APS College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists

2012 Educational and Developmental Psychology Conference


Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne
328 Flinders Street
Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
Tel: +61 3 ­9250 1888
+61 3 9250 1877

Located in the heart of the city overlooking the Yarra River, Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne is one of the few historic and grand hotels in Australia.

Keynote speakers

Filip De Fruyt, PhD

Department of Developmental, Personality and Social Psychology
Ghent University, Belgium

Professor Filip De Fruyt obtained a Master in Psychology, a Master in Biomedical Sciences and a PhD in Psychology. He is currently a professor in Differential Psychology and Personality Assessment at Ghent University in Belgium. His research spans a broad domain including adaptive and maladaptive traits, their structure and development, cross-cultural manifestations of personality, and applied personality psychology. He has (co-)authored over 100 papers and chapters in a broad range of leading international academic journals. In this presentation, he will review recent research on personality differences in children and adolescents, including variable-oriented and person-centered perspectives. Research on general and maladaptive trait models will be discussed including their connection. It will be argued that the contribution of personality to an adequate understanding of children and adolescents is crucial. Filip will consider the applications of this work in the educational and developmental psychologist’s professional practice.

Professor Tim SharpProf Karola Dillenburger

Centre for Behaviour Analysis
Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland

Prof Karola Dillenburger has worked extensively in social care and therapeutic settings in Germany before moving to Northern Ireland. She is the Director of the Centre for Behaviour Analysis in the School of Education at QUB. She has published widely, including 5 books, 5 multim edia training resources, and over 50 academic papers. Her research interests include the application of Behaviour Analysis in areas such as trauma, bereavement and loss, autism spectrum disorder, and parent training.  Applied Behaviour Analysis is the scientific basis for well established, evidence-based interventions for individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders and many other conditions. The US Federal government considers the application of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) to be not only educationally valuable, but medically necessary. This is not the case in other parts of the world where the research evidence favouring ABA-based methods is not recognised and an eclectic approach is recommended. This presentation will explore these issues and illustrate the effectiveness of ABA-based interventions with a range of research methodologies.

Dr Mathew White

Director of Wellbeing and Positive Education
St Peter’s College, Adelaide.

Dr Mathew White (PhD) is Director of Wellbeing and Positive Education at St Peter’s College, Adelaide, one of Australia's leading Independent boys’ schools.  Prior to his current role Mathew was Director of Training and Leadership at Teach For Australia, a social enterprise of the Australian Government established to confront educational disadvantage. Mathew was the first Head of Positive Education at Geelong Grammar School. He is the author of 2 book chapters, 17 peer-reviewed articles, 19 conference presentations and 9 symposia panels on positive psychology and leadership and has collaborated with leaders in the field of organisational change and positive psychology. Mathew has experience advising corporate, non-profit, independent, government and catholic education systems on the application of positive psychology and wellbeing theory. He is a member of the advisory panel for Dr Martin Seligman's role as Adelaide's Thinker in Residence (2012-13), Positive Psychology Centre at the University of Melbourne. Dr White will present on leading school change through positive education and a focus on wellbeing.


Workshop 1 & 4: Assessing personality in children and adolescents

Professor Filip De Fruyt

The workshop will focus on the assessment of personality differences among children and adolescents, introducing different instruments and methods useful for school psychologists. In the first part of the workshop, case-work will be discussed to illustrate the contribution of personality assessment to the process of diagnostics and therapy choice, compliance and course. The second part of the workshop will be interactive, and participants will be invited to discuss case-work in small groups and explore how personality assessment can be integrated in their work.

Workshop 2 & 5: Task analysis and fine-tuning observational skills

Prof Karola Dillenburger

Task analysis and behavioural observation form the basis of many skills-based interventions. This workshop will provide task analysis and observational skills training. The workshop will be interactive based on multimedia presentations and practical exercises. It will be suitable for psychologists from varied background from beginners to those with experience in the area.

Workshop 3: Introduction to the Woodcock Johnson III tests of cognitive abilities and tests of achievement - Australian Adaptation (WJ III)

Nancy MatherMr Walter Howe

This workshop will give a brief overview of the history of both cognitive assessment and cognitive theories to the present day, including “beyond CHC” (Cattell-Horn-Carroll).  This will include a more detailed outline of CHC Theory and the WJ III. Recent research regarding the relationships of cognitive processes to curriculum areas of reading and mathematics will be introduced and this information will be used to discuss methods of diagnosing a range of specific learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, dyscalculia and language disorders.  Case studies will be used to illustrate the process of making diagnoses and planning intervention. 
Walter Howe is an Educational and Developmental Psychologist who has worked as a teacher, school counselor and test publisher.    He has managed Australian standardisation studies for the WISC III, the Woodcock Johnson III Tests of Cognitive Abilities and Tests of Achievement (WJ III) and the York Assessment of Reading for Comprehension (YARC).  He is the Director of Psychological Assessments Australia (PAA), which distributes a wide variety of assessment products.

Workshop 6: Advances in the assessment of reading, including the use of the New York Assessment of Reading for Comprehension - Australian Edition (YARC)

Mr Walter Howe

This workshop will outline research based theoretical views of reading as well as additional research on the relationship between cognitive processes and reading.  This information will then be applied assist in the diagnosis and understand of a variety of reading problems.   Methods of assessing the various processes and factors outlined by research and theory will be discussed, including the recently published York Assessment of Reading for Comprehension – Australian Edition (YARC) and the Woodcock Johnson Tests of Achievement – Australian Adaption (WJ III) and how to use assessment information to formulate diagnosis and plan intervention. Case studies will be used to illustrate this process and intervention strategies will also be discussed.

Conference Program

Friday 16 November






Keynote address: Prof Filip De Fruyt

10.10 – 11.10am

Individual research papers




Keynote address: Prof Karola.Dillenburger




Individual research papers




Keynote address: Dr Mathew White

(Catering covered by registration fee including Friday evening drinks and canapés)

Half-Day Workshop program: Saturday 17 November

Participants will be able to attend 2 of the half day hour workshops.




Registration: 8.45am

Morning – 9.00am-12.30pm


Prof Filip De Fruyt

Assessing personality in children and adolescents


Prof Karola Dillenburger

Task analysis and fine-tuning observational skills


Mr Walter Howe

Woodcock Johnson III Tests

Afternoon  - 1.30pm-5.00pm


Prof Filip De Fruyt

Assessing personality in children and adolescents


Prof Karola Dillenburger

Task analysis and fine-tuning observational skills


Mr Walter Howe

Reading assessment -  YARC

APS Endorsed CPD [CEDP] Conference: 6 CPD hours Workshop: 3 CPD hours per workshop

Business buffet Lunch 12.30-1.30pm
The College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists Annual General Meeting will be held during the lunch break. All CEDP members are welcome to attend.


Early bird registration closes 16 October 2012.

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