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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.



Utilising models that can be applied to clinical use alongside Maori has been in development for many years amongst Maori clinicians as well as those who accept that cultural competence requires ongoing development. Te Pounamu has been used to illustrate a visual formulation of a presenting ‘tangata whaiora’s’ difficulties within which CBT terms can be applied.  Leona has an interest in Maori Models of Health, assisting with increasing the knowledge of students each year.  She applies her experience as a Maori clinical psychologist as an ACC psychology advisor, presenter and supervisor as well as working and assessing Maori in the area of sexual abuse. 


Carol Christopher- What Prisoner?

Carol Christopher is a Registered Mental health nurse with additional training in CBT from Massey University. She is currently working at the only maximum secure prison in New Zealand–Auckland Men’s Prison as a Mental Health Clinician in a 2 year pilot, contracted to the Non-Government Organisation (Emerge Aotearoa) to deliver mental health interventions to Offenders serving a prison sentence. She has previously worked in the UK as part of the IAPT initiative in primary care mental health, secondary mental health services and public health.​

The prison population is three times more likely to present with mild to moderate mental health issues than the general population and when these issues are targeted reoffending rates also reduce making Aotearoa a safer place to live for all. Carol will discuss delivering CBT focused mental health interventions to this population.


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.