Announcing The Inaugural Professor Margot Prior Workshop & Public Lecture

Presented by:
Professor Mark Dadds
University of Sydney

Friday 27th August 2021

Honouring Professor Margot Prior

Margot was  a remarkable person and an outstanding psychologist.  The first woman in Australia appointed to a professorship in clinical psychology (La Trobe University, 1989), she was a trailblazer in the longitudinal research of child temperament and mental health, and the assessment and treatment of autism.  Among her many honours and awards are the Order of Australia (2005), Victoria’s Senior Australian of the Year (2006), Fellowship of the Academy of Social Sciences and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR; 2018). Her contributions to clinical psychology include her roles as a teacher and mentor for so many and remains an inspiring female role model for us all.

Friday, 27th August 2021

The Treacy Conference Centre,
126 The Avenue, Parkville  Vic 3052

Workshop:   1.00pm to 5:00pm
Beyond the manual: How to do child and family therapy really well!

Lecture:  6:00pm to 7:30pm
What is it to discipline a child; what should it be? An analysis of Time-out through the lens of attachment, trauma, and child mental health. 

Professor  Mark Dadds, University of Sydney

Mark Dadds is a  clinical psychologist, Principal Research Fellow of the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia, and Professor of Psychology at the University of Sydney Australia. He is Director of Growing Minds Australia, the national clinical trials network in child and youth mental health, and the Child Behaviour Research Clinic which develops state-of-the-art treatments for children and adolescents with behavioural and emotional problems. He has developed and directed several national intervention programs for children, youth, and their families at risk for mental health problems. His expertise and interests focus on child and family mental health, parenting and family processes, prevention and early intervention for antisocial behaviour and mental health disorders.


Workshop 1.00-5.00pm

Beyond the manual: How to do child and family therapy really well!

A range of family intervention techniques can promote positive change in children with conduct problems and their families, however, engaging such families can be difficult, drop rates are high, and change can be hard to achieve when the parent’s own issues dominate. This workshop will focus on strategies that can be used to maximize parental engagement, reduce drop-out, and facilitate positive change, in difficult families. First principals theories and a process model of consultation will be presented that is utilizable across a range of child and family problems. The structure of the workshop will be:

  1. Theoretical tools: Behavioural, attachment, structural, and cognitive tools.
  2. Assessing the causes of child and family problems: didactic presentation of content advances and a process model for family therapy and empowerment.
  3. Therapy Process: work through the process phases using a videotaped example of a family in therapy. Structured but playful behaviour rehearsals will be used for skill development. Participants should emerge with a refreshing perspective on successfully working with families seeking help with child behavioural and emotional problems.

Lecture 6.00-7.30pm

What is it to discipline a child; what should it be? An analysis of Time-out through the lens of attachment, trauma, and child mental health.

Time-out is now the second most common parental discipline strategy in the western world. Positive parenting programs usually employ time-out in the context of enhancing positive parent-child relationships and improving behaviour. But time-out is also enacted wrongly, misunderstood, and attracts criticism from those who fear it threatens attachment bonds especially in children who have been traumatised. What are the facts? How should we think about discipline, attachment and trauma in the context of child mental health? In this talk I will take these issues head on.

Event Costs:

ACPA Members   $200
ACPA Student & Associate Members  $100
Non-Members   $250
Drinks and refreshments provided

Lecture:   FREE

Getting there
On weekdays between 7:30am and 6:30pm, up to 11-hour metre parking on The Avenue (park side) and Walker Street at $0.80 per hour. Also limited parking on Royal Parade and at the Zoo car park located closest to The Avenue, situated on Elliot Avenue at $2.00 for 5 hours
Tram 19 from Elizabeth Street to Walker Street (stop 16)
Upfield Line to Royal Park Station, running from all city stations, at 20

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