Conference Chair

Dr Matthew Berry DPsych MAPS

Dr Matthew Berry is a clinical psychologist specialising in addiction as well as substance use and related compulsive appetitive behaviours including sexual behaviour, overeating, and compulsive use of electronic media/internet.

He is currently in private practice, providing consultancy, supervision and training in Melbourne and across Australia and New Zealand. His career to date has primarily been in the alcohol and other drug sector, working in voluntary and forensic, private and public, community and residential settings.

For the past 13 years he has taught post-graduate addiction counselling and is an experienced trainer having developed and delivered more than 100 workshops on a range of topics including in Addiction, Motivation, Supervision Skills, and Managing Challenging Behaviours. Recently consultancy roles have included the Victorian Department of Health and Anglicare Victoria developing both voluntary and forensic drug and alcohol treatment guidelines. Matthew is also finishing off his first textbook about the management and treatment of addiction and associated disorders.

Mr Gerard Byrne – Clinical Director, The Salvation Army Recovery Services

Gerard-ByrneGerard has spent the past 26 years working in the AOD field with The Salvation Army. Currently he is the Clinical Director for The Salvation Army Recovery Services, which has services in NSW, Qld and the ACT.

Gerard has also worked in the private and government AOD sectors for 11 years, providing a range of specialist AOD services. Gerard holds qualifications in Social Sciences, AOD, Psychotherapy, Clinical Supervision, Business Management, Human Resource Management and Workplace Training and Assessment. Gerard holds the following Board positions; NADA, QNADA, ATODA and the ATCA.

Dr Robin-Marie Shepherd, University of Auckland School of Population Health, Academic Director of Communities and Addictions

Robin-Marie Shepherd, PH.D. Has been teaching and conducting research at the University of Auckland since 2004. She has moved on to private practice pursuing a clinical career in mental health and addictive disorders. Robin has published extensively on a myriad of different addictive disorders as well as publications in teaching addiction studies.


Steve Stokes, Counselling and Consulting

Steve Stokes is a counsellor, and has been working in the Addictions and Mental Health Field for 29 years. Currently runs Steve Stokes Counselling Services and Consulting, and works for the Department of Health. Formerly the Program Director of South Pacific Private.

Specializes in Developmental Trauma Treatment, Complex PTSD and Affect Regulation Techniques and it’s relationship to all Addiction Treatment. Steve specializes in Sex Addiction Treatment, Drug and Alcohol Addiction and co-occurring addictions.

Steve is also a practitioner of Radical Exposure Therapy (Tapping Therapy)   trained by Dr Laurie McKinnon ,  and Brainspotting, trained  by Dr Roby Abeles.

Private Practice offers one on one and relationship counselling, Interventions  and currently facilitating Mens and Women’s Yallom Process Groups.

Kim Wood, Senior Practitioner, Dual Diagnosis and Complex Needs, Lives Lived Well

Kim Wood is a clinical psychologist with over 20 years experience across government and non – government agencies, both on the Gold Coast of Australia and in London, England. After studying for her Masters in New Zealand, she moved to Australia in the ‘90’s for work experience – starting at the Sexual Health Clinic here on the Gold Coast. This was her introduction to the impact of IV drug use as she was working with those infected by HIV and Hepatitis C.

She then went to enhance her skills in London. In Ealing, she designed, implemented and evaluated a group program for drug – using offenders mandated to this treatment through the court. This highlighted the importance of partnerships – working closely with both Probation and NHS staff.  In Hounslow, she worked with offenders with mental health issues; assessing need in the court setting and providing treatment services through Probation services.

Taking advantage of available world class training, she completed a Post – Graduate Diploma of Cognitive Therapy at Oxford University (as you do) and was then swept up in the expansion of CBT: for people with psychosis (schizophrenia and bipolar disorder) in Newham, and with Ealing and Westminster’s “Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT)” program; a massive mental health push to gain access to high – quality psychological therapy at the GP surgery. This ultimately gave her the opportunity to train different types of CBT therapists – including utilising “low – intensity” methodologies.

Upon returning to Queensland, this diverse mix of skills helped her fulfill the role of Dual Diagnosis Coordinator with Lives Lived Well. At Mirikai (drug and alcohol rehabilitation service for young people) in Burleigh, she provided group and individual services to clients; training and support for staff; conducted research; supported the universities by providing supervision for their post – graduate trainee placements and ran/ supported health promotion efforts locally for over five years. The Dual Diagnosis Training Calendar she co – ordinated was well – respected, with evaluations being presented at four conferences, including the 2016 World Congress for Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies.

Late last year she ‘retired’ from the DD role, to conquer another career goal – working privately. She now spends her time combining private practice and university supervision with the tough job of reading trashy paranormal romance novels in the sunshine.

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