Tuesday, 5 November 2013

2013 Professional Psychology Day

Presented by Hunter New England (HNE) Health and the University of Newcastle's School of Psychology, the Professional Psychology Day at the University's Callaghan campus is the biggest meeting of local psychologists in the Hunter.

Psychologists from HNE Health, private practice and the University will come together on 15 November to attend workshops presented by representatives from allied health and medical disciplines, as well as listen to keynote speakers including Professor Judy Atkinson.

The thematic focus of this year's event is Aboriginal psychology and Aboriginal Health related issues. Professor Atkinson has focused her community and academic life working in the field of violence, trauma and healing. Her academic contributions to the understanding of trauma related issues stemming from the violence of colonisation and the healing/recovery of Indigenous peoples from such trauma has won her the Carrick Neville Bonner Award in 2006 for her curriculum development and innovative teaching practice.

The 2013 Professional Psychology Day showcases the great talent of psychologists in the local area, and demonstrates the varied areas of clinical practice. It aims to help improve psychologists' knowledge and skills to enable them to better assess and treat clients, with the subtheme 'promoting clinical excellence and culturally respective practices' covering essential areas of psychology practice.

The day also provides University of Newcastle psychology students with an opportunity to connect with the professionals at the forefront of psychology service provision.

For more information about the 2013 Professional Psychology Day, please contact:

Dr Stefania Paolini (School of Psychology, University of Newcastle)

Mary Watson (Senior Clinical Psychologist, Child Adolescent Mental Health Service)

A/Prof. Tanya Hanstock (Senior Clinical Psychologist, Child & Family Health Service) Tanya.Hanstock@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au