,  in ‘The Geography of Meanings’.  ed  Hooke & Akhtar ,  International Psychoanalytic  Publications  London, 2007, and On Tjukurrpa and Building Thought’ in  ‘Explorations in Psychoanalysis and Ethnography’ ed J.  Mimica,   Berghan Books N.Y.  2007 -  which serve as a basis for the WCP presentation on ‘How The Dreaming Works.’

Gill Straker

Presentation Title: "Collective Dreaming, Healing and Continuing Traumatic Stress"

Gill Straker is a Clinical Professor ( Dept Psychiatry University of Sydney), a visiting Research Professor (Psychology University of Witwatersrand) and a Mellon Foundation Distinguished Scholar. In South Africa she was a founding member of the Sanctuaries Counselling team providing psychological services for township activists on the run from the Apartheid State. She is practicing Lacanian psychoanalyst ( Australian Center Psychoanalysis ), a member of NSWIPP, ANZAP, and the International Association of Relational Psychoanalysis. She has published papers on trauma and psychotherapy both nationally and internationally.

Neville Symington

Presentation Title: ""What happen within a moment of healing."

Neville Symington is a psycho-analyst in private practice with his wife (who is also a psycho-analyst) in Sydney, Australia.  As a young man he took a diploma in Philosophy and then in Theology.  He later did a degree in Psychology and took a diploma in Clinical Psychology.  He did his psycho-analytic training in London and is a Fellow of the British Psycho-Analytical Society. He held a senior staff position in the Adult Department of the Tavistock Clinic from 1977-85.  He was also Chairman of the Psychology Discipline for the Adult and Adolescent Departments at the Tavistock Clinic in London..  In 1986 he migrated to Sydney, Australia where he was Chairman of the Sydney Institute for Psycho-Analysis from 1987-93. He was President of the Australian Psycho-Analytic Society from 1999-2002.   He is the author of The Analytic Experience published by Free Association Press and St. Martins Press, of  Emotion and Spirit published by Cassell and later re-published by Karnac Books, of Narcissism: A New Theory, The Making of a Psychotherapist, The Spirit of Sanity, A Pattern of Madness, How to Choose a Psychotherapist,  The Blind Man Sees, A Healing Conversation and Becoming a Person through Psycho-Analysis  which are all published by Karnac Books.  He is joint-author with Joan Symington of The Clinical Thinking of Wilfred Bion published by Routledge.  He also published a novel called  A Priest’s Affair published by Free Association Press and a book of poetry IN-GRATITUDE and other POEMS published by Karnac. He has lectured in Britain, Norway, Denmark, Poland, Germany, the United States, Brazil, Israel, India, Japan, New Zealand and Australia. He has a website at:

Emmy van Deurzen

Presentation Title: Dreams, nightmares and other visions of reality: Existential therapy and the human dilemma

Professor Emmy van Deurzen, PhD is an existential counselling psychologist, psychotherapist and philosopher and a world authority on existential psychotherapy. She established existential therapy in the UK and she founded, directed and developed both Regent’s College School of Psychotherapy and Counselling and the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling in London. She is Professor of Psychotherapy with Schiller International University, Honorary Professor with the University of Sheffield, where she co-directs the Centre for the Study of Conflict and Reconciliation and Visiting Professor with Middlesex University, for whom she directs two doctoral programmes at NSPC.  She founded the Society for Existential Analysis (SEA) and its Journal Existential Analysis in 1988 and co-founded the International Collaborative of Existential Counsellors and Psychotherapists (ICECAP) in 2006.  She was the first chair of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy.

Amongst her books is the bestseller Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling in Practice (2nd edition Sage, 2002, with a third edition expected in 2011), as well as her book Psychotherapy and the Quest for Happiness (Sage, 2009).  A co-edited book on Existential Supervision came out in 2009 and Routledge published the second edition of her textbook on existential therapy Everyday Mysteries in 2010. A co-authored book on Skills in Existential Counselling and Psychotherapy was also published in 2010.  Her work has been translated into a dozen languages.

Emmy will be conducting a series of workshops for CEP pre conference. Click here for further information and to register

David Tacey

Presentation Title: Spirituality and Healing

David Tacey PhD. teaches Psychoanalysis, Spirituality and Literary Studies at La Trobe University, Melbourne. His special interest is the search for meaning in the contemporary world. He is the author of twelve books on spirituality and depth psychology. His books include Re-Enchantment: The New Australian Spirituality (2000), The Spirituality Revolution (2003) and Edge of the Sacred (2009). He is the author of The Jung Reader (2011) and The Idea of the Numinous (2006). His most recent book is on spirituality and healing, and is called Gods and Diseases (Sydney: Harper Collins, 2011) and his writings have been translated into several languages, including Cantonese, Korean, Spanish and French.

Charles Waldegrave

Presentation Title: Culture as the Primary Expression of Belonging and the Basis of Healing

Charles Waldegrave is a psychologist, a family therapist, an Anglican priest, a social policy analyst and researcher.  He is the Pakeha (European) Co-ordinator of the Family Centre which has three cultural sections Maori, Pacific and Pakeha (European).  Along with colleagues at the Family Centre, he developed ‘Just Therapy’, an approach that grounds therapy in the cultural, gender and socio-economic experiences of family members.

He also leads the Family Centre Social Policy Research Unit and is a joint leader of both the New Zealand Poverty Measurement Project (NZPMP) and the New Zealand Longitudinal Study of Ageing (NZLSA).  He and colleagues have specialised in developing linkages between therapy, research and social policy.   

Charles and colleagues are regularly contracted to run workshops and educational events on ‘Just Therapy’ and in areas of applied social policy regularly throughout the world.  He has published extensively in therapeutic and research journals in New Zealand and internationally.  In 2007 he and his colleagues in the ‘Just Therapy’ team were the recipients of the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA) Award for a Distinguished Contribution to Social Justice.

Glenn Williams

Bio coming soon.

Xudong Zhao

Affiliation and Position
1. Director of the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine, Shanghai East Hospital
2. Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, Tongji University, Shanghai
3. Honorary Professor, Polytechnic University Hong Kong
4. Guest-Professor, Mental Health Institute of Beijing University
5. Director of Task Force for Sino-German Friendship Hospital Project, Shanghai

1. Bachelor of Medicine, Kunming Medical College, China, 1983
2. Master of Medicine, West China University of Medicine, China 1988
3. Doktor fuer Medizin (, Heidelberg University, Germany, 1994

Academic Activities
Since 1983, I have been working in the fields of neurology, psychiatry and psychotherapy. Focuses of research and teaching are cross-cultural psychiatry, family dynamics, family therapy and psychosomatic medicine.

As one of the leading psychiatrists and psychotherapists in China, I have contributed to the development of psychotherapy and clinical psychosomatic medicine in China. My colleagues and I have set up the first open psychiatric ward and the first psychotherapy centre in China in 1980’s and 1990’s respectively.
As leaders of “Chinese-German Advanced Continuous Training Program for Psychotherapy” which has introduced Western Psychotherapy into China successfully, Mrs. Margarete Haass-Wiesegart and I got the “International Sigmund Freud Award for Psychotherapy 2008” from Vienna City, Austria.