APS College of Forensic Psychologists

APS Forensic Psychology Conference 2013

Fremantle WA, 18 - 20 April 2013
The Esplanade Hotel Fremantle, Western Australia


Key dates

  • Registrations opening:
    December 2012
  • Call for Submissions closes:
    Extended to midnight,  Monday 18th March 2013
  • Preliminary program available:
    October/November 2012
  • Early bird registration closes:
    Midnight AEDST, Monday
    18 March 2013
  • Online registration closes:
    Closed.  Onsite registration available.
NB. Dates are subject to change


Welcome from the Conference Chair

The times are a changin’:
Controversies, competencies and DSM-5

The APS Forensic Psychology Conference will be held in Fremantle, Western Australia from 18 – 20 April 2013 at the Esplanade Hotel a 4½ star venue. Fremantle is only 20 minutes from Perth City, thirty minutes from Perth's domestic and international airport terminals. The Esplanade Hotel is only a short two minute stroll to Fremantle’s famous café strip and local restaurants as well as a five minute walk to the closest beach allowing delegates to easily explore the port city by foot so making it a wonderful choice for our conference.

The theme for the 2013 national conference of the APS College of Forensic Psychologists will be The times are a changin’: Controversies, competencies and DSM-5

What are the controversies and challenges in contemporary forensic practice, and how do they relate to you?  How will DSM-5 change our lives (or will it)?  What are the new core competencies that define who are we?  How will the new supervision regulations impact on our speciality?  What are the cutting edge developments in forensic practice and research?  Come along to the 4th APS National Forensic Psychology Conference in wonderful, wild Western Australia for a stimulating practice-focussed conference that will explore these issues and how they relate across the diverse areas of forensic psychological practice.  Immerse yourself in practice-focussed seminars, master classes, debates, panel discussions and half-day workshops to explore the diversity within forensic psychology.  The format for this conference has been revamped from previous formats to emphasise active learning – so prepare to be engaged, enlightened, challenged, and entertained over two and a half days of debate, practical workshops, and best-practice demonstrations across a diverse range of forensic settings and topics. 

One of the highlights of this conference will be the opportunity to share an insider’s view into the DSM-5 working parties and how the new criteria were developed for Personality Disorders and other disorders of forensic relevance.  Keynote speaker Professor Robert Krueger from the DSM-V personality disorders working party will share his invaluable insights into the most significant changes in this area for many years.  Be well informed prior to the DSM-5 publication in May 2013 and develop an understanding of how these major changes will impact on your forensic practice. 

You will also have the opportunity to be informed by some of this region’s leading forensic minds on what makes for good forensic practice in a diverse range of criminal, civil, and administrative areas.  Explore contentious issues and learn how to navigate through the many challenges facing forensic psychologists in 2013 and beyond.  Become a skilled and valued forensic practitioner.

Whether your interest is in evaluations for courts and other tribunals (expert evidence), forensic mental health, working with offenders, family law, child-protection, personal injury, civil capacities, or police, this conference will be of interest to you. 

But don’t let it be all business and no play. There will be a number of social opportunities for delegates to meet and mix with new and old acquaintances, not to mention the number of tourist things to do and see in the beautiful historic port city of Fremantle.

I look forward to seeing you Fremantle 18 - 20 April 2013.

Dr Greg Dear
Conference Chair