2021 Chapter Conference: Online

Early Bird Tickets now on sale until 30th September 2021. You can get your tickets here. 

The 2021 Annual Conference of the ANZ Chapter of the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science will run from 10am 26th November to 1pm 28th November AEDT. It will be held online.

Conference theme: Expanding our Impact: Building Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Contextual Behavioural Science in our Region

Spread across two and a half days, the conference will have everything you love from an ANZ ACBS conference: great invited speakers, fantastic presentations from across our region and chances to catch up with old friends and make new ones. 

Confirmed invited speakers include:

  • Yvonne Barnes-Holmes: 'Process-Based Behaviour Therapy (PBBT): Why a New Form of Behaviour Therapy was Needed'
  • Russ Harris: 'Self-as-Context Made Simple'
  • Paul Atkins: ''Advancing Wellbeing through Prosocial'

Tickets will give you access to the live event, as well as access to recordings for all sessions for three months. 

You can keep up to date by following us on FacebookLinkedIn or by responding to the official Facebook event.

You can contact the conference team with any queries at anzacbsconference@gmail.com

Call for Submissions

The call for submissions is now open!

The deadline for submissions of individual research papers, research symposia, panels and workshops is the 3rd September, 2021. Introductory, intermediate and advanced workshops are welcome. We are keen for presentations about a variety of CBS related approaches and third-wave behaviour therapies (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Functional Analytical Psychotherapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Applied Relational Frame Theory, Compassion Focused Therapy, and other mindfulness based therapies). You can make a submission here.

You can make the following types of submissions:


Workshops are training sessions of either 1 and 25 minutes or 2 hours and 50 minutes (with a break in the middle) and usually combine experiential and didactic material. Please be a little flexible about the length of your workshop.  We may need to adjust times slightly (by 5-10 minutes) in order to make the online program work.

Workshops are opportunities to directly train specific skills rather than to present research findings, discuss conceptual, philosophical, or methodological issues, or share opinions. Submissions that are not clearly focused on training will be considered for other formats. We do encourage you to include research and data citations supporting your topic with your proposal, and to briefly present these during your workshop.

Panel Discussions

Panel discussions consist of 3 to 5 speakers, plus a chair, selected for a shared interest or area of expertise. Panelists respond to one or more questions or issues, with time allotted for interaction among the speakers and with the audience. A panel discussion is organized by a chairperson who serves as the session’s moderator.

Please ensure that your panel discussion is organised to approximately fit a 1hr and 25 minute block. Let us know if you need more panel speakers in case we can match you up with other likeminded speakers.

Please indicate who will chair the panel from the presenters when entering your abstract.

Symposia (chair, 3 papers and a discussant)

Organised by a chairperson who moderates the approximately 1 hour and 25 minute session, symposia are a series of three 20–minute presentations focused on either empirical research or conceptual, philosophical, historical, or methodological issues. A discussant highlights and integrates the contributions of various speakers in the symposium and moderates questions from the audience.

Chairpersons are encouraged to use symposia as an opportunity to integrate related work by: 1) bringing speakers of different affiliations together rather than showcasing the work of a single group and 2) incorporating different kinds of talks (e.g., historical, conceptual and research-based) on the same topic into one symposium.

When submitting, please provide abstracts for all three papers in the 'Abstract' section as well as indicate who will present each paper (as well as any additional authors of each paper), who will act as chair and who will act as discussant. 

Paper (not part of a pre-arranged symposium)

Paper submissions are individual, oral presentations, usually concerned with conceptual, philosophical, historical, or methodological issues or empirical research. All paper presentations will be 20 minutes long. Accepted addresses will be organised into paper sessions of approximately 85 minutes.

If your submission is shorter than 1 hr and 25 minutes, you might also consider reaching out to our local community members and organising your talks into a similar theme. Feel free to use our ANZ ACBS Facebook group (ACBS - Australia and New Zealand), or the international ACBS Facebook page or listserv.

Please contact our program chairs with any questions about your submissions or the conference programme.

Shelley Viskovich:  shelleyviskovich@gmail.com

Giselle Bahr: psychology@bahr.net.nz


2022 Chapter Conference Auckland

COVID-19 and the originally planned ANZ ACBS Conference: An Update

The ANZ ACBS Auckland conference has been postponed, and will now be held on in 2022 at Auckland University of Technology. The ANZ ACBS Board has been monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic carefully and, given current circumstances, it is no longer feasible for this event to be run in 2021.

Our excellent chairs, Karen Hielkema (conference chair), Elizabeth Maher and Geetanjali Basarkod (program chairs) have all agreed to stay on for the 2022 event. We will also be aiming, as much as is possible, to bring you the same outstanding line-up of invited speakers.

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