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Transitioning to the ‘Third Wave’ Behaviour Therapies and their Relevance to Self-Care and Resiliency.

A/Professor Ken Pakenham

The transition to the ‘third wave’ behaviour therapies will be explored mainly with respect to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). A broad review and commentary on the current research status of ACT will be presented with emphasis on achievements and innovations relative to Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy.

Progress and barriers to the dissemination and uptake of ACT will be explored with a case example of the application of ACT in a telephone-based intervention for people with colorectal cancer. Training in ACT in postgraduate clinical psychology programs will be discussed with particular reference to a local trial. Finally, data will be presented that supports the relevance of ACT for enhancing self-care and resiliency.

35th AACBT National Conference
Innovations in Self-Care and Resilience: Promoting Empowerment
and Well Being.
17 - 19 October 2012, Sanctuary Cove, Queensland, Australia.
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A/Professor Ken Pakenham

Dr Pakenham is an Associate Professor of Clinical and Health Psychology in the School of Psychology at The University of Queensland. His career in clinical practice and research spans over 30 years. Dr Pakenham has worked as a senior practitioner in both public and private sectors. He has published over 100 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters and there are more than twelve hundred citations of his work in international journals. He has received over two million dollars in research funding. He was a senior member of a clinical teaching team that won several teaching awards for innovative clinical competencies assessments. Dr Pakenham has supervised 10 PhD graduates, 10 Clinical Doctoral theses, 20 Masters of Clinical Psychology theses, and over 30 honours theses. Dr Pakenham served on the Psychologists Board of Queensland for over 10 years and for much of this time he was Chair of the Board’s Registration, Supervision and Training Committee. He also served as Director of The University Psychology Clinic for 7 years and Honours Convenor for 3 years. He is a member of the APS Colleges of Clinical Psychologists and Health Psychologists.

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