The trauma event of 2021

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Members’ choice symposium: Unpacking the complexity of trauma

Streaming live and virtual / 3-4 September 2021

APS members spoke, and we listened, and now we’re thrilled to present ‘Unpacking trauma’ – the first APS Members’ choice symposium.

Hear from keynote presenters including Dr Zac Seidler (Movember), Prof David Forbes (Phoenix Australia), and sharing her lived experience, Dr Gill Hicks – a session not to be missed.

Over the two days, our expert presenters, researchers and panellists will unpack the latest research and share high quality, best-practice approaches for the treatment of different types of trauma.

Unpacking trauma is a CPD event for all psychologists, researchers, mental health professionals, and health care providers who want to learn, develop and expand their knowledge and skills on the complexities of trauma.

Discover the program today. Join us Friday 3- Saturday 4 September 2021. We can’t wait to see you there.

Why attend?

At the end of the event, you will be equipped with the latest evidence and theoretical applications to enhance your understanding and practice across a range of trauma-related areas. This includes PTSD, perinatal trauma, vicarious trauma and resilience, trauma among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, exposure therapy and so much more.

Learn from the best

International and local presenters hand selected by your peers.

Connect and engage

Reconnect, expand your network and participate in live Q&As.

A priority topic

Take an in-depth dive into trauma – the topic APS members tell us is most compelling to them.

CPD hours

Earn up to 18 CPD points while you watch live or view recordings later at your own pace.

What you will take away

Identify best-practice approaches for treatment of different types of trauma

Apply principles of trauma-informed care to practice

Incorporate latest trauma research into formulation and treatment practices

Recognise new and emerging treatment approaches

Continue to develop cultural and linguistic competency in trauma treatment services

The program

Immerse yourself in two days teeming with educational topics. Each day features a variety of interactive presentations, created to enhance your understanding and practice.

DAY 1 – Friday 3 September

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

In conversation with Dr Gill Hicks 

2:20 PM – 3:20 PM

Keynote address by Dr Zac Seidler

3:25 PM – 4:10 PM

Stream 1

Trauma and PTSD in psychosis, exploring mechanisms and latest treatment approaches

PTSD: Controversies, challenges and innovations

Vicarious trauma and vicarious resilience: What do we know?

Perinatal PTSD: Traumatic birth and more. Research and Intervention

4:15 PM – 5:00 PM

Stream 2

Prevention of workplace psychological injury: Research evidence and best practice guidelines

Schema therapy and the treatment of complex trauma

Trauma-focussed therapy for PTSD and Complex PTSD

EMDR: Latest research and future direction

5:10 PM – 6:10 PM

Panel discussion exploring Support and services

DAY 2 – Saturday 4 September

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Keynote address by Prof David Forbes

12:20 PM – 1:05 PM

Stream 3

Understanding intergenerational trauma: And how do we heal?

Traumatic experience in disasters: The role of community in recovery from disaster

Trauma: Does it have to be a life sentence? Neuroplasticity considerations

Treatment of co-occurring PTSD and substance use disorder: Translating evidence into practice

1:10 PM – 1:55 PM

Stream 4

Trauma informed practice: Creating healing systems

Assessing and treating angry PTSD

Refugees, post-traumatic responses and their treatment. Business as usual?

Trauma – Do you know your best defence?

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Panel discussion exploring Is exposure therapy always required?

3:05 PM – 4:05 PM

Presentation by A/Prof Richard Rose

4:10 PM – 4:25 PM

Closing address

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM


Join live for panel discussions, stimulating sessions and so much more 

All times listed are in Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)



Australia’s leading researchers and presenters will share their knowledge, research and skills on the many fields of trauma you may encounter across your professional journey.

Dr Zac Seidler

Director of Mental Health Training, Movember

Prof David Forbes

Director of Phoenix Australia

Mr Guy Coffey

Clinical psychologist

Mr Christopher Hayes

Clinical psychologist

A/Prof Richard Rose


Dr Gill Hicks

Professional speaker

Prof Mark Creamer

University of Melbourne

A/Prof Sarah Bendall

Clinical psychologist

A/Prof Nicole Sadler

Head Policy and Practice

Dr Sarah Dominguez

Clinical Psychologist

Dr Tony McHugh

University of Melbourne

Dr Emma Symes

Clinical Psychologist, CCP

Mrs Lilia Szarski

Relationships Australia

Dr Erin Holloway

Clinical Psychologist

Mrs Alexina Baldini


Dr Rob Gordon

Private practice

Miss Tanja Hirvonen

Clinical Psychologist

Dr Darryl Wade

Director, Darryl Wade Psychology

Presentation formats

In-practice session

In-practice sessions focus on translating evidence into practice to effectively meet the needs of trauma-exposed clients.

In-theory session

In-theory sessions focus on disseminating current and emerging evidence that can inform evidence-based approaches to understanding, assessing and treating trauma-related problems and diagnoses.

Panel discussion

Thought-provoking and well-rounded extended discussion of contemporary issues relevant to psychologists provided by a panel of presenters.

Virtual event registration

APS members have told us trauma is a vital topic. This virtual symposium features keynote presenters answering your questions live and post-event, and you’ll be able to access them on the day or catch up on what you missed via the virtual library afterwards.
  • Non-member

  • 2 day registration
  • $ 420
  • APS/NZPS member

  • 2 day registration
  • $ 280
  • APS student member

  • 2 day registration
  • $ 140

Or 1 day registration (Friday or Saturday only). Non-member $220.50, APS member $147, APS student member $73.50.
NZPS member rate is the same as the APS member rate.

Registrations are closed.

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Symposium FAQs

What are my payment options?

Payment can be made in the following methods: 

  • Credit card: Visa, Mastercard & AMEX are accepted. 
  • Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT): The bank details for EFT payments will be supplied on the invoice generated at the completion of your online registration. Please include the reference number in your transaction and forward your remittance advice to [email protected]. 
  • Cheque: The cheque instructions will be supplied on the invoice generated at the completion of your online registration.  

Please note if your registration is made less than two weeks prior to the event the only payment option available will be credit card.

Registration cannot be confirmed until payment is received. 

Symposium terms and conditions

Registration cancellation policy 
All cancellations must be provided in writing to the Conference Organisers via [email protected] The Conference Organisers reserve the right to alter, amend or cancel all or any of the arrangements contained in the program. Cancellations terms: 

  • 7 days or less prior to the first day of the event will forfeit 100% of the registration fee.  
  • A substitute attendee may be nominated to attend the symposium. If the substitute attendee is not an APS member, the standard registration fee will apply. 

Intention to photograph/record 
By registering to attend this conference, you grant the APS permission to photograph/video record you during the event activities to support promotion, publicity and reporting this event, future conferences and APS activities. If you have any objection to being photographed or filmed during the event, please advise the Conference Organisers via [email protected]. 

What are the event CPD hours?

The CPD requirements for psychologists are determined by the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA). Registered psychologists are required to complete a set number of continuing professional development hours as a requirement of ongoing registration. 

It is up to individual psychologists to assess how CPD events meet the requirements of their individual learning plan. If audited by the PsyBA, psychologists must be able to justify selection of particular CPD activities according to their individual learning needs.   

 As an example, if you watched all presentations within one stream for the two days, you could calculate it as 7 hours of CPD hours.  

As another example, if you watched all presentations available across the two days and four streams, you could calculate it as 18 hours of CPD hours.  

A certificate of attendance will be made available through the APS member dashboard. If you are not a member of the APS you will receive your certificate via email attachment.  

Are presentations recorded?

Yes, all presentations will be recorded and available to watch at any time through the virtual event platform, until Monday 6 December 2021 (three months after the event). You will only have access to the recordings on the day(s) you have registered for.

Technical FAQs

How do I use the virtual platform?

Take a virtual venue tour before the event by watching this short guided video. This video demonstrates how to navigate the platform, what you should expect, and how to access all the areas so you can get the most from your registration. Watch via

How do I access my login details?

Login details to the virtual event platform will be sent to the email address provided during registration late on Monday 30 August 2021. Should you have any trouble locating the link or your login details, please email us on [email protected]. 

When will I have access to the virtual event platform?

All registered attendees will receive an email notification with their personalised login details late on Monday 30 August, giving attendees the opportunity to login, update their profile and familiarise themselves with the virtual event platform. 

After the event you will have access to watch presentation recordings at any time through the same session location, until the Monday 6 December 2021. You will only have access to the recordings on the day(s) you have registered for. 

Can I share my login details with other people?

No, each registered attendee will receive a link to the virtual event platform that is uniquely tied to their registration, and cannot be opened on multiple devices at the same time. 

Do I need to download any programs to participate?

No. Our virtual platform is browser based. For the best viewing experience, we recommend that you join the conference using the internet browser Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge. 

What if I encounter technical issues during the event?

If you have managed to login, you can contact Live Support using the icon in the top right corner. 

Otherwise, you can contact us using the below details. 

P: +61 3 8662 6672
E: [email protected] 

How do I access the presentation slides?

If presentation slides have been made available by the presenter, they will be under the presentation within the virtual event platform. You can find the slides within the presentation session under the tab “presentation resources” on the right-hand side. 

You can review the presentation slides at any time through the same session location, until Monday 6 December 2021. You will only have access to the slides on the day(s) you have registered for. 

Will I be able to move from session to session during the event?

Yes, you will be able to move from session to session similar to as you would during a face-to-face event. 

Do sessions have limited capacity?

No, there are no upper limits to the number of attendees who can join a session, so you don’t have to worry about missing out! 

Can I record a presentation or use images/video/slides in my work?

No, all presentations are protected by copyright and are not to be recorded, shared, or duplicated in any way. The content of each presentation is the intellectual property of the presenter, including their slide presentations and other materials. 

About the organiser

The APS is thrilled to present Unpacking trauma’ – the first APS Members’ Choice Symposium.  

We are the peak body for psychologists in Australia and represent over 27,000 members. We advocate for the profession of psychology, support high standards, promote community wellbeing, and are dedicated to providing benefits to support members. We have nearly 200 active member groups spread across Australia, including nine representing specialty areas in psychology, and 47 in a wide range of special areas.

The APS wishes to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands across Australia on which our Symposium presenters, participants and staff are located, and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. 

Live support 

We are here to assist you during the event and can be contacted on the details below: 

Phone: +61 3 7035 8750

Email: [email protected]

Event support hours  

Friday 3 September: 8.45am – 6.00pm

Saturday 4 September: 10.00am – 5.00pm

Presenting Supporter       Major sponsor 

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