Professional Development

CPD Partnership with the Mental Health Academy (MHA)

AAPi and the Mental Health Academy – Australia’s leading CPD provider for Psychologists – have partnered to make attaining your mandatory annual Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as simple and cost effective as possible.

Mental Health Academy CPD courses cover a vast range of psychology and mental health topics – and meet the criteria for Active CPD established by the Psychology Board of Australia. 

Here are some of the benefits of joining MHA:

  • Online, on-demand access to over 500 hours of learning
  • Cost effective CPD – 300+ courses for just $1/day
  • Dozens of topics, including Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS)
  • Accrue CPD hours to meet your annual CPD requirements
  • Learn from global mental health experts
  • New programs released every month

To learn more and join MHA today, visit


The 2nd International Association of Applied Neuroscience (IAAN) Annual Conference (21st – 23rd May 2020) in Melbourne has secured world acclaimed Prof Lou Cozolino, Dr Jared Cooney Horvath and Dr Amee Baird to be held at Rydges on Swanton and The Melbourne Brain Centre, Carlton. These internationally renowned keynote speakers in Applied Neuroscience will be complimented by over 20 additional oral and practical workshop presentations in psychotherapy, organisational and educational streams. 

Prof Cozolino (Los Angeles, USA) will be conducting a keynote during the conference, an additional one-day pre-conference workshop on ‘Neurofluency in Clinical Practice’ on 20th May and a separate one-hour evening Public Lecture on ‘The Tribal Classroom’ at The Melbourne Brain Centre on the 21st May 2020. 

Dr Jared Cooney Horvath (Melbourne, Australia) will be providing a keynote ‘From the Laboratory to the Real World: Issues of Translation’ and a 90 min practical workshop. Dr Amee Baird (Newcastle, Australia) will provide a keynote on ’Sex in the Brain What controls our sex lives?’ and promote some fascinating discussions with an additional 90 min workshop during the conference. 

Enjoy an interactive friendly multidisciplinary, networking environment with world class speakers, while further developing your professional understanding in applied neuroscience (24 -28 PDP’s). We encourage you to bring a colleague or a group and register now for early bird advantages.



Advanced Topics in EMDR Therapy- Dr Catherine Hynes

Online Training, $275 including GST

This training is for EMDR practitioners who have prior experience with EMDR therapy.

The topics are based on common questions and stuck point that therapists raise in consultation with Catherine in her work as an EMDR Consultant. Topics include:

  • A closer look at the Adaptive Information Processing Model
  • EMDR, Attachment and Dissociation
  • Choosing Negative and Positive Cognitions
  • Doing Resourcing Well
  • Using Cognitive Interweaves
  • Using Future Templates
  • Dealing with Blocked Processing
  • Using Bilateral Stimulation Progressively
  • Mobilising Self Compassion
  • EMDR and Values

For more details, click here:

You can sample the training with this FREE introductory video:

Advanced Topics in EMDR Therapy

In this talk that runs just over an hour, Catherine provides a detailed look at the adaptive information processing model and its therapeutic mechanics, demonstrating how to formulate complex cases with clarity. She takes a close look at common areas of confusion and stuck points for EMDR therapists, and introduces a framework for resolving these processing difficulties. In the more detailed training that follows, Catherine will address common challenges for EMDR Therapy practitioners, and present specific strategies to resolve these difficulties using case examples from her own work.

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Ongoing Professional Development Requirements for Psychologists

The information below has been gathered from the PsyBA. The AAPi recommends you also review the information provided by the PsyBA:

When you apply for full registration you will be required to commit to completing the requirements for Continuous Professional Development (CPD).

1. You need to develop a learning plan that:

  • is based on a skills and knowledge self-assessment;
  • identifies areas for development or improvement;
  • sets learning objectives; and 
  • enhances life-long learning.

2. You must complete a minimum of 30 hours of CPD activities annually during the period 1 December until 30 November. At least 10 of these hours must be peer consultation. Pro rata requirements If, when you apply to renew your general registration, you have held general registration for less than 12 months of the period 1 December to 30 November, you must have completed 2.5 hours of CPD for every full month that you held general registration, and one third of the pro-rata CPD must be peer consultation. Your CPD activities should be relevant to your area of professional practice and have clear learning aims and objectives that meet your individual requirements.

The activities should:

  • be outcome-focused;
  • seek to ensure continued competence in your area of practice and, if relevant, develop skills and knowledge in a new area of practice; and
  • seek to ensure activities have contributed to the quality of your practice, which results in the maintenance of high-quality client services.

3. You must maintain an up-to-date CPD portfolio that includes:

  • your learning plan (see point 1);
  • an activity log of all CPD activities;
  • written reflection for each activity, including how it relates to your professional development goals; and
  • any receipts, tax invoices or certificates of attendance to verify participation in CPD activities, when applicable.

You must maintain your CPD portfolio for five years in case you are audited.

Please refer to the PsyBA for more information:

A template of requirements can be downloaded here: CPD Template

We recommend members set-up a spreadsheet and complete information after each PD session. There are also a range of Apps on the market that also record PD information such as Ausmed Please note that AAPi has no commercial relationship with Ausmed.