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Anxiety and Depression workshop

This 2 day workshop will examine all aspects of the clinical management of anxiety disorders (including PTSD and OCD) and depression. It is designed for Consultant Psychiatrists or Senior Psychiatry Registrars.

Date 21 – 22 February 2018
Time 8.30am to 5pm both days.
Venue The George Hotel, 50 Park Terrace, Christchurch
Cost NZ$1500 – includes morning and afternoon tea and lunch both days

Sessions will include

  • Pharmacological and psychological treatments
  • Understanding the evidence/clinical trials
  • Management of difficult cases
  • Treatment controversies

The format will be interactive with smaller group discussions.

Participants will be encouraged to bring cases for discussion at the workshop and to submit cases in advance, which can be considered for whole group discussion.


Professor David Nutt

Professor David NuttDavid Nutt is the Edmund J Safra Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London.

He trained at Cambridge, Guys Hospital, Oxford University and NIH.

His research focuses on the use of PET and fMRI imaging to understand how drugs work in the brain and the mechanism underpinning psychiatric disorders particularly addiction and anxiety disorders.

He has published over 450 original research papers, over 500 reviews and books chapters, eight government reports on drugs and 31 books, including one for the general public, Drugs without the Hot Air.

David lectures widely to the scientific and medical communities as well as to the public.

In 2010 The Times Eureka science magazine voted him one of the 100 most important figures in British Science, and the only psychiatrist in the list.

Read Professor Nutt's profile page on the Imperial College's website

Associate Professor Caroline Bell

Caroline BellAssociate Professor at the Department of Psychological Medicine, UOC and Clinical Head of the Anxiety Disorders Service, Canterbury District Health Board.

Since the Canterbury earthquakes Caroline has also been the clinical lead of a specialist mental health service set up to treat people with post traumatic earthquake related distress.

Her research interests are in anxiety disorders particularly understanding some of the neurobiological mechanism involved. Caroline has also researched the treatment of anxiety and has investigated the use of computerised cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT).

Her current research involves studying CBT treatments in clinical settings.

Caroline is also studying the psychological and neurobiological effects of the earthquakes in both people presenting with significant earthquake related distress and those identifying as resilient.

Read Associate Professor Bell's staff profile

Professor Richard J Porter

Richard PorterRichard Porter is Professor and Head of Department in the Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch.

He is also a Consultant Psychiatrist in a service for adults with intellectual disability.

He also works in an ECT service and sees many patients with treatment resistant mood disorder.

He trained in psychiatry mainly in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne where his clinical training focussed on the treatment of resistant mood disorders.

Recently his research has focused on neuropsychological impairment in depression and bipolar disorder and the relevance of this to treatment.He has published over 100 scientific papers in these areas.

He was a member of the RANZCPsych CPG group for mood disorders and is Deputy Editor of Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry.

Read Professor Porter's staff profile


We can advise on suitable accommodation close to the venue.


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