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About the event


The Organising Committee is pleased to advise that the Faculty of Psychotherapy Conference 2017 will be held at Ayers Rock Resort in Uluru from Friday 15 September to Sunday 17 September 2017.  

I come from the desert
east of the rabbit-proof
sunstroked for miles
those distances you never get them
out of your system from then
everything else seems banal
From “The Desert Song”, Dorothy Hewett, 2001.

"The 'heart beat' of therapy is a process of learning how to go on becoming a person together with others. That learning never ends". Robert F. Hobson. 1985.Forms of Feeling: The Heart of Psychotherapy: p.xii

THE HEART OF THE MATTER: Deep listening, Dreaming and Joining the Dance.

Uluru takes us to the heart of Australia, the majestic centre of a vast desert land. There, the Faculty of Psychotherapy, in this unique location, wishes to immerse itself in a conversation about indigenous experience and mental health. This is a journey to reach out, but also to reach in, to the beating heart of psychotherapy and reflect on our practices of healing mind and selves in relationship.

We wish to discover something of the Culture and the lived experience of Indigenous Australians. We also acknowledge the darker heart of Australia’s history of colonization and the trauma that has marred the heart of our beautiful nation and harmed its people. Australians need to heal and be healed and be part of ongoing reconciliation and recovery in our communities. As psychiatrists we want to understand the special challenges ahead and the special skills needed as we seek to respond appropriately, sensitively and collaboratively to the challenges of reconciliation and recovery. We acknowledge that our New Zealand members will have things to share about the processes of collaboration and healing in their peoples and communities. Deep listening will facilitate our understanding as we work to reduce marginalisation and assist everyone to join in the dance of life in Australia.

Our keynote speaker, Pamela Nathan is a forensic and clinical psychologist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice in Melbourne. She previously worked as a sociologist in Central Australian Aboriginal communities and has worked at the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service. She has seen firsthand the deep trauma in Aboriginal communities and written extensively on this. A recently released film depicting some of this material will be shown at the conference.

Also giving a plenary address is Professor Patricia Dudgeon, Australia’s first Indigenous psychologist, from the Bardi people in the Kimberley. She is Professor at the School of Indigenous Studies, University of Western Australia.

We have several invited speakers as well as the usual mix of free papers, social and recreational activities, including a conference dinner under the stars.

We look forward to the unique experience of Uluru where we might open our hearts and minds to each other with the heart of Australia to help us.

The organising committee are currently working on a dynamic and exciting program which will be released shortly. 

Ilana Nayman, Conference Convenor
Loyola Maclean, Conference Co-convenor


Contact details
For more information, please email the conference office

Friday 15 to Sunday 17 September 2017
Ayers Rock Resort, Uluru, NT