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Experience ACAP first-hand with free live online sessions led by ACAP educators.

Expand your mind and immerse yourself in learning as we guide you through new concepts, fascinating case studies and intriguing research in counselling, criminology, psychology or social work.

Places limited and our Experience ACAP sessions are popular so reserve your spot today. For information on upcoming sessions and to register your choice(s), see below.



Wednesday October 14 - 2 pm - 3 pm

Welfare Reform:  From Assistance to Behaviour Modification

The populism turn in Australian politics provided perfect conditions for the rise of authoritarian approaches to welfare. This session will describe how opportunistic conservative politics, voter dissatisfaction and tech-enabled surveillance came together to shift our approach to welfare from assistance-focused and grounded in universal rights to compliance-focused, punitive, tech-enabled and reminiscent of the cultural education camps of totalitarian regimes.

 It will spotlight the infrastructure put into place to monitor and enforce compliance: The Targeted Compliance Framework (TCF) and Conditional Income Management (CIM), both core mechanisms responsible for the shift.  The session will summarise the role of human services in moderating the impact of this welfare regime.


Wednesday October 14 - 3 pm - 4 pm

Neuroscience and Counselling (Booked out)

The field of neuroscience offers exciting proof as to why counselling and psychotherapy works.  This talk will present some of the links between good counselling practice and brain science, including the all-important therapeutic relationship.  It will cover everything from Freud to contemporary mindfulness practice.  


Thursday October 15 - 2 pm - 3 pm

What Makes a Victim? 

What is a victim? Why do we differentiate between victims and survivors? Can someone be born a victim? In this session, we’ll investigate the nature of victimhood, including who and what makes a victim. In doing so, we’ll examine the varying impacts of crime on victims and the different ways people can respond to victimisation. We’ll also consider how some victims are perceived differently by society, why this is the case, and the impact of such perceptions on victims themselves, as well as offenders and crime.


Thursday October 15 - 3 pm - 4 pm

Would you electrocute a stranger if you were authorised to?

Obeying authority has become a major talking point in the age of COVID-19. Authority figures (e.g., police, politicians, senior health officials, etc.) are constantly issuing guidelines for appropriate behaviour: hand washing, wearing masks, social distancing, not travelling too far, and so on. Some people are consistent in following the directions given, others completely ignore advice, and a small number of people seem to take particular pride in publicly flaunting their breaking of the rules. In this context, this talk will reflect on one of the most famous (some would say infamous) studies in the history of psychology: Stanley Milgram’s experiments on obedience to authority