Plenary Speakers

Professor Harlene Anderson

Presentation Title: " The Heart and Spirit of Collaborative Therapy: The Philosophical Stance ."

Recognized internationally as a leader in the development of a postmodern collaborative approach to psychotherapy, Dr. Anderson has applied her collaborative approach to organizations, education, research and consultation. A sought-after speaker, consultant, and trainer, she uses her tools—her insights, her keen interest, her engaging conversational style, her leadership skills--to help and inspire individuals and organizations to achieve clarity, focus, renewed energy, and often surprising results.

Widely published, her books which have been translated into several languages include Conversations, Language and Possibilities and coedited Appreciative Organizations, Collaborative Therapy: Relationships and Conversations that Make a Difference and Innovations in the Reflecting Process. Dr. Anderson is a cofounder and on the boards of the Houston Galveston Institute, the Taos Institute, and Access Success International; she is the founding editor of the International Journal of Collaborative Practices and the International Certificate in Collaborative Practices program.

Harlene Anderson holds a doctorate in psychology and is a licensed professional counselor and family therapist. She is a founding member of the Houston Galveston Institute, the Taos Institute and AccessSuccess International. She is an Advisor for the Taos Institute-Tilburg University Doctoral Program, an Associate Professor, Psychology Department, Our Lady of the Lake University, and an Associate of the Silver Fox Advisors. She is the recipient of the 2008 American Academy of Family Therapy Award for Distinguished Contribution to Family Therapy Theory and Practice, the 2000 American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy award for Outstanding Contributions to Marriage and Family Therapy, and the 1997 Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy award for Lifetime Achievement.

Professor Astrid Berg

Professor Astrid Berg is a Psychiatrist, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist as well as an Analyst. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town and a senior consultant in the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town where she heads the UCT Parent-Infant Mental Health Service.

Astrid has been involved in working in a community in Cape Town since 1995 where she is in charge of a weekly mother-baby mental health clinic. She has written about this work and presented it extensively internationally. Her particular interest is in inter-cultural communication

Sir Mason Durie

Sir Mason Durie is from New Zealand and is a member of the Rangitane and Ngati Kauwhata (Maori) tribes. He graduated in medicine in 1963 and completed a psychiatric residency at McGill University in 1970. He was subsequently appointed Director of Psychiatry at the Palmerston North Hospital and was made a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry in 1979.

He was an inaugural member of the New Zealand Mental Health Foundation and pioneered community mental health programmes in New Zealand, with a particular focus on indigenous communities. From 1986-1988 he was Commissioner on the Royal Commission on Social Policy and was appointed Professor of Maori Studies at Massey University in 1988. Professor Durie has served on a number of health committees and has been Chair of the National Health Committee as well as a Commissioner for the New Zealand Families Commission. In 2009-10 he headed a Parliamentary taskforce, ‘Whanau Ora,’ that investigated options for an integrated approach to family-based health and social services.

He has published many articles on indigenous health, the relevance of culture to counseling and psychotherapy, and the links between good health and wider societal attitudes. He has played a significant national role in Maori health workforce development and the recognition of cultural competence and cultural safety.

Professor Durie is currently Professor of Maori Research and Development, Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Maori & Pasifika) and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Massey University. In 2010 he was made a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to health and to Maori health.

Professor Russell Meares

Russell Meares is an Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at Sydney University and Director of Mental Health Sciences at Westmead Hospital in Sydney.
 - Trained at Maudsley and Bethlem Royal Hospitals, 1963 -1968, co-founding with Robert Hobson the Conversational Model of psychotherapy.
 - Founder of the academic department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne, at the Austin Hospital 1969.
 -  Foundation Chair of Psychiatry of Sydney University at Westmead Hospital, 1981, Foundation President of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychotherapy in 1989.

His most recent books are: “Intimacy and Alienation”, 2000; “Metaphor of Play”, revised and enlarged edition, 2005.  Awarded Distinguished Psychiatrist of the Year, at UCLA, 2007 and the RANZCP NSW Branch, Meritorious Service Award, 2009.

Doctor Warwick Middleton

Warwick Middleton MB BS, FRANZCP, MD., holds appointments as Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health, La Trobe University, and, Associate Professor in Psychiatry, University of Queensland. He has made substantial and ongoing contributions to the bereavement and trauma literatures and was with Dr Jeremy Butler author of the first published series in the Australian scientific literature detailing the abuse histories and clinical phenomenology of patients fulfilling diagnostic criteria for Dissociative Identity Disorder. He chairs The Cannan Institute as well as its research and conference organizing committees. In 1996 he was a principal architect in establishing Australia’s first dedicated unit treating dissociative disorders (the Trauma and Dissociation Unit, Belmont Hospital – Healthe Care). He has been in full time private practice since 1995. He has had substantive ongoing involvement with research, writing, reviewing, teaching (including workshops and seminar presentations), conference convening and supervision of health and research professionals. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation. In 2008 he was elected a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD). Dr Middleton recently served on the ISSTD committee revising the treatment guidelines for dissociative identity disorder and he is a member of the ISSTD Internationalization Taskforce.

Professor Helen Milroy

Helen Milroy is a descendant of the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia but was born and educated in Perth. She studied Medicine at the University of Western Australia, worked as a General Practitioner and Consultant in Childhood Sexual Abuse at Princess Margaret Hospital for children for several years before completing specialist training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. At present Helen works as a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at the Bentley Family Clinic and Families At Work residential program, and as a Professor and Director for the Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health at the University of Western Australia.
Helen is currently a member of many State and National committees and has been on a number of College policy committees, reference and advisory groups. Helen is a Past President of the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association (AIDA), current member of the National Advisory Council on Mental Health, and is a board member of Headspace, the National Youth Mental Health initiative, as well as a member of the Western Australian Indigenous Implementation Board.


Professor Alfred Pritz

Born 1952 in Austria, Ph.D in Psychopathology and Pedagogics in Salzburg.
Full professor at the Sigmund Freud University Vienna Paris.
President of the World Council for Psychotherapy.
General secretary of the European Association for Psychotherapy.
Collaborator for the Austrian law for Psychotherapy and advisor in some European ministeries.

Trained in several psychotherapeutic methods (client-centered psychotherapy, gestalt, psychoanalysis and grouptherapy).
Author and publisher of about 20 books on psychotherapy, for example “Globalized psychotherapy”, Facultas, Vienna, Austria 2002 (in english)
“Dictionary of Psychotherapy”, Springer, 2000, Vienna (in German, 2010 in Spanish)

Rector of the Sigmund Freud University Vienna.

Doctor Colin Ross

Colin Ross, MD is an internationally recognized clinician, researcher, writer and lecturer on psychological trauma.  He is a past president of the International Society for the Study of Dissociation and the author of over 150 books, papers and book chapters and has reviewed for numerous professional journals. His awards include the Morton Prince Award for Scientific Achievement (1989) and the President’s Award (1990) from the International Society for the Study of Dissociation.

He is the founder and President of the Colin A. Ross Institute for Psychological Trauma which provides treatment for trauma related disorders and symptoms including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Borderline Personality Disorder, Addictive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Depression, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Dr. Ross is the Executive Medical Director of three programs located at Timberlawn Mental Health System in Dallas, Texas, Forest View Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Del Amo Hospital in Torrance, California.

Professor Mary Target

Mary Target PhD first trained as a clinical psychologist, then as a psychoanalyst and is currently Professor of Psychoanalysis at University College London, and Professional Director of the Anna Freud Centre which is a psychoanalytically-orientated centre for the study and treatment of children and young poeple.

She is a Fellow of the British Psycho-Analytical Society, and Course Director of UCL’s Masters in Theoretical Psychoanalytic Studies and Doctorate in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. She carries out research on child and adult attachment, personality functioning and mentalization, and has a half-time psychoanalytic practice with adults and older adolescents.