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Board Level Blog: Autumn

Greetings everyone and welcome to the Autumn Board Level blog.

I would like to acknowledge the Darug and Guringai peoples who are the Traditional Custodians of the Land on which I live, and I pay my respects to their Ancestors and Elders, past, present and emerging.

As I write this post, our colleagues in Victoria are enduring yet another lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. While other states have experienced short and sharp lockdowns over the past few months, Victorians are reminded of the gruelling 4-month lockdown they endured last winter, and this hits particularly hard. We are holding you all in our thoughts and hearts – let’s hope this is over quickly.

2021 ACBS Virtual World Conference

The ACBS Virtual World Conference is on 24-27June with Pre-Conference Intensive Workshops scheduled for 12-13 June. The time difference is more favourable for us in Australia and New Zealand than last year, so it’s a great opportunity to attend workshops by well known speakers and meet colleagues from around the world.

We are hosting a networking session for ANZ ACBS on Thursday 24th June at 5pm (AEST Melb/Syd time). The link will be in the final programme. Come along and meet colleagues, cup of tea or cocktail in hand. It will be a great way to kick off the conference!!

And if you are up alone in the wee small hours or watching sessions with colleagues, please take a photo and send it to us at

Webinars and Events

In April, Dr Hayley D Quinn presented a webinar on the Foundations of Compassion Focussed Therapy. This was one of our most well attended webinars and the new 90-minute format allowed participants to gain a deeper knowledge of how incorporating CFT into a personal practice can help our own lives and that of our clients. You can still grab tickets to access the webinar here

Our next webinar will be presented by Jodie Wassner in August on ASD and Young People. This will be a must for those of us working with this population and wanting to use a contextual behaviour approach. Stay tuned for further details.

And in late July early August, Brendon Knott will be running 4 x 2 hour workshops on Thinking Functionally in the Therapy Room: Using Functional Analysis to tailor interventions with precision. We are very excited about this workshop series as it offers a different training opportunity for members. Details will be posted on the Facebook page in the coming weeks.

The Webinar and Events Committee is committed to offering workshops and webinars that showcase the skills and knowledge within our community. If you have ideas for future webinars please contact our Webinar Committee Chair, Shelley Viskovich at

Membership and Communications

The Membership and Communications Subcommittee is currently working on a Contributing Author Project. Each month the subcommittee will ask a member from the ANZ ACBS community to write a short article outlining their work for our website blog with links to our social media pages. There are so many members in our community who have written books, authored papers and this is one way we can hear about this important work.

If you are interested in writing a short article or blog post, please contact James at

Action & Advocacy Committee members Clare McLeod and Deb Hart wearing orange for Harmony Day.

Action and Advocacy

The Action and Advocacy Committee has been continuing their work in improving the ability of ANZ ACBS to respond to key issues affecting our communities. In collaboration with James Fowler, our Communications Officer, the committee has developed a social media strategy that is alerting and engaging with members around key issues throughout the year.

ANZ ACBS Book Club

Board members Elizabeth Maher and Andrew Duirs have started a Book Club to crea