Australian and New Zealand Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abuse

8th Biennial international research, theory and practice conference

Forging a new era in responding to and preventing sexual abuse

29th November - 1st December 2017

Forging a new era in responding to and preventing sexual abuse

Key dates

Registrations now open
Abstract submissions closes: Tuesday 1 August 2017
Early bird registration closes: Tuesday 17 October 2017

Online registration now closed

Online registration ends Friday 24th November. If you wish to attend you can register onsite at the conference.

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Confirmed speakers

Elizabeth Letourneau

Dr Elizabeth Letourneau

Elizabeth J. Letourneau, PhD, is Professor and Director at the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse, Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. For more than 25 years she has conducted research involving the evaluation of clinical practice and legal policy related to adult and adolescent sexual offending.

Alisa Ackerman

Dr Alissa R. Ackerman

Alissa R. Ackerman, PhD. is a criminologist and sex crimes policy researcher at California State University, Fullerton. She has written over 30 publications on sexual violence and sex crimes policy and practice. As a survivor advocate, Dr Ackerman uses her expertise and personal experience to help survivors speak out, while also advocating for evidence-based and harm reduction strategies to combat victimisation.

Jill Levenson

Dr Jill Levenson

Jill Levenson, PhD, LCSW, is a Professor of Social Work at Barry University in Miami, Florida, USA. She has published over 100 articles about policies and clinical interventions designed to prevent repeat sexual offending. Her groundbreaking research on the link between childhood adversity and adult criminality has paved the way for innovations in sexual offending rehabilitation programs that now utilise a trauma-informed care framework. She has also been a treatment provider for over 25 years, using a scientist-practitioner model to inform both her research and her work with clients.

Carlene Firmin

Dr Carlene Firmin

Dr Carlene Firmin MBE is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bedfordshire, where she leads their work on peer-on-peer abuse and contextual approaches to safeguarding adolescents and has spent ten years researching violence and abuse between young people. Carlene has a particular interest in the relationship between group dynamics, social and public contexts and young people who display harmful sexual behaviours – and has developed knowledge in this area to challenge individualised models of child protection policy and practice.

Maia Christopher

Maia Christopher

Maia Christopher is the Executive Director of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA). Ms Christopher has spent 19 years providing treatment services to incarcerated individuals who have committed violent offences in Correctional Services of Canada and Washington State Department of Corrections. She has presented extensively in the areas of practice guidelines for sexual offending treatment, collaborating with community stakeholders invested in successful reintegration and policy pertaining to sexual offending.

Michiel de Vries Robbe

Dr Michiel de Vries Robbé

Michiel de Vries Robbé, PhD, is a Senior Researcher at Van der Hoeven Kliniek, the Netherlands. He is co-author of the Structured Assessment of PROtective Factors for violence risk (SAPROF), a tool for the dynamic assessment of protective factors. The SAPROF is used in combination with risk assessment tools, to counterbalance the predominantly risk and deficit-based approach to risk assessment in forensic settings.

Byron Seiuli

Dr Byron Seiuli

Dr Byron Malaela Sotiata Seiuli is Samoan, with ancestral lineage to the villages of Malie, Faleula, Manono and Sataua. Byron is a Research Fellow at the University of Waikato's School of Psychology and has over 15 years of face-to-face counselling work as a senior Pacific clinician. His counselling work involving men who have been sexually abused or who have committed sexual offences, speaks directly to the purpose of this years conference. Byron's current research focuses on mental health challenges among Pacific adolescents and young adults in New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga and Fiji.

Marlene Lauw

Marlene Lauw

Marlene Lauw is the Team Leader, Aboriginal Portfolio, NSW Health Education Centre Against Violence. Marlene is a Wiradjuri/Ngunnawal woman who has had extensive experience working with Aboriginal communities providing support, counselling, advocacy and group work. Marlene has specialised skills and knowledge in competency based training, supervision and workforce development in the areas of trauma, healing, family violence, sexual assault and child protection.

Pam Greer

Pam Greer

Pam Greer is an Educational Consultant and Lead for Strong Aboriginal Women and Weaving the Net Community Programs delivered by NSW Health Education Centre Against Violence. Pam is also a member of the Aboriginal Communities Matter Advisory Group. She has over 30 years experience delivering services and training to Aboriginal workers and community members with a particular focus on domestic and family violence. Pam was inducted into the NSW Aboriginal Health Hall of Fame in 2008 in recognition of her lifetime commitment to violence prevention and response.

Linda Waimari Nikora

Professor Linda Waimarie Nikora

Professor Linda Waimarie Nikora is the Director of the Maori and Psychology Research Unit in the School of Psychology at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. Her special interest is the development of indigenous psychologies to serve the interests and aspirations of indigenous peoples. She is a research leader for the Maori flourishing or Mauriora theme for Nga Pae o te Maramatanga, the National Maori Centre of Research Excellence. Recently, she has turned her attention to the question of ‘sexual ethics’ as a way to investigate relationship formation, maintenance, breakdown and violation.

Armon Tamatea

Dr Armon Tamatea

Armon is a clinical psychologist of Maori (Rongowhakaata; Te Aitanga-A-Maahaki) and English descent who served as a clinician and senior research advisor for the Department of Corrections (New Zealand) before being appointed senior lecturer in psychology at the University of Waikato. An executive committee member of ANZATSA since 2009, Armon currently divides his professional time between teaching, research, supervision, and clinical practice in the criminal justice arena.

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  Early birdFull price
3 day registration (includes pre-conference workshops)Members$550.00$600.00
2 day registrationMembers$400.00$450.00
Full day workshop registration only $270.00$270.00
Half day workshop registration only $160.00$160.00

Delegate Accommodation


Corner Princes Street and Waterloo Quadrant, Auckland

Pullman Auckland's sleek interiors emit a warm and friendly vibe, creating an intimate atmosphere whether in the lobby lounge, by the 25 metre heated swimming pool, or within one of 16 dynamic meeting spaces.

A selection of spacious hotel rooms, the exclusivity of an executive lounge, and chic residential suites with living areas and kitchen facilities framing views from city to sea uniquely redefines the lifestyle of the modern day traveller.

The Pullman Hotel is located just five minutes’ walk from the conference venue.


150 Anzac Avenue, Auckland

Simple, sophisticated, and designed for comfort. Copthorne Hotel Auckland City is centrally located, making it the perfect base to explore the city and attend conferences. The conference venue is just five minutes’ walk away.

The hotel has 106 guest rooms and 4 luxury suites. For hunger pangs and nightcaps, there’s Jimmy Cook’s Kiwi Kitchen. A casual spot serving up some of the most delicious local fare with an extensive wine, beer, and cocktail menu.

Please quote block number 2834126 or ANZATSA

Phone: +649 379 8509


10 Waterloo Quadrant, Auckland

Located in downtown Auckland, just a well shod hop, skip and jump away from the city's fashion district, restaurants and bars - featuring 200 apartment style rooms (studios, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments) each with a fully equipped kitchen, balcony and FREE Wifi with a generous daily limit of 1GB. It's easy to see why The Quadrant Hotel becomes the home away from home for many travellers throughout the year. The conference venue is just 5 minutes’ walk away.


University Hall - 30 Whittaker Place

University Hall offers affordable accommodation for delegates attending conferences in Auckland, with stunning views in the heart of New Zealand’s largest city.

Completed in 2011, University Hall is centrally located off Symonds Street, just 5 minutes’ walk from the conference venue.

University Hall accommodation is modern and comfortable. Each single room contains a king sized single bed, desk/chair/internet access, wardrobe with shelving, opening window with blind. Four unisex bathrooms on each level offer lockable showers and toilets.

O’Rorke Hall - 16 Mount Street, Auckland Central

Only short walk to Auckland's iconic Queen Street you will find O'Rorke Hall. Since transforming from a collection of small residences in the early 1940's to its current modern high-rise style, O'Rorke is home to 367 residents during the academic year.

O'Rorke Hall is our second largest hall of residence, offering comfortably furnished single rooms in a 'pod' style formation on each floor. O'Rorke is a short walk to the center of the city campus and main arterial routes through the city making access to public transport quick and convenient.

Every room comes furnished with a single bed, bathrooms are shared, and there are communal spaces with coffee and tea making facilities available.

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