2024 APS College of Counselling Psychologists Conference

Psychotherapy Across the Lifespan - Complexity & Connection

26 - 27 July 2024 I Sea World Resort and Conference Centre, GOLD COAST

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26 - 27 July 2024 | Gold Coast, Queensland


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Dolores Mosquera

Dolores Mosquera is a psychologist specializing in complex trauma, personality disorders, and dissociation. She is the director of the Institute for the Study of Trauma and Personality Disorders in Spain. Dolores has extensive teaching internationally. She has published several books, book chapters and articles trauma-related disorders. Dolores received the David Servan-Schreiber award for outstanding contributions to the EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) field in 2017, was made Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation in 2018, for her contributions to the trauma and dissociation field, and received the MAM10 Prix David Servan-Schreiber award in 2021 to a foreign researcher who has made a notable international contribution, having advanced research in the field of EMDR. In 2022 Dolores received the award Professional of the Year in the category of Psychology for the trajectory and significant contributions in dignifying the profession (psychology).



Dr Lou Cooper (she/they) is a Counselling Psychologist and Emotion Focused Therapist, Supervisor and Lead Trainer at the Australian Institute of Emotion Focused Therapy (AIEFT) based in Naarm/Melbourne. .Lou is an active and accredited member of the International Society of Emotion Focused Therapy (ISEFT). They present and facilitate in Australia and overseas on EFT and LGBTQ+ inclusive practice. Lou is the host of the Emotion Focused Podcast and appears regularly as a guest on ABC Radio talking about emotions.

Tanja Hirvonen

A proud Jaru, Bunuba and Wakaya woman (Kimberley, Western Australia), born and raised on the lands of the Kalkadoon people – Mount Isa, Queensland. Tanja is a clinical psychologist and mid-career researcher with expertise in mental health, social and emotional wellbeing, suicide prevention and working with persons impacted by trauma, and workplaces who are bringing cultural and clinical knowledges together. She brings a combination of academic research, corporate expertise and clinical experience working with remote, regional communities and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of knowing, being and doing to her Board roles at Thirrili, the Australian Indigenous Psychologist Association and the Black Dog Institute. She is an advocate for increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional wellbeing practitioners in Australia, as well as for upskilling mainstream organisations with an understanding of how to provide culturally appropriate social and emotional wellbeing care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and individuals.

Tanja is the Director of Wellbeing for ABSTARR Consulting and supported (with a team) the development of and leads an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander EAP service . She has contributed to the development and delivery of culturally appropriate training and interventions for people impacted by systemic racism and trauma for the Aboriginal Medical Service Alliance Northern Territory (AMSANT), and worked with Centre for Remote Health (CRH) as the mental health academic for several years. Tanja is a member of several research projects and is also a member of the Healing the Past, Nurturing the Future research team at the University of Melbourne and supports research for The Centre of Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention (CBPATSISP).

Lawrence Moloney

Lawrie graduated from Edinburgh University, was employed as a probationary psychologist at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital and then returned to Australia to study clinical psychology. After completing a clinical psychology degree, he worked at Bouverie Clinic before joining the Family Court of Australia and becoming Victorian Director of Family Court Counselling. Lawrie then spent three years in student services at Swinburne before joining La Trobe University as a lecturer in counselling psychology, where he became Head of the Department of Counselling and Psychotherapy. He left La Trobe after 20 years for a position as Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Institute of Family Studies. Lawrie has published widely and has a special interest in policies and processes that promote child and family welfare in the context of parental separation. He has also had a long-standing interest in research into what ‘works’ in counselling and psychotherapy.

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Thursday 25 July 9:00am - 4:00pm | Pre Conference Workshop

Friday 26 July 8:30am - 6:30pm | Saturday 27 July 8:30am - 5:00pm

Pre Conference Workshop - Changing Tracks

Unlock the potential of every child with Changing Tracks, a manualised cognitive behavioural program designed to equip children and teens with the skills to navigate an ever-changing world. 

The Pre-Conference workshop is free for conference attendees, but places are very limited, so secure your spot now! 

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***All prices listed above are in AUD and include Australian Goods and Services Tax (GST)

Attendee Terms and Conditions

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In-person registration includes access to the both the in-person program at SeaWorld Resort and Conference Centre, Gold Coast, Friday 26 July- Saturday 27 July 2024, AND access to recorded presentations which will be made available to view on-demand via the online platform in the weeks following the Conference.  Catering inclusions I Morning tea, afternoon tea and lunch each day of the Conference (Friday 26 July - Saturday 27 July 2024)  Social events I One (1) complimentary ticket to the Welcome Reception (Friday 26 July 2024). Additional guest tickets may be purchased via the registration form at the cost of AUD$110 per ticket.

Digital registrations are available and will provide access to recorded presentations which will be made available to view on-demand via the online platform in the weeks following the Conference. Due to the nature of their content, any workshop sessions will not be recorded.

APS Counselling College Member - Digital$440
APS Member - Digital$525
APS Student Member - Digital$265
Non Member - Digital$615
Student Non Member - Digital$330

All prices are in Australian Dollars and inclusive of GST.



The 2024 conference will be held at the Sea World Resort and Conference Centre on Queensland's sunny Gold Coast.


APS has secured special conference rates at several hotels on the Gold Coast, all within a few minutes walk of the conference venue.


The Gold Coast shines with its beaches, neighbourhoods, cuisine, theme parks, and lush hinterland for rainforest hikes and waterfalls.

Sponsorship and Exhibition

Showcase your brand, and connect with a thriving community of over 27,000 psychology professionals.

As an sponsor or exhibitor at an APS conference, you'll be aligning your brand with Australia's peak body for Psychology, along with embracing the opportunity to share your innovations, products, and services with key decision makers and psychologists at all stages of their career journey.

Demonstrate your support for the role psychology, and psychologists play in supporting our communities to have positive mental health, elevate your brand presence, and be a part of advancing the field of psychology!


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The APS conference and events team is dedicated to ensuring that all participants have a pleasant and enriching conference experience. As a collective, our team boasts over seven decades of experience in the business events industry, and we are delighted to be of assistance whenever needed.

Claire Amor-Haynes
Event Lead I Event Executive

Jamie Bligh
National Conference and Events Manager 

Christie-Anne Williams
Event Executive 

Paula Rowntree
Head of External Engagement Conferences and Events 

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Australian Psychological Society 

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