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Dr. Sandra E. S. Neil
Dr. Robert L. N. Silverberg

Dr. Sandra E. S. Neil, PhD, MA (Clinical Psychology), BA, BEd (Counselling), FAPS, is a registered psychologist, a clinical psychologist and an individual, group, marital and family psychologist. She is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society, and a member of the College of Clinical Psychology of the Australian Psychological Society. As World Area Chair and Past President of the International Council of Psychologists she chaired and has presented eminent psychologists work on Human Rights and Global World Summits since 1982 in Portugal Spain, England, China, USA, Canada, Israel, Taiwan Philippines and Australia, and is the Australian representative of the International Academy of Family Psychologists. She is a Director of The Satir Centre of Australia. Her biography has been published in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World 2011, and Who's Who in Medicine and the Health Sciences.

Dr. Neil is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society. A member of the International Council of Psychologists (ICP) since 1984, Dr Neil served as President in 1998, is currently World Area Chair Coordinator 2000-2007 and 2009-2012 and in 2010 was an invited keynote speaker at the International Association of Applied Psychologists Convention in Melbourne 2010 and ran the World Human Rights Summit with international peace psychologists. Dr. Neil is also Chair of the ICP International Relations and Human Rights Interest Group. Dr. Neil has chaired the ICP's Human Rights Summits annually from 1986 to the present, including the recent International Council of Psychologists (ICP) International Relations and Human Rights World Summit which was held at the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP) Conference in Melbourne July 2010. She acts as Liaison Correspondent for the International Council of Psychologists to the Australian Psychological Society.

Dr. Neil has over 40 years experience working as a clinical psychologist, family therapist and individual, marital and group psychotherapist. She has conducted professional workshops throughout the world. The Founder and Director of the Satir Centre of Australia, she is interested in a wide range of clinical problems and therapeutic approaches. She received specialized training in both psychiatry and psychology at St Vincent's Hospital, Prince Henry's Hospital, and the University of Melbourne, which awarded her a PhD for her research into psychotherapy in obesity and body image problems. She has worked internationally with many eminent psychologists and therapists, amongst whom are Dr. Virginia Satir (often called the 'Columbus of Psychotherapy'), Rollo May, Carl Whitaker, Erving Polster and Thomas Szasz.

Dr Sandra Neil and Dr Simonne Neil published "The Family Over 3 Continents and Four Generations" in 2001; and published (with Dr. Robert L. Silverberg) in 1995, "The Multicultural Family Chessboard", which describes a multicultural therapy method they have used with individuals, families and organisations in many countries. In 1997-2003 Dr Neil chaired and organised the "Depression Special Interest Project" for the Australian Psychological Society Victorian Branch; this resulted in a book published in late 2003, "Psychologists Working With Depression Across the Life Cycle," edited by Prof. S. Lancaster. In 2004 Dr Neil wrote a chapter for a Festschrift for Dr. Florence Kaslow in the American Journal of Family Therapy (Volume 15, Issues 1 & 2. 2004); which was published as the paper "The Family Chessboard and Projective Genogramming: Two Tools For Exploring Family Systems," by Hayworth Press, USA. In 2005 she contributed a chapter entitled "Enhancing Family Resilience: A Transgenerational Approach To Positive Change in Dysfunctional Families." in the book "Resilience for Today," edited by Dr. Edith Grotberg, Praeger, London.

On May 15th 2008 a Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations, was held in New York. This Conference commemorated the UN's International Day of the Family, and was entitled "The NGO Committee on the Family-Father's Roles and Responsibilities in the Family: Challenges and Opportunities." Held at the Dag Hammarskjold Auditorium at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, USA. Dr Sandra Neil was one of the Distinguished Invited Speakers, in addition to Prof. A.J. Franklin, PhD. Department of Counselling, Developmental & Educational Psychology, Boston College; Dr. Nurper Ulkuer, PhD., Chief, Early Development, UNICEF, a spokesperson from the Government of Austria, Dr Joseph Lao, PhD, President ADC International (an organisation concerned with parenting skills) and Adjunct Associate Professor, Human Development Department, Columbia University and Hunter College, New York. The moderators were the Co-Chairs of the UN's NGO Committee on the Family - Dr Harold Cook, PhD, of the International Union of Psychological Science and American Psychological Association; and Dr. Eva Sandis, PhD, of the International Council of Psychologists. Dr Neil presented a detailed clinical paper entitled "Fathering - a Job For Real Men (And In Some Measure, Women)."

Aware that people can be steeled by adversity, Dr Neil works towards enhancing the process of growth in the individual, and the family and the nation. She believes that therapy works best when it aims to heal the wounds, feed the emotional hungers, empower the self, and give freedom of choices to the person. "People can truly become their own responsible decision makers and have equality of value if they truly honour themselves and others."

For 2016:
Dr. Sandra Neil presents "Provocative New Ideas for Family Growth and Survival" at the United Nation NGO Committee on the Family, New York on 24th March 2016. This presentation will explore an array of strategies that could be utilised to strengthen the family unit.
Dr. Sandra Neil has also been invited to present at the 74th International Council of Psychologists Yokohama, Japan 24-29th of July, 2016. The 2016 Conference theme is "Psychology for World Equality, Access and Well-Being".
Dr Sandra Neil will present a 3 hour programme "Innovative Family Psychology: Toward Healthy Families 2020" at the first ever Australian Psychological Society Congress in Melbourne 13-16 September 2016. This Congress is set to be a major showcase for Psychology in Australia. Themed "United for the Future" the 2016 APS Congress culminates as a show of unity and strength of the profession celebrating growth of all the constituent sectors of psychology within Australia over the last 50 years.
Dr. Neil has been invited to be a member of the Scientific Committee for the Asian Psychological Association (APSYA) Annual Convention, to be held in Bali, Indonesia, 1-8 October 2016."

 

Dr. Robert L. N. Silverberg, MD, BS, BA, FAAFP, is a registered medical practitioner with substantial experience in the areas of psychological medicine, medical psychotherapy, professional counselling, and individual, group, marital and family therapy. He is a Director of the Satir Centre of Australia, and has served in the Departments of Psychiatry and Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Melbourne, at St. Vincent's Hospital. He is a member of the Medical Staff at Cabrini Hospital, Malvern.

Dr. Silverberg is a physician, psychotherapist, and family therapist with over 40 years of clinical experience. Born in America, he received his medical training and professional qualifications there. He has studied with many of the most prominent physicians, psychologists, and therapists during his own extensive career. In the USA, he served as Physician to the Hospital at the Reading Hospital and Medical Centre, Reading, Pennsylvania; and as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Temple University School of Medicine. He also served as a Medical Officer in the United States Navy, based both at large Naval Hospitals and at sea. In addition to his extensive work in the therapeutic model of Dr Virginia Satir, he has worked with other experts such as Milton Erickson, Salvador Minuchin, Carl Whitaker, and Joseph Wolpe. Over the years Dr Silverberg has lectured and conducted training workshops throughout Australia, America, Europe, Canada, the Middle East, and Asia. Some of his recent topics have included "Eclectic Psychotherapy," "The Art of Psychotherapy," "Culturally Congruent Psychotherapy," "The Psyche and The Soma" and "Strengthening Families." As well as his clinical work as Director of the Satir Centre of Australia, Dr. Silverberg has taught in the Medical School of the University of Melbourne in the Clinical School at St Vincent's Hospital. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, a Member of both the Australian Medical Association and the American Medical Association, and a Member of Society of Teachers of Family Medicine at Temple University Philadelphia USA.

Dr. Silverberg was the discussant at the recent International Council of Psychologists (ICP) International Relations and Human Rights World Summit which was held at the International Association of Applied Psychology Conference 2010 Melbourne. He was the discussant for the International Council of Psychologists Endangered People and Children World Summit held in 2013 in Indonesia.

As a medical practitioner with significant experience in psychological medicine, Dr. Silverberg believes that improved emotional and physical health results from a better understanding of self and others, within the context of a person's relationships, family and work. Dr. Silverberg's aim is for people to develop effective strategies for change, improved personal self-worth, and better family and professional communications and relationships. He has an enthusiastic interest in the relationship between physical and emotional health; and in personal, relationship, and family well-being.