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Anxiety & the Brain-Gut Link
Code: PDP-280819
Price: AU$125.00
Member Price: AU$100.00
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Professional Development Workshop 

"Anxiety & the Brain-Gut Link" 
Dr Simon Knowles, Clinical Psychologist
Wednesday 28th August 2019

The University of Melbourne
Hawthorn Campus, Conference Room
422 Auburn Road, Hawthorn, VIC 3122

10.00am to 2.00pm (9.30am registration) 
  $125.00 Standard fee
arrow_red.gif $100 ADAVIC members

Bookings limited to 25 professionals
Bookings close Friday 9th August 2019, or when fully booked

Please note that a 25% administration fee applies for refunds requested before 26th July 2019
No refunds or credits will be issued after this date.

Around 60% of individuals in Australia have gastrointestinal (GI) problems at any one time. A growing body of research indicates that the brain-gut-axis plays an important role in the development of pathology in GI conditions, having both physical and psychological components and effects. In clinical practice, it is not uncommon for patients to associate GI related concerns (e.g. nausea, abdominal discomfort and pain) with their psychological distress.

In this workshop, Simon will provide a background briefing about the physiological and psychological processes associated with chronic GI conditions, with a specific focus on Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). The majority of the workshop time will be spent in review and demonstration of a range of evidence-based psychological strategies for the GI system, such as relaxation training, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Mindfulness-based techniques. The format will involve small group activities, case study discussions, and demonstration of techniques. 

Target Audience

Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers and all Allied Health Practitioners.

Please note:

APS Members can accrue Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours by participating in CPD activities that they determine to be relevant to their individual professional skills, learning plans and goals. These may be self-initiated. CPD activities do not need to be endorsed by the APS.

About the Presenter

Dr Knowles is a registered Clinical Psychologist. Qualifications: BA(Hons), MPsyc(Clinical), PhD, MAPS, Member of the Australian Psychology Society College of Clinical Psychologists, and Member of the Australian Association for Clinical Hypnosis. Dr Knowles has an active private clinical-health practice that specializes in helping individuals diagnosed with chronic illnesses of the gastrointestinal system such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).

Dr Knowles currently holds the position of Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Swinburne University. Honorary positions include: Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Medicine at the University of Melbourne, Department of Gastroenterology, Central Clinical School (Monash University), honorary Clinical Psychologist at St Vincent’s Hospital (Melbourne), Royal Melbourne Hospital, and the Alfred Hospital. His clinical work is focused on the psychological care of patients with gastrointestinal disorders. He is the chief investigator for, and, free online psychological assessment and treatment services for psychological conditions associated with IBS, IBD and Gastroparesis respectively.

Additional Details:

All attendees will receive:

  • Presentation Handouts and Reference Materials
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • Tea/coffee, freshly home baked cakes and sandwiches will be provided

How to Book


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