May 23 - 26, 2017


Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Herston


4 mini workshops!


50+ Professional Speakers

The conference in a nutshell

  • 50+ speakers; 4 Mini-workshops
  • The International Conference of Neuropsychotherapy covers a multitude of applied neuroscience topics
  • Peer to peer networking and forums
  • International Association of Clinical Neuropsychotherapy Annual General Meeting
  • 2 Pre-conference workshops
    • Skills-based workshop on the Neuroscience of Pain (½ day)
    • Skills-based workshop on a Neuropsychotherapeutic approach to dealing with eating disorders (½ day)
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Pre-Conference workshops

The Brain and Pain: From Neuroscience to Practical Strategies for Treatment – ½ day skills based workshop with Prof Pieter Rossouw


  1. The brain and persistent pain – the principles
  • Movement
    Movement is critical for the maintenance of key bodily functions and often compromised in the context of persistent pain.  Getting patients to move again is a small step that builds a foundation for ongoing treatment engagement and recovery.– Understand why movement is important
    – Develop creative ways of using this in treatment
  • Fear avoidance 
    A key concept in persistent pain rehab, challenging fears around movement is critical to treatment progress.  Yet the complexities of identifying and working with fear beliefs and avoidant behaviour are often poorly understood.– What are “pain behaviours”?
    – How do these develop?
    – Review the assumptions of the fear-avoidance model
    – Treatment impacts and what to do about it: Psychology, Neuroscience, Physiology and Behaviour


  1. The brain and persistent pain – engagement and applications
  • Pain – implications for clinical practice  
    A practical, skills-based session exploring the impacts of movement and fear-avoidance on everyday clinical practice.  Identify opportunities, problem-solve barriers, consider case studies and explore applications for current clinical work.
  • Facilitating patient/client engagement
    Most pain programs are designed for goal-directed action.  Yet many people living with pain are ambivalent at best about a self-management approach.
    – Understand why engagement is critical
    – Learn to identify and build on change readiness
    – Optimise treatment for learning and sustainable change


  1. The brain and persistent pain – from stress responses to habit formation/neural loops
  • Mood, anxiety and stress
    The neural effects of low mood and stress have significant impacts on pain experience and treatment engagement.  Clinical levels of anxiety and depression are established risk factors for long term disability.– Review the importance of screening for emotional distress
    – Consider the triggering effects of pain and posttraumatic stress
    – Understand why catastrophizing is a recovery risk
    – The impact of adverse events and why timing is important
  • Habit formation/neural loops
    Learning to do things differently is the key to living meaningfully despite persistent pain.  Using the body differently, finding the right posture and pace are important considerations in this regard.
    – Learn to conduct a thorough assessment in light of these factors
    – Understand the Psychology of habit formation
    – Design treatments to create lasting change


  1. The brain and persistent pain – strategic principles and clinical applications
    • Hope, empowerment & control
      How treatment is delivered is often as important as program content when working with vulnerable populations.  Outcomes are enhanced when opportunities for using the principles of hope, empowerment and control are maximised
      – Consider these factors in the context of return to work and other meaningful life roles
      – Get upgrades right
      – Review the impact of setbacks and why these are so damaging

The Neuroscience of Eating Disorders – Key Findings and Implications for Clinical Practice

½ day workshop with Dr Roger Mysliwiec

This workshop will begin with providing an up to date overview of the eating disorders and their best practice treatments. This will include dispelling the nine most commonly held myths about eating disorders through discussion of scientific evidence and establishing nine truths about eating disorders. It is intended to then explore in more detail the neurobiological underpinnings of the etiology of the eating disorders and their implications for prognosis and treatment. This will include discussion of the interaction between genetic and environmental risk factors and their role in the development and maintenance of eating disorders and highlight the effects of illness duration on neuroprogression and the resulting urgency for early and effective intervention. Some time will be spent on how to communicate the neuroscience of eating disorders to clients in a therapeutically helpful way. The workshop will look at examples of common challenges and dilemmas of treatment of eating disorders and how principles of clinical neuropsychotherapy can be applied to specific eating disorder presentations like short duration anorexia of adolescents or severe and enduring chronic anorexia.

The workshop will have interactive components and will allow for ample time of discussion. Participants with clinical eating disorders experience are encouraged to bring cases for discussion in small groups.

Some experience in eating disorders and/or neuroscience will be helpful but is not essential.

Learning Objectives:

• Have a good understanding of etiology and best practice treatment of eating disorders

• Have an ability to counter the most common nine myths about eating disorders with scientific evidence

• Develop an ability to communicate the most important neuroscientific findings about eating disorders to clients and their carers

• Develop an understanding of applying neuroscience findings and principles to treatment of eating disorders

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Conference Overview / Streams and Mini-Workshops

Applied Neuroscience streams

  • Sport and Performance
  • Psychopathology
  • Expressive Therapies
  • Organisational Neuroscience

Applied Neuroscience Mini-Workshops

  • Neuroscience in Organisational settings
  • Expressive therapies – experiential
  • Neurobiology of Domestic Violence
  • Neurobiology of Resilience

Conference Keynote Speakers / 50+ Speakers!

Pieter Rossouw

Prof Brain-Based Education Central Qld Uni, President IACN

Director of Mediros Clinical Solutions, The BRAINGro Institute and The Neuropsychotherapy Institute

Roger Mysliwiec

Dr Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy

Dr Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy Auckland, New Zealand (more…)

Lisa Stevens

Sport Psychologist

Sport Psychologist Melbourne, Australia (more…)

Rita Princi

Clinical Psychologist

Clinical Psychologist, Adelaide, Australia (more…)

Judith Murray

AProf School of Psychology

AProf School of Psychology, University of Qld Brisbane, Australia (more…)

Dirk Geldenhuys

Prof Industrial Psychology

Prof Industrial Psychology, UNISA, Rep of South Africa (more…)

Claire Scannell

Clinical Health Psychologist

Clinical Health Psychologist, Sydney, Australia (more…)

David Collins

Clinical Psychologist

Doctoral trained clinical psychologist   (more…)

Become a speaker / Register your interest with an abstract here

If you would like to present at the conference, please fill in the form below including an abstract of your proposed presentation.

Presentation Type : Paper 
Abstracts accepted in .doc, .docx and .pdf formats

Conference costing / Discounts available


Standard: $950
Student: $880
Group 5+: $825

Pre-Conf (Eating disorders workshop)

Standard: $280
Student: $220
Group 5+: $210

Pre-Conf (Pain workshop)

Standard: $280
Student: $220
Group 5+: $210

You can register and pay online, or alternatively download the registration form here, scan and email it to us.

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One or two day registration is available for $350 per day for those who are unable to attend the whole conference. If you are interested in attending for only one or two days please click here

Conference FAQS / common questions

The conference is located at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH), Herston 4006 QLD. The conference will be held in the hospital’s Education Centre, which can be easily accessed by public transport or own transport, with parking available on campus. Driving from the City: The RBWH is approximately 4km away from the city centre, and depending on traffic, may take 20-30 minutes to travel by car or taxi. The minimum taxi fare of this trip would be starting at approximately $20. Public Transport: There are a number of buses that travel directly to the RBWH. To determine the bus service nearest to your location, please use the journey planner function at The nearest railway stations are at Fortitude Valley and Bowen Hills and are located approximately 1km away from the RBWH. Parking: There are three multi-storey car parks at the RBWH available 24hrs a day, 7 days a week with parking charges applying.
  • The Metro Car Park on Butterfield Street near the main entrance to the hospital and costs approximately $30 per day.
  • The Metro Car Park on Bramston Terrace which is linked to the Royal Children’s Hospital is the furthest carpark from the Education Centre and costs approximately $22 per day.
  • The Wilson Car Park is located on the corner of Gilchrist Avenue and Herston Road and costs approximately $33 per day.
Suburbs surrounding the RBWH are Bowen Hills, Fortitude Valley, Windsor, Spring Hill, and Brisbane CBD. Past conference attendees have stayed at and recommend the Oaks Mews, which is located in Bowen Hills, 4006. There are many accommodation options on offer in the Brisbane CBD with many public transport options going from there to the hospital. For a comprehensive list of accommodation options, please visit
Please contact us via the contact e-mail below and we will get in touch with you to see what we can do. Alternatively, you can call us on +61 7 3217 7266.
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