IAAN Board of Directors

The Board of Directors oversees the operation and practices of the IAAN
Paul Potgieter

Paul Potgieter

PRESIDENT

Grad Dip (Psych)  BA(Hons) Semitic Languages  BD  M(Prof) Studies

Paul Potgieter is a Senior Psychologist at Nutricula Psychology, providing psychological services to private clients, and the resources industry. He has over 20 years’ experience in dealing and treating people who have experienced different forms of mental illness and trauma. He specialises in couples and relationship counselling and training. He recently received international recognition for his research in the connection between neuroscience and safety at work.

He holds a Post Grad Dip in Psychology, an honours degree in Semitic Languages and a Masters degree in business.

Paul is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and the International Association of Applied Neuroscience.

Warwick Brown

Warwick Brown

SECRETARY

Warwick is passionate about health psychology and supporting those who have been impacted by injury and trauma to return to healthy contributors of their community.

His extensive experience within workplace rehabilitation, complex trauma, and business management provides Warwick with a depth of experience and an understanding of the challenges and desires of employers and workers alike.

Warwick became the Director of At Work OH&S in 2003 and takes pride in supporting the business community with healthy, safe and happy work environments.

His valuable contributions to the people he supports covers a breadth of circumstances – from same to new employer return to work management, psychological and physical claims, as well as psychological services.

Daren Wilson

Daren Wilson

TREASURER/ IAAN SUPERVISOR

Daren Wilson the Director of Clear View Psychology Services in Sydney and has worked as a psychologist in Disability Services, The Australian Army (Psychology Corps), Department of Veteran Affairs and as a principal consultant for over 32 years. He completed his MA in Applied Sport Psychology in 1997.

During his career he has served as a UN Peacemaker / keeper in Somalia, Rwanda and East Timor (Timor-Leste). These experiences, working extensively in personal crisis, disasters, trauma reprocessing, elite sport performance and advanced CBT interventions, have enabled him to support those traumatised in the Thredbo Landslide, Blackhawk Disaster, Glenbrook Train Disaster, MPs returning from East Timor, and others in the Australian Intelligence and Special Forces. Additionally he has assisted in formulating Australian Defence Force Psychology policies / best practice, Veteran Lifestyle Adjustment Residential Programs, Indian Ocean tsunami, Fire & Rescue NSW, bush fire community support counselling and pain management treatment programs (Concord Hospital study) for injured workers.

Daren is fascinated by recent advancements in neuroscience and formulating diagrams / models to best describe psychopathology, which highlights neuropsychotherapy principles for clients, and in turn significantly improved therapeutic success and outcomes. Daren has brought extensive experience to the executive management of the IAAN since 2018.

Dirk Geldenhuys

Dirk Geldenhuys

DAdmin (IOP)

I have 25 years of experience as an academic in organisational psychology, of which I focussed on applying neuroscientific research findings to the field for the last seven years. This sound theoretical background, combined with extensive hands-on experience as an industrial psychologist, prepared me to take the lead in establishing applied neuroscience in the field of organisational psychology in South Africa and to serve on the board of the International Association of Applied Neuroscience (IAAN). I was awarded honorary life member for distinguished and meritorious service by the South African Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology. My training and experience in systems-psychodynamics (Tavistock Institute – UK; Bayswater Institute – UK & AK Rice Leadership Institute – USA), appreciative inquiry (NTL – USA; David Cooperrider – USA), socio constructionism (TAOS Institute – USA) and neuro-coaching (Neuropsychotherapy Institute – Australia) lead to the development, facilitation and research on integrated interventions to facilitate transformational change. However, my life experience as a member of a family and a community taught me invaluable lessons, especially about the importance of wellbeing and resilience, even outside organisational life. This focus became much more important to me than authoring scholarly and textbooks, supervising students, publishing scientific articles and delivering papers at conferences.

Mary Bowles

Mary Bowles

BOARD MEMBER/ IAAN SUPERVISOR AND EDITORIAL BOARD MEMBER OF THE JOURNAL OF APPLIED NEUROSCIENCES (JAN)

Mary Bowles, PsyD-C, LMFT, RRT, MIAAN, RTM is a Doctor of Psychology Candidate (PsyD-C) with Summa Cum Laude distinction at California Southern University, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Private Practice in Colorado, Texas, & Florida, a Certified Rapid Resolution Therapist (RRT) and Reconsolidation of Traumatic Memories (RTM) Therapist, and a Management Committee Member for the International Association of Applied Neuroscience (IAAN). As a therapist Mary specializes in the treatment or couples and families, parenting, and high conflict divorce and blended families using a systemic lens to address dysfunctional patterns rather than pathologizing people. As a researcher Mary specializes in applied memory reconsolidation with a specific focus on “emotion pairing” and rapid trauma treatments, the neuroscience of emotion, and the cultural construction of trauma. Mary has extensive training in Interpersonal Neurobiology and has completed Level 3 Gottman Method training for therapy with couples. Mary also specializes in parenting, trauma treatment for first responders, veterans, and sexual abuse survivors, as well as therapeutic mediation for divorce and co-parenting. She advocates for the cultivation of equal-value approaches to working with all humans in all areas of life, “Relationships with the Brain in Mind,” and for reducing stigma in mental health by making science accessible through the interpretation of scientific language to lay people.

Dr Roger Mysliwiec

Dr Roger Mysliwiec

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER/ IAAN SUPERVISOR

Dr Roger Mysliwiec, NZMC, DKPM, PBANZ, NZAP, MIAAN(Cert), is a specialist in psychosomatic medicine and psychotherapy and resides in Auckland, New Zealand.

Dr Mysliwiec was trained in Germany as a medical doctor before qualifying as a specialist in Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy. He has over the past 30 years specialised in the treatment of eating disorders and has been the Clinical Director of the public Regional Eating Disorders Service in Auckland from 1999 until 2014 and has since co-founded the specialist outpatient New Zealand Eating Disorders Clinic (NZEDC). He has been in private practice for the past 25 years providing psychotherapy and supervision, trained in Hakomi Mindfulness Centered Somatic Psychotherapy, and for many years has had a strong interest to integrate the findings of neuroscience into treatment.

He has been on the Executive of the Australian New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders (ANZAED) between 2005 and 2011 and was the convenor of their 2010 Conference in Auckland. He has been passionate about the field of neuroscience and neuropsychotherapy for many years and is honoured and excited to provide leadership and work with like-minded people in the IAAN.

Marg Safron

Marg Safron

BOARD MEMBER

Marg Safron (B.A. Dip Soc.Studs M.A (Psych) is an original certified member of the IAAN and has been a psychologist (and social worker) in private practice for about thirty years at Australian Life Options. For approximately twenty years she lectured at Monash University training welfare officers and teaching Health and Human Behaviour in the Medical/specifically Nursing faculty. Along with this she provided numerous workshops related to counselling, communication, and health management to a range of community groups and organisations. As a registered provider for Medicare, Victims of Crime, Veterans Affairs, and Ambulance Victoria, Marg’s practice experience has included work in indigenous communities, consulting in school settings (clinical and program development) and preparing numerous family law reports for Legal Aid.

Currently, Marg has a special interest in clients (particularly from a cross cultural perspective) within the Workcover and TAC system and hence works with people experiencing physical and emotional trauma. She considers the application of neuroscience to be an essential tool in her therapeutic toolbox.

Jenny Venter

Jenny Venter

BOARD MEMBER/ MANAGING EDITOR OF THE JOURNAL OF APPLIED NEUROSCIENCES (JAN)

Jenny is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa as an Industrial psychologist and lectures on psychological adjustment and wellness in the work context at the department of Industrial and Organisational Psychology at the University of South Africa. She supervises post-graduate students within the focus area of Organisational Neurosciences. She currently serves on the steering committee of the Applied Organisational Neurosciences Interest Group of SIOPSA (Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology of South Africa) and served as a member of the Strategic Task Team of the Coaching and Mentoring committee of the South African Board for People Practices (SABPP) for 6 years. She has 19 years’ consulting experience in various areas including HR information technology and practices, organisation development and coaching. She is currently completing her PhD, with a focus on applied neurosciences. Jenny is a Certified Resilience Coach (CReC) and certified Level 2 BWRT ® (Brainworks Recursive Therapy) practitioner. She also serves on the Academic Advisory Board of Kinetic Leadership Institute (Pty Ltd).

Yvonne Wilson

Yvonne Wilson

BOARD MEMBER/ REGISTRAR

21 years Director/ Practice Manager Clear View Psychology services with previous administrative roles in Employment Services, Sales/ Marketing and Logistics.

VACANCY

Board Member

If you would like to nominate as a Board Member, you first must ensure you are a current member of the IAAN. Then, please send a brief one page letter of introduction providing your reasons for wishing to become a Board Member to office@iaan.com.au