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Conference Speakers

Conference Speakers


This year we are delighted to confirm Dr Jenny Jordan, Dr Martin Dorahy, Leona Manna, and  Dr Roz Shafran as speakers at our conference. Below you can find some information on each of our esteemed speakers. 



Dr Jenny Jordan- The Other Cognitive Problem in Depression- Should We Be Utilising Cognitive Remediation in CBT?


Jenny Jordan is a senior research fellow and clinical psychologist in the Clinical Research Unit, a collaboration between the Canterbury District Health Board and the Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch.

Her primary research focus has been related to our comparative psychotherapy trials for mood and eating disorders; and more recently, research related to earthquake-related trauma, and evaluation of group transdiagnostic CBT with CDHB colleagues at the Anxiety Disorders Service. Most of the clinical trials have included CBT in comparison to other therapies.

She will provide an overview of the literature into cognitive impairment and cognitive remediation for those with depression and will present related findings from recent studies at the Department of Psychological Medicine.



Dr Martin Dorahy- Shame in the treatment of those presenting with trauma disorders: Presentation issues and therapeutic considerations



The successful treatment of traumatised clients is impeded by the presence and activation of the self-conscious emotion of shame. Those exposed to trauma, especially that of a relational nature, are prone to experience elevated levels of shame, and thus being aware of, and dealing with, shame in the therapeutic setting becomes a means of not only more fully engaging the individual but maximizing treatment effectiveness. This paper provides an understand of the psychology of shame and examines its correlates including dissociation and different methods to manage it. The paper then examines issues associated with the presentation of shame, and looks at targets for treatment, especially those that might reduce shame in the therapeutic relationships, including exploring cognitions around self-disgust and self-dissmell, which can then provide a foundation for exploration of the person’s traumatic history.



Leona Manna- The Te Pounamu Model.




Dr Roz Shafran- Clinical Perfectionism



Roz Shafran, PhD, is Professor of Translational Psychology at the Institute of Child Health, University College London, United Kingdom. She is the founder and former director of the Charlie Waller Institute of Evidence-Based Psychological Treatment, Associate Editor of Behaviour Research and Therapy, and scientific co-chair of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies. Dr. Shafran's clinical research interests include cognitive-behavioral theories of and treatments for eating disorders, obsessive–compulsive disorder, and perfectionism across the age range. She is a recipient of the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Professional Psychology from the British Psychological Society and the Marsh Award for Mental Health Work. With more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications, Dr. Shafran is coauthor (with Sarah Egan and Tracey D. Wade) of the self-help guide Overcoming Perfectionism.