1st International Conference of Applied Neuroscience

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Sydney, Australia, 22-24 May 2019
John Arden presents a Pre-conference workshop on the 21st of May 2019


The 1st Annual IAAN Conference

22-24 May 2019

Portside Conference Centre, 207 Kent Street

Sydney, Australia

The Portside Centre: http://www.portsidecentre.com.au/

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Pre-Conference Workshop

John Arden presents a 1 day pre-conference workshop – 21st May, 0900-1630 (0830 registration)


John Arden, PhD, ABPP


Mind-Brain-Gene:  Toward Psychotherapy Integration


This seminar presents the sea change revolutionizing psychotherapy in the 21st Century.  Back in the 20th Century there was a blizzard of psychotherapy schools, with a seemingly new approach surging in popularity, only to fade away as a distant memory a few years later.   The 21st Century psychotherapy is all about the integration of what we have learned and synthesizing the new research on mind-body-brain feedback loops.

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We begin with the “mind” because, though we bat around the term all the time, we had not agreed what it is.  Now we know through research in neuroscience and psychology that the mind is not one thing but is composed of ongoing synthesis of mental operating networks.  Our minds contribute to “self”-organization as we co-evolve within families and interpersonal interactions.  What we encounter and how we take care of ourselves can change our brains, immune systems, and even turn on or off genes, resulting in mental health or ill health.  Inflammation and autoimmune disorders are strongly associated with depression and anxiety.  Therefore, psychotherapists are offered a primer on the fields of psychoneuroimmunology and epigenetics, combining it with the neuroscience of emotional, interpersonal, cognitive, dynamics, with psychotherapeutic approaches to offer an integrated vision of psychotherapy.  We can now understand how the immune system, diet, brain structure, and even gut bacteria profoundly affect mental health through leaky gut syndrome and the inflammatory spiral.


Mind-Brain-Gene uncovers a wide variety of relationships between stress, trauma, depression, anxiety, the immune system, and gene expression.  The interaction between all these factors has been by illuminated by studies examining the effects of life style factors on the incidence of health and psychological problems.  There are significant relationships between immune system function, stress, insecure attachment, anxiety, depression, poor nutrition, bad quality sleep, physical inactivity, and neurophysiological dysregulation.  For example, insecure attachment, deprivation, and child abuse contribute to anxiety and depression in far more extensive ways than was believed.  This complex range of health conditions affects millions of people who seek psychotherapy.


Dr John Arden is author of 15 books (translated into 20 languages) including, Brain2Brain, The Brain Bible, Rewire Your Brain, and Brain-Based Therapy with Adults, and Brain-Based Therapy for Anxiety.  His new book is entitled Mind-Brain-Gene: Toward the Integration of Psychotherapy.  He recently retired from Kaiser Permanente where he served as the Northern California Regional Director of Training where he developed one of the largest mental health training programs in the United States. In this capacity he oversaw more than 150 interns and postdoctoral psychology residents in 24 medical centers. He has presented in all US States and 25 countries.

3 Day Conference

The 1st Annual International Association of Applied Neuroscience Conference will cover a variety of applied neuroscience topics. Topics will run in streams and there will be ample opportunity to choose which presentations to attend. DOWNLOAD THE CONFERENCE FLYER HERE : FLYER





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Something For Everyone!

  • The conference covers a variety of applied neuroscience topics, including applications to psychotherapy, education, health, and much more.
  • Speakers are national and international leaders in the field.
  • Opportunity for peer to peer networking.
  • Attendance at the conference includes associate membership of the International Association of Applied Neuroscience (IAAN).
  • IAAN annual AGM

Keynote Speakers

Day 1 (22nd May, morning)

Dr Roger Mysliwiec



Roger will be speaking on the subject of the challenges and opportunities of the application of neuroscience principles to evidence based clinical practice. He will illustrate this with practical examples related to existing specialist eating disorder treatments.

Day 1 (22nd May, afternoon)

Daren Wilson  Director / Principal Psychologist

BA(Soc Sc)  MQual(Psych)  MA(Sport Psych)  MEMDRAA  MAPS  FAAP  MIAAN(Cert)


Daren will be expanding on the SIFT base model framework enabling the therapist to clearly describe brain structures and functions that correspond to an applied diagram. The SIFT diagrammatic structure helps clients visualise what they have experienced during typical emotional processing and traumatic crises. This encourages normalisation, initiates adaptive processing mechanisms and secures a greater therapeutic alliance in a timely fashion, which increases positive therapeutic outcomes.

Day 2 (23rd May, morning)

Dr John Arden PhD


This keynote synthesizes the substantial literature on psychoneuroimmunology and epigenetics, combining it with the neuroscience of emotional, interpersonal, cognitive, dynamics, with psychotherapeutic approaches to offer an integrated vision of psychotherapy.  The integrative model promotes a sea change in how we conceptualize mental health problems and their solutions.   We can now understand how the immune system, diet, brain structure, and even gut bacteria effect mental health.  Psychotherapists in the 21st Century will by necessity become more like healthcare workers to address and resolve adverse mind-body-brain interactions.

Day 2 (23rd May, afternoon)

Dr Sarah M McKay

BSc (Hons)  MSc  DPhil (Oxon)


In 2016 Dr Sarah McKay unexpectedly found herself writing a book on women’s health and the female brain. Despite 25 years as a neuroscientist and 43 years owning and operating a female body and brain, she’d given little consideration to how her neurobiology was sculpted by her life as a girl and woman, and indeed how her brain influenced her reproductive life and experiences. Sarah’s book takes the reader on a chronological journey across the lifespan to explore how our minds and brains are shaped from the womb to tomb — including in utero life, infancy, puberty, adolescence, pregnancy, menopause and old age. Sarah’s keynote will describe her exploration of the academic literature, conversations with researchers and women’s health practitioners and concepts and surprises she learned along the way.

Day 3 (24th May, morning)

Mary Bowles

The historical contributions of many, including Pavlov, Hebb, Skinner, and Bandura, among others, have allowed for the present day possibility of erasing emotional suffering brought on by past experiences. Along with the erasure of emotional learning, such therapeutic progress allows us to begin erasing the commonly held belief that once an emotional injury is present, it can never be removed; that trauma and emotional baggage if lifelong. Optimistically, Mary will argue the availability of rapid memory reconsolidation approaches present the opportunity to destigmatize mental health care by removing the fear of having to relive emotionally overwhelming events, by decreasing the time involved in treatment and the cost of care, and by ending the long-held cultural beliefs that seeking help is a sign of weakness. Mary will present a keynote with examples of applied rapid memory reconsolidation sessions which result in rapid transformational change in a range of case settings.


Day 3 (24th May, afternoon)

Thedy Veliz

Thedy will be delivering a dynamic and engaging keynote designed to translate research findings into a Developmental Neurogenomics Model, leading to a therapeutic focus on improving the “goodness of fit” between the child and the caregiver, and will introduce the Parent Neuropsychotherapy Model.

Additional Speakers

(Please go to the top of the page where you can download the Conference Schedule lift out which lists the remaining speakers)


A Message From the President of the IAAN

IAAN President Dr Roger Mysliwiec  NZMC, DKPM, PBANZ, MIAAN(Cert) 

If you want to be more effective with the people you work with, then an understanding of their neurobiology may just give you the edge you need – this is what the IAAN conference is all about.

Matthew Dahlitz, Editor-in-Chief, The Neuropsychotherapist

Register Now!

Choose your registration for the Preconference (21 May, 2019)

and the Conference (22-24 May, 2019).

Register early! Early Bird prices are good through March 31st, 2019!

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