2017 Australian Psychologists and Counsellors in Schools Conference

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Keynote and Plenary Speakers














Dr Helen Kambouridis
Senior Psychologist, Royal Children's Hospital, Gatehouse Centre.


Helen is the senior psychologist at The Gatehouse Centre (for the Assessment & Treatment of Child Abuse), Royal Children’s Hospital.  Helen has worked in the education sector as a secondary teacher, and as a psychologist in the disability and child abuse sectors.  She has been at The Gatehouse Centre for 22 years where she works with children, young people and families who have been affected by child sexual abuse and/or problem sexual behaviours.  This work has often involved close collaboration with schools and other agencies and services within a child or young person’s network.

Helen’s work is informed by a number of frameworks including attachment, neuroscience and family systems.  She is a Counselling Psychologist, with a small private practice, who also teaches at a tertiary level and provides supervision to registered psychologists.

Helen completed her PhD in 2014, which developed principles of practice for therapists in the sexual assault sector working with families who have experienced sibling sexual abuse. 

Keynote Address: Making Sense of Sibling Sexual Abuse and Supporting Young People Caught Up in the Aftermath (Without Getting Caught Up In It Too).

Sibling sexual abuse (SSA) is 3-5 times more likely to occur than father-daughter sexual abuse and often more extensive, coercive and violent. The shame, guilt, anger and ambivalence that are experienced can be overwhelming, and with words unable to convey the impact, behaviour becomes the only way to express distress.  Children and young people need the support and understanding of the adults in their lives to make sense of this distress and find a way off the roller coaster so they can get back to the business of development.

















Professor Marilyn Anne Campbell, PhD, M.Ed.St., Grad Dip Psych, B.Ed., Grad Dip Ed., BA.
Faculty of Education, Queensland University of Technology


Dr Marilyn Campbell is a professor in the school of Cultural and Professional Learning, Faculty of Education at Queensland University of Technology. She currently lectures in the Masters of Education program preparing teachers for school counselling and in the Masters of Educational and Developmental Psychology preparing psychologists to work in a range of educational and developmental positions.

Marilyn has worked as a teacher and psychologist in early childhood and primary and secondary schools. She has also been a teacher-librarian, school counsellor and supervisor of school counsellors.

Her research interests are in behavioural and emotional problems in children and adolescents. Her recent work has included research into anxiety prevention and the effects of bullying and especially cyberbullying in schools. She has authored over 100 publications, is the recipient of a number of professional awards, as well as over a million dollars in grants. She is a practising psychologist and psychology supervisor. She is the author of the Worrybusters series of books for anxious children.

Keynote Address: Get Me Out Of Here!: Why Bullying And Anxiety Can Lead To Disengagement From Schooling.

Many students who disengage from schooling are victimised by peers and/or have mental health issues such as anxiety. These students are often not recognised as having difficulties because of the often invisible nature of their problems. They do not seek help because of fear and embarrassment. School psychologists and counsellors therefore need to instigate a whole school identification process and work to influence the school system for the well-being of all students.
















Associate Professor Tim Corcoran

Academic Director, Professional Learning, School of Education, Deakin University


Tim Corcoran is Associate Professor and Academic Director for Professional Learning, School of Education, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.  He has extensive experience in educational psychology as a school psychologist and researcher/academic.  His work has involved teaching, research and professional practice in Australia, the UK, Singapore and Iraq.  He edited Psychology in education: Critical theory~practice (2014, Sense Publishers), an international collection of contributions examining critical approaches to educational psychology.  More recently he co-edited Disability studies: Educating for inclusion (2015, Sense Publishers), Joint action: Essays in honour of John Shotter (2016, Routledge) and Critical Educational Psychology (2017, Wiley).

Keynote Address: Critical Educational Psychology: Something Old, Something New

Educational psychology, however well-intentioned, provides the technical means and systems to position individuals as defective, deviant or as a member of a transgressive category, for example, as a disability or in special need. Critical psychology assists those in education to think carefully about ways in which our work marks, values, pathologises or expands humanity. Based on work appearing in his new co-edited book Critical Educational Psychology (http://au.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118975944.html), this address details how practitioners might create more hopeful forms of social activity, re-envisage educational psychology’s scientific credentials and move to preferred ways of engaging with an emerging 21st Century populace.

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