ASH 2017 Congress

The 2017 ASH Conference will be held from Thursday 7th – Sunday 10th September 2017 at Kingfisher Island Resort, Fraser Island, QLD.


Dr Eric Willmarth Ph.D. – The Voices of Pain-Addressing Chronic Pain in Clinical Practice

Brian Allen – Changing the Word in the Heart: When the Word in the Heart Changes, Changes Becomes Easy 

This address provides some new perspectives on the change process. It draws on the presenter’s 39 years of clinical experience in full time private practice as well as recent research findings. It examines a range of factors that influence human behaviour and outlines some practical techniques that can be used to create those moments that facilitate change.


Dr Eric Willmarth Ph.D. – Integrative Pain Management: Hypnosis and Beyond

Brian Allen Changing the Word in the Heart – Using Hypnosis to build resilience in clients who want to quit Smoking, Alcohol or Drugs

This workshop draws on the presenter’s 39 years of practical experience in helping people quit smoking, alcohol and drugs.

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It outlines a simple generic four session hypnotic approach aimed at improving successful outcomes and minimising withdrawal symptoms. It can be adapted to smoking, alcohol and drug addictions. It explores the connection between smoking and feelings and looks specifically at the role that anger and the “f… you, cigarette” play in maintaining smoking addictions.


Identify the common myths / fantasies that people use as a justification for continuing their addictions

3 objectives

At the end of the workshop participants will:

1. Understand 4 things that make a difference in overcoming an addiction.

2. Be aware of 2 key questions that can improve success rates.

3. Understand the role that denial and unresolved psychological issues play in maintaining addictions and know how to help the client overcome these issues.


Brian Allen

Brian Allen is a graduate of the University of Western Australia and a Registered Psychologist in full time private practice in Perth, Western Australia. He is a Past President of The Australian Society of Hypnosis Ltd, its current Treasurer and a Board Member of The International Society of Hypnosis. He has 39 years experience in the field of hypnosis both as a practitioner and a teacher. For the past 23 years he has conducted the Australian Society of Hypnosis`s training program in Western Australia. In addition he has been an invited presenter at state, national and international conferences

Dr Eric Willmarth Ph.D.

Eric K. Willmarth, Ph.D., is a fully licensed psychologist living with his wife Carol in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has two sons, Dr. Kevin Willmarth, a psychologist in Ohio and Alex Willmarth, who has his bachelor’s degree in psychology and is now attending Oakland University seeking his teaching certificate.

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Dr. Willmarth received his Bachelor’s Degree from William James College, his Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Michigan University, and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Fielding Graduate University. He is a past president of both the Michigan Society of Behavioral  Medicine and Biofeedback and the Michigan Society of Clinical Hypnosis. He is also the past president of the APA Division 30-Psychological Hypnosis and currently serves as President of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis.

Eric is Board Certified in Pain Management by the American Academy of Pain Management, a Fellow of the Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, an Approved Consultant of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and a member of the International Society of Hypnosis. He has been an adjunct professor at the Forest School of Professional Psychology and Western Michigan University. He is currently the Director of Training for Saybrook University’s College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences where he also serves as the Director of the Integrative Mental Health Specialization. He teaches the Advanced Hypnosis and the Advanced Biofeedback Practicum courses along with the Basic and Intermediate Hypnosis Courses at Saybrook.

Eric is the founder and president of Michigan Behavioral Consultants (, a group psychology and social work practice focused on pain management and behavioral health. The group offers multiple forms of therapy and psychological testing services at locations throughout Michigan.

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ASH 2017 Congress registration is now open. Please read the registration information below in full before registering. We have been please to appoint Expert Events as our Conference Secretariat

Please use the below link to register online. You will receive immediate confirmation of your registration along with a tax invoice via email.

Registration fees

Registration fees are per person and include lunch, morning and afternoon teas on the three days of the Congress, and the Cocktail party on Thursday evening. Delegate registration includes the Cocktail party only.

Registration fees are based on the date of receipt of payment (not the registration date). All prices are in Australian dollars and are inclusive of GST.

 Registration Type Super early bird registration
(by 30 April 2017)
Early bird registration
(by 30 June 2017)
Standard registration
(after 30 June 2017)
Member registration $690 $790 $890
Non-member registration $790 $890 $990
Day registration $450 $450 $450
Student* registration $500 $500 $500


 Social Functions
Welcome Drinks Included for all registered delegates
Partner ticket: $65

*Student registration is available for full-time students who hold a current student identification card. To be eligible you will need to provide a copy of your student ID card or a written statement from your supervisor verifying your student status to

Payment of registration fees

Registration fees can be paid after registering for the conference.

Registration cancellation and refund policy

Cancellations must be advised in writing to the Congress Secretariat. The following refund policy applies to all registrations: before 1 August 2017: 75% refund; 1 August to 14 August 2017: 50% refund; after 14 August 2017: not eligible for a refund.

Accommodation & transfers

Once you have completed your registration, the next step will be to secure your accommodation, return ferry passage (walk on passenger or vehicle), and airport transfers from Hervey Bay Airport (if applicable). Kingfisher Bay Resort has created a link for you to complete these bookings all at once directly with them: Remember to mention the ASH Conference for a special rate on accommodation, if you require transport from the airport (if applicable) and flight and arrival time.

Please note that this is separate to your congress registration.


Kingfisher Bay Resort, on the World Heritage listed Fraser Island, offers modern accommodation just a three minute walk from the beach.

There are a limited number of rooms reserved for delegates at the below very good rates until 8 July 2017. After this date, rooms will be subject to availability.

Room rates per night (all rates are nett)

Resort hotel room (run of house) $159
Standard king room $229
King spa room $259

Check-in is available from 2:00pm and check-out is prior to 10:00am.

Full payment is required by 8 August 2017 and there will be no cancellations after this date. Please note that the Resort has a 1.5% credit card surcharge.

The Resort requires all delegate accommodation bookings be finalised by 8 August 2017. Accommodation bookings are each delegate’s own responsibility.

Food and beverage

Full buffet breakfast: $24 (pre-booked rate)


Wi-Fi per room, per day: $12


Ferry – Return walk on passenger: $38

Return airport transfers ex Hervey Bay: $20

Ferry – Return vehicle transfers: $165 per vehicle, including driver and 3 passengers.


For any queries regarding registration, please email the Congress Secretariat, Expert Events, via or call 07 3848 2100.

For any queries regarding accommodation or transfers through Kingfisher Bay Resort, please call the Reservations department at 1800FRASER.

For any queries regarding the congress program, please email