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The 13th Trans-Tasman Community Psychology Conference

April 20, 2017 @ 8:00 am - April 22, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

The specific focus of the conference is to revisit the critical foundations of community psychology to promote critical reflexivity and identify opportunities for change. The theme of ‘critical conversations’ plays on the definitions of the term ‘critical’ in that the issues we discuss are urgent (time critical) as well as critical in the sense of looking at them through an alternative lens. Presentations include Indigenous sovereignty, multiculturalism and global migration, working with marginalised young people, climate change, gender identity, social determinants of health, psychology and neoliberalism, is community psychology really critical?…

The program will include a range of formats in addition to the standard individual papers, keynotes and symposia – roundtables, nuts & bolts practice sessions – and some creativity across the board.

  • Thursday 20 April, 10am – 5pm Agency Tour

An optional tour of several Melbourne agencies, art installations and cultural centres, culminating in a not-to-be-missed Koori Heritage Trust walking tour. If you wish to attend, please register for Event number 17358 by clicking here

  • Thursday 20 April, 5.30 – 7.30pm Welcome Reception

A Welcome reception for all conference participants, with a special presentation from Associate Professor Christopher Sonn, Victoria University. Please indicate your attendance when registering for this conference.

  • Friday 21 April, 6.30 – 9.30pm, Conference Dinner

An optional dinner, providing the opportunity for guests to network with friends and colleagues in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. If you wish to attend, please register for Event number 17360 by clicking here

Learning Outcomes

Upon attendance of this conference, participants will have:

  • Engaged in critical conversations in relation to research in community psychology
  • Engaged in critical conversations about current practice issues in community psychology
  • Learned about new initiatives in community psychology-related work with individuals, families, groups and communities in areas such as climate change, sexuality, cultural and gender safety, mental health, disability, colonisation, and the social determinants of health
  • Developed new theoretical and practical knowledge on key topics relevant to community psychology such as neoliberalism, marginalisation, pornography, cybersafety, respectful relationships, family violence, sexual orientation and gender identity, media representations and social justice.

About the presenter(s)

Keynote speakers will be Professor Nicola Gavey and Professor Dennis McDermott

Nicola is a Professor at the University of Auckland. She has wide-ranging interests within a critical psychology of gender. The central focus of her research has been understanding and challenging the ways that normative cultural values and practices support rape and sexual coercion. Her current work looks at the place of pornography within the ‘cultural scaffolding of rape’, and the ways in which critical engagement with the misogyny, sexism and racism within it is defused through the rhetoric of (neo)liberalism and postfeminism.

Dennis is the Director of the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health and Well-Being, at Flinders University Adelaide. He is also the Associate Head of Faculty, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health within the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. Dennis is a psychologist, academic and poet. A Koori man, his mother’s family are from Gadigal land (inner Sydney) with connections to Gamilaroi country (north-west NSW).


Please note registration closes: Monday, 17 April 2017 – please contact the organiser after this time

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April 20, 2017 @ 8:00 am
April 22, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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Uniting Church Centre for Theology and Ministry
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Victoria, Australia
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