National Counselling & Psychotherapy Conference 2019

National Psychology,
Counselling & Psychotherapy Conference

Expert-led training for psychologists, counsellors,
psychotherapists and healthcare professionals

Wednesday 27th November 2019

Australian National Maritime Museum 9.00 – 5.30pm

About Us

The National Psychology, Counselling & Psychotherapy Conference explores current and future trends in psychology, psychotherapy and mental health. This innovative conference features expert academics, authors and clinicians exploring emerging issues that will shape the future of our clinical practice as therapists.

The National Psychology, Counselling & Psychotherapy Conference is an international series of events focussing on how we should approach mental health. Following sold-out conferences in London, Birmingham and Singapore, nextmedia are delighted to bring this essential 1 day conference to Sydney.

Confirmed Speakers

Professor Philip Zimbardo

Professor Emeritus of Psychology (Stanford University)

Professor Philip Zimbardo is a true pioneer of psychology. Alongside his world famous ‘Stanford Prison Experiment’ in 1971, he was previously president of the American Psychological Association and is now a Professor Emeritus of Stanford University. His study of human behaviour and wealth of experience make him one of the worlds leading speakers on human behaviour. After 50 years lecturing, Zimbardo retired from lecturing in 2008 – this will be one of his last ever lectures, an opportunity not to be missed

Professor Gillian Straker

Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Professor, Psychotherapist and Author

Prof Gill Straker is a highly experienced clinical professor in the School of Psychology at Sydney University. She has published widely in the area of psychotherapy and psychology. She is a passionate believer in the transformative power of authentic relating and is firmly of the belief that we all are engaged in psychological struggles that we tend to hide, including from ourselves. Gill has a private therapy and supervision practice in Sydney.

Dr Jacqui Winship

Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Supervisor and Author

Dr Jacqui Winship has over twenty-five years of experience as a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, supervisor and researcher. Jacqui works with adults, adolescents and couples and has a strong belief in the transformative power of the therapy relationship. As a therapist, she offers an integrative approach based on relational psychotherapy. Jacqui also offers professional supervision as well as training and personal development workshops. Jacqui is a full member of the New South Wales Institute for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, and the Australican Clinical Psychology Association. She has published several academic papers and media articles and she is a co-author, along with Professor Gill Straker, of The Talking Cure (Pan Macmillan 2019).

Dr Andrew Phipps

Clinical Psychologist, Accredited Schema Therapist and Trainer/Supervisor

Andrew is a Clinical Psychologist from Sydney. Andrew runs a schema therapy focussed private practice in Sydney’s Inner-West. He maintains a research and teaching role within the Western Sydney University Clinical Psychology Training Program. Andrew’s current research focusses on psychotherapy training methods, as well as therapist schemas. Andrew is an accredited Schema Therapist, Trainer and Supervisor; delivering schema therapy training and supervision across Australia and New Zealand. In this capacity, he works as a consultant for several mental health services in Sydney.

Dr Danielle Einstein

Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Researcher and Author

Dr Einstein is a leading expert in understanding the impact of devices on mental health. She is a researcher and Clinical Psychologist. She commenced her career in 1996 as Director of the Anxiety Clinic at Westmead Hospital in Sydney. Since then she has developed treatment programs for anxiety, depression and other mental health difficulties, published for parents, teachers, and mental health professionals. She is called on by the mainstream media (The Project, Sunrise, ABC, Yahoo, Life Matters, Sydney Morning Herald) to provide expert opinion. She was the first Australian Clinical Psychologist to explain how phone use is contributing to a rise in anxiety and called for changes to be made for device use within schools.

Dr Jill Newby

Clinical Psychologist and Senior Lecturer

Dr Jill Newby is a Senior Lecturer and MRFF Career Development Fellow in the UNSW School of Psychology, and research director of the Clinical Research unit for anxiety and depression. Her research focuses on the development, evaluation and dissemination of online and virtual reality therapies for anxiety and depression.

Gunter Swoboda

Psychologist, Author, Speaker and Producer

Gunter is a psychologist, speaker, author, mentor, coach and facilitator with over three decades of counselling and organizational development experience. His passion for people, philosophy and psychology has allowed him to forge a curriculum to assist his clients to move beyond simply surviving in this world and to learn how to truly thrive within it.

His expertise, experience and personal wisdom has benefitted both individuals and businesses from the very small to large multinational companies.

Personally, Gunter has been successfully married for the past thirty-four years and has two adult children. He is a keen surfer, and when time allows, likes to indulge his passion in percussion and creative writing.

He is the author of a historical novel ‘Mountains of the Sea’ as well as short plays and stories. In recent times, Gunter’s interest in men’s health issues has led to him to develop a project to help men to rethink their masculinity and step out from an outmoded way of being, and become an inspiration to others.

At a time when a great deal of focus is directed at the issue of men and maleness as a problem, there is an important question that is often neglected: ‘What makes good men great?’

Taking us through a critical review of our understanding of traditional masculinity, Gunter will challenge us to rethink our beliefs about men and invite us to engage in the individual and social evolution of masculinity.

Dr Bruce Lachter

Psychiatrist, Psychotherapist, Supervisor and Author

Dr Bruce Lachter is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist with more than twenty years of clinical experience. He teaches psychodynamic thinking to medical students and psychiatry trainees. A former journalist, his novel - “A Break in the Wall” - is a satire of contemporary psychiatry, set in prison.

Dr Stephanie Ward

Geriatrician and Senior Research Fellow

Dr Stephanie Ward is a practicing Geriatrician at the Prince of Wales Hospital where she works in the Cognitive Disorders Clinic and in the Geriatric Medicine Outreach Service to residential aged care facilities in Sydney's south-east. She is passionate about interventions that improve quality of life for older adults, and was part of ABC's "Old Peoples Home for 4 Year Old" TV series that evaluated how introducing a preschool into an aged care setting affected residents' mental and physical health. She is equally passionate about improving the care delivered to older adults, and is the Clinical Lead of the Australian Dementia Network's Clinical Quality Registry, through her role as Senior Research Fellow at UNSW.

Ben Caunt

Clinical Psychologist and Supervisor

Ben works as a clinical psychologist and supervisor at his private practice The Bondi Psychology Clinic. He specialises in providing behavioural and mindfulness-based therapies for adults, young adults, adolescents and families (including CBT, DBT, Schema Therapy, and IPT). Ben offers an approachable and flexible therapy experience.

Ben enjoys surfing, swimming, traveling, meditating and spending time with his family and friends. He seeks to stay connected to what is important to him by deepening his relationships, cultivating self-awareness, and living his life with a sense of purpose and fun. This commitment to building personal well-being reflects the values Ben brings to his psychology practice.

Ben has published research on understanding the meaning and causes of long-term happiness. He has designed and implemented mindfulness, DBT and parenting group programs, and provides Clinical Supervision to other psychologists. Ben is also a certified yoga teacher. Prior to moving into full-time private practice in 2015, Ben worked at the Prince of Wales Hospital Adolescent Service, and Headspace Camperdown.


Discover current and emerging themes that will influence our practice as psychologists, counsellors and psychotherapists in the 21st century. Hear expert academics, authors and clinicians presenting issues that will shape the future of therapy and mental health.

Topic Streams 2019

The conference will focus on 3 key themes throughout the day, with each theme being explored through a combination of presentations, interviews and panel discussions.

  • Current and emerging therapies
  • The rise of technology in therapy and society
  • Therapists tackling local & global issues

Call for Sponsors

We will have a small expo area available outside the conference hall if companies would like to take a small expo booth to promote their business or practice. Please contact for a media kit on what is available.

Who Attends?

We are expecting over 150 delegates/practitioners who want to get a better understanding of current and emerging issues that will shape the future of mental health. The conference will showcase therapy approaches that help clients to tackle a range of long-term and complex issues. We have selected expert academics, authors and clinicians who are devoted and passionate about the issues and therapies they will present. By hearing our experts, we hope practitioners are left inspired and motivated to tackle issues that are important to them in their work and therapy practice.

Previous testimonials from National Counselling Conference 2019 in Singapore

Great set of presentations
Enjoyed the range of topics. It provided key insights into working life of psychotherapy
Inspiring ideas about different approaches to mental health
Brilliant subject matters
Very interesting and well chosen speakers


Wednesday 27th November 2019, Australian National Maritime Museum

8-30am - 9.00am
Session 1
Clinical Psychologist
Ben Caunt
Therapies S1
Panel conversation with Authors Prof Gill Straker and Dr Jacqui Winship
The Talking Cure: Normal people, their hidden struggles and the life changing power of therapy — Exploring key themes for therapists
Therapies S2
Clinical Psychologist and Accredited Schema Therapist
Therapist Dr Andrew Phipps
"What do you need?": The unique contributions of Schema Therapy to psychotherapy practice and training
10.40 am - 11.00am
Morning Tea
Session 2
Clinical Psychologist
Ben Caunt
Brief intro
Technology S1
Clinical Psychologist and Author Dr Danielle Einstein
The Dip: A practical guide to take control of screen addiction and reconnect with your family — From the therapist perspective
Technology S2
Clinical Psychologist and Senior Lecturer Dr Jill Newby
Online and virtual reality treatments to overcome anxiety
Technology S3
Panel conversation with Dr Danielle Einstein and Dr Jill Newby
What does the future hold for therapists and therapies in the age of technology?
12.50pm - 1.40pm
Session 3
Prof Zimbardo Session
Exclusive Video Presentation with Professor Philip Zimbardo
From creating evil in the lab in the Stanford Prison Experiment; to cultivating everyday heroism in the Heroic Imagination Project:
3.20pm - 3.40pm
Afternoon Tea
Session 4
Issues S1
Psychologist and Author
Gunter Swoboda
Making Good Men Great: Surfing the new wave of masculinity - Opening men to therapy and therapy to men
Issues S2
Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist
Dr Bruce Lachter
Addiction as trauma’s shadow — A global crisis
Issues S3
Geriatrician and Senior Research Fellow Dr Stephanie Ward
Intergenerational contact: Bringing benefits to young and old
4.40pm - 5.00pm

*please note that this is a sample agenda only and is subject to change. Keynote speakers and sessions will be confirmed nearer the time.

Event concludes at 17.30


Will the conference improve my practice?

Understanding current and future trends in mental health will help to improve your practice. This conference will introduce you to therapy approaches to help clients dealing with a range of difficulties. Reflect on issues that are fundamental to growing and evolving your therapy practice. With our expert presenters you will be taken on a deep and reflective journey through the issues that will shape your work and career now and in the future.


All tickets will receive the features below.

  • Full day of content featuring at least 4 renowned speakers in the fields of psychology, counselling and psychotherapy
  • Lunch
  • Refreshments and networking
  • Super Early Bird tickets will also receive a Free Psychology in Motion e-magazine

Venue information:

Australian National Maritime Museum


Why not invite a colleague? Group booking discounts are available.


AUD500 AUD450



  • Access to all sessions
  • Buffet Lunch
  • Refreshments and Networking

Contact us to get a special offer when booking 3 or more places:

+02 9901 6334
Joanne Ross

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