Master Clinicians


Thursday, November 10

Matthew R. Sanders, PhD, University of Queensland, Australia

Competent Parenting: The Key to Preventing Social, Emotional and Behavioural Problems in Children of Trauma Related Adversity

Professor Matthew Sanders is a Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of the Parenting and Family Support Centre at the University of Queensland. He is also a consulting Professor at The University of Manchester, a visiting Professor at the University of South Carolina, and holds adjunct Professorships at Glasgow Caledonian University and The University of Auckland. As the founder of the Triple P-Positive Parenting Program, Professor Sanders is considered a world leader in the development, implementation, evaluation and dissemination of population based approaches to parenting and family interventions. Professor Sanders is recognised as the global leader in the field of evidence-based parenting intervention and one of The University of Queensland’s Innovation champions. Professor Sanders’ Triple P system is currently in use across 25 countries, has over 68,000 practitioners trained to deliver it, and some 7 million families are estimated to have benefited from Triple P. 

Professor Sanders’ work has been widely recognised by his peers as reflected a number of prestigious awards. In 2007, he received the Australian Psychological Society’s President’s Award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychology and in 2004 he received an International Collaborative Prevention Science award from the Society for Prevention Research in the US. In 2007 he received a Trailblazers Award from the Parenting and Families Special Interest Group in the Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapy and in 2008 was became a fellow of the New Zealand Psychological Society. Professor Sanders has also won a Distinguished Career Award from the Australian Association for Cognitive Behaviour therapy, was named Honorary President of the Canadian Psychological Association (2009), and Queenslander of the Year (2007).

Friday, November 11

Deborah Lee, DClinPsy, University College London, UK

Compassion Focused Therapy: Is Compassion an Antidote to Shame and an Effective Treatment of Complex PTSD?

Dr Deborah Lee is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Head of Berkshire Traumatic Stress Service and South Central Veterans Service. She is also an honorary Senior Lecturer at University College London.  She is a board member of the Compassionate Mind Foundation and author of the Compassionate-Mind Guide to Recovering from Trauma and PTSD: Using Compassion-Focused Therapy to Overcome Flashbacks, Shame, Guilt, and Fear (2013). New Harbinger, New York.

Dr Lee has worked in the field of trauma for 24 years and specialises in the treatment of PTSD and complex Trauma.  Her particular area of clinical and research interest is in shame based PTSD and self-criticism. She has developed the use of compassion - based treatments including the use of compassionate imagery in shame based flashbacks to enhance clinical practice in this field. She has pioneered the use of developing compassionate resilience as part of a phased based treatment approach to complex PTSD. She has widely contributed to the dissemination of her clinical knowledge through writing and delivering over 100 clinical workshops and talks in North America and Europe. 

Saturday, November 12

Christine Knaevelsrud, PhD, Freie Universitat, Germany 

Treating PTSD through the Internet – Efficacy, Treatment Principles and Challenges of the Virtual Therapeutic Relationship the PTSD Patients


Dr. Knaevelsrud is full professor for Clinical Psychological Intervention at the Freie University Berlin and trained psychotherapist. She completed her studies in psychology at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands and New York University, USA and obtained her PhD at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. During the last decade she also served as the scientific director of the Treatment Center for Torture Victims Berlin. She is Vice President of the German Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Dr. Knaevelsrud’s clinical and research interests are focused on web-based interventions. She conducted several treatment trials on internet-based cognitive-behavioral treatments for PTSD, Complicated Grief and Depression. Her current work focuses on improving access to evidence-based intervention in regions of war and violent conflicts. Further research interests include psychological risk factors for PTSD such as attention biases, transgenerational transmission and revictimization.