“The Heart of Psychology: Our people, our land, our future”

“Te Pū o te Whatumanawa: ko te iwi, ko te whenua, ko te anamata” 

Sunday 12th and Monday 13th May

Quality Hotel Parnell , Auckland


Keynote Speakers:

  • Shaystah Dean, Zeenah Adams & Aamina Ali: After March 15th
  • Robert Muller: Helping Challenging Trauma Clients to Open Up:  What have we learned?
  • Ainsleigh Cribb-Su'a: Toitū te whenua, ngarongaro atu te tangata! When lost is my last grain of sand, what remains?  Te toto, i runga i te whenua.

This was followed by a one-day post conference workshop on Tuesday 14th May, presented by Robert Muller, entitled “The Relationship is Your Most Powerful Tool (& Biggest Pitfall):  Relational Strategies to Treat Challenging Trauma Clients.” 

Robert T. Muller, Ph.D. trained at Harvard, was on faculty at the University of Massachusetts, and is currently at York University in Toronto. Dr. Muller is a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation (ISSTD) for his work on trauma treatment. His new book is "Trauma & the Struggle to Open Up." And his bestseller, "Trauma & the Avoidant Client," has been translated widely, and won the 2011 ISSTD award for the year's best written work on trauma. As lead investigator on several multi-site programs to treat interpersonal trauma, Dr. Muller has lectured internationally (Australia, UK, Europe, USA), and has been keynote speaker at mental health conferences in New Zealand and Canada. He founded an online magazine, "The Trauma & Mental Health Report," that is now visited by over 100,000 readers a year. With over 25 years in the field, he practices in Toronto. 

 Zeenah Adam is a registered clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist based in Wellington. Having also completed her Master's in Cross-Cultural Psychology, she has a particular interest in multiculturalism and cross-cultural clinical practice, and is a trained facilitator of intercultural competency workshops. She has a long history as a community worker and has worked with many vulnerable populations including children, youth, women, refugees and migrants. She is currently providing clinical and neuropsychological services with ACC clients as well as offering community resilience-building initiatives with the Muslim community. 

 Aamina Ali is a registered intern clinical psychologist from the University of Auckland who is in the final stages of her Doctorate degree. She is currently employed at a child and adolescent mental health service based in Auckland and is passionate about her work with young people, having co-published research on youth suicide, and currently completing her thesis on Kiwi Muslim youth.  She is also passionate about working at a community level, having co-facilitated nation wide mental health awareness workshops targeted at minority communities. 

Dr Shaystah Dean is a clinical psychologist and research fellow based in Wellington. She completed her clinical training at The University of Canterbury in 2011 and obtained her PhD from the University of Otago Wellington School of Medicine in 2018. The latter involved a randomised clinical trial supporting the use of motivational interviewing for engaging adolescents in mental health treatment. Her research interests also include cognitive behaviour therapy, trauma intervention, and adolescent mental health. The current focus of her community work is on initiatives for youth of Muslim faith. 

 Shaystah, Aamina and Zeenah, along with Afiya Ali, are co-founders of the NZ Muslim Psychologist Collective, an initiative set up in the wake of the Christchurch terror attacks. They are involved in relief efforts both in Christchurch and more broadly across New Zealand.

Dr. Ainsleigh Cribb-Su’a (Ngāti Maniapoto Ngāti Kauwhata, Ngāti Tamaterā) is a Clinical Psychologist based in Auckland.  Whilst she completed her Doctorate in Clinical Neuropsychology her formative clinical years where spent working in South Auckland with children and adolescents in kaupapa Māori contexts.  Whilst Ainsleigh has progressed into senior management and executive roles, she has maintained research interests in tamariki and rangatahi mental health prevention, intervention and resilience.  She has particular interest in rangatahi mental health innovations such as e-health and the incorporation of traditional mātauranga Māori into practise.  Ainsleigh holds a governance portfolio across NGO and Ministerial sectors.


Fiona Howard: Well at work: The challenge of maintaining self-care and building resilience

Fiona is a clinical psychologist and Senior Tutor in the Doctoral Programme of Clinical Psychology at the University of Auckland. She also works part-time in private practice. Fiona’s expertise and interests lies in areas such as adult mental health, addiction, health professional self-care and well-being, resilience, positive psychology and professional supervision.



Sarah Calvert: New challenging  but rewarding (including  financially rewarding) work opportunities for psychologists- come and hear about the Family Court as an area of work

Sarah Calvert.PhD. Clinical Psychologist. Distinguished  Alumni Award Waikato University, 2018, Fellow of NZPsS.   Sarah has expertise in working with women and children which has  been drawn on by government, community and academic institutions. In particular, Sarah has made significant and consistent contributions  through her involvement with ACC, the Institute of Clinical Psychology, the Ministry of Social Development, and the Ministry of Justice. Sarah's academic accomplishments have also been recognised as contributing to the growth of the profession. Of particular note is Sarah's diligence in her work with the Family Court, providing expert evidence, mentoring, supervision, and training. She is highly regarded for her role as the Chair of the Northern Region Specialist Report Writers group. Sarah has also played a pivotal role in providing education and training to address sexual violence and gender inequities, issues she has championed throughout her career. 

Nettie Cullen: Working with suicide – balancing grit and determination with compassion and self-care

Nettie is an Auckland-based psychologist currently in full-time private practice.  Alongside clinical work she has been active in the area of suicide intervention for the past 20 years delivering workshops to community groups, gate-keeper professions and health practitioners focusing of crisis intervention, continuing follow-up care after a crisis, and bereavement following suicide.  Having worked across a range of settings including community mental health, volunteer & not-for-profit organisations, tertiary education and private practice, she brings a broad range of experience to her work and is particularly interested in the process of an intervention, the power of relationships to facilitate change and therefore the vital importance of self-awareness and self-care on the part of the therapist.  

Melanie Woodfield: Partnering with parents: Are we coach, cheerleader, or comrade-in-arms?

Dr Melanie Woodfield obtained her DClinPsy from the University of Auckland in 2005 and has worked clinically since this time, primarily in child and adolescent mental health services. Alongside this, Melanie is active in teaching, research and supervision. She also enjoys writing, having contributed to OHBaby! parenting magazine since 2008, the Lowdown website, Leaving School magazine, and articles in Next magazine, Stuff and the NZ Herald. She was awarded New Zealand Health Research Council’s Foxley Fellowship in 2018.  

Niki Harré: The Infinite Game  

Niki Harré is a professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Auckland. Her recent research projects have focused on sustainable communities and schools, positive youth development and political activism. Niki is a founding member of the Pt Chevalier Transition Town, cycles to work, learns the guitar from a musician who lives on her street, and has a large organic garden thanks to her husband. In 2007 Niki edited, with Quentin Atkinson, the book Carbon Neutral by 2020: How New Zealanders Can Tackle Climate Change. Her two latest books are The Infinite Game: How to Live Well Together and Psychology for a Better World: Working with People to Save the Planet