Background

Dr Rebekah Doley’s career began in Organisational Psychology where she gained experience in:

  • Recruitment
  • Selection
  • Training
  • Personnel development
  • Project management.

Rebekah then trained in Clinical Psychology, later expanding into Forensic Psychology to specialise in:

  • Criminal behaviour analysis.
  • The psychology of deliberate fire-setting.
  • Consulting nationally and overseas on the issue of serial arson and its management in communities.

Rebekah’s experience covers a range of community-based clinical and forensic psychology services. She works on general mental health and well-being issues with:

  • Individuals and couples
  • Aged care facilities in training staff, carers and residents.

Rebekah also coordinated the Australian Defence Force National Suicide Prevention Program for several years.

She developed associated peer-support training for Command and other personnel in Navy, Army and Air Force.

For 20 years as a military psychologist, Rebekah provided a range of:

  • Clinical and assessment services
  • Policy development
  • Research and project management
  • Advising command
  • Delivering debriefings for military and associated personnel.

Rebekah is an inspirational keynote speaker with lecture tours in NZ, UK, USA, and regular keynote addresses at domestic and international academic and industry conferences.

Her professional commentary is widely sought after by national and international media for her subject-matter expertise.

Featured trainings include:

  • Workshops on law and ethics for mental health practitioners
  • Presentations to judges on arson assessment and treatment
  • Seminars to juvenile justice, community corrections and prison services on offender risk management
  • Relationships
  • Helping people transitioning through life changes.

Dr Rebekah Doley adheres to the strict standards set and monitored by the

Australian Psychological Society (APS) in the APS Code of Ethics and the APS Charter for Clients.

Speaker Engagements: Selected Keynote/Invited

2016

  • Gold Coast District Law Association– Invited Speaker (Qld). “Practical strategies for maximising mental health and well-being in the practice of law.”

2015

  • Mental Health Professionals Central Coast Network– Invited Speaker (Qld). “Best practice in avoiding ‘notifiable conduct’ in Australia.
  • DCS Research Agenda– Invited Speaker (SA). “Best practice in managing deliberate firesetters in Australia.

2014

  • Southern Cross University ColloquiumThe treatment of juvenile/adult firesetters.
  • SA JudiciaryArsonists – Mad or Bad? Best practice in managing deliberate firesetters in Australia.
  • The Director of Public Prosecutions(SA) “Arsonists – Mad or Bad? Best practice in managing deliberate firesetters in Australia.

2013

  • South Australian Magistrates Annual Conference– Invited Speaker (SA) “ASPD &Psychopathy.

2012

  • Aust Assoc Fire Investigators 2012– Invited Speaker (Vic) “Out of the Ashes Confronting Serial Arson in Australia.

2011

  • Prisoners Review Board and Mentally Impaired Accused Review Board– Invited Speaker (WA). “Treating arsonists.
  • Western Australia Corrective Services– Invited Speaker.
  • Western Australia Police (Arson Squad)– Invited Speaker.
  • Australian Psychological Society College of Forensic Psychologists (WA Branch)– Invited Speaker.

2010

  • South Australian Magistrates Annual Conference– Invited Speaker (SA) “Sentencing Issues for Magistrates.
  • National Sentencing Conference (The National Judicial College of Australia and the ANU College of Law)– Invited Speaker (ACT). “Arsonists in our midst.
  • Collaborating for change: Symposium advancing bushfire arson prevention in Australia– Invited Speaker. “Risk Assessment.

2009

  • South Australian Magistrates Annual Conference– Invited Speaker (SA). “Arson offenders: Sentencing considerations”.
  • Child and Youth Forensic Outreach Service, Queensland Forensic Mental Health Service Seminar Series– Invited Speaker. “The secret life of an arsonist”.

2007

  • Cost Of Fire 2007 / Arson Profiling Workshop– Invited Speaker (NSW)

2006

  • 4th International Juvenile Firesetters Intervention Conference– Keynote Speaker (UK)
  • Inaugural Bush Fire Arson Investigation Seminar– Keynote Speaker (WA)

2005

  • CFS Seminar Series – Inside the mind of an arsonist– Keynote Speaker (SA)

2004

  • FireWatch 3rd International Conference– Keynote Speaker (US)

2003

  • Fire & Emergency Services of Western Australia WildFire Forum 2003– Keynote Speaker (WA)

2002

  • Victorian Association of Fire Investigators Inc– Keynote Speaker (Vic)

2001

  • New South Wales Fire Investigator Training– Invited Speaker (NSW)

2000

  • United Fire Brigade Association Annual Conference– Keynote Speaker (NZ)
  • New Zealand Fire Service (NZ). Executive training– Invited Speaker (NZ)

1999

  • United Fire Brigade Association Annual Conference– Keynote Speaker (NZ)
  • Emergency Services Department– Invited Speaker (Qld)

1998

  • Attorney General’s Department– Invited Speaker (SA)
  • Australasian Fire Authority Council International Conference– Invited Speaker (Tas)
  • Country Fire Authority– Invited Speaker (Vic)

1997

  • Department for Correctional Services– Invited Speaker (SA)
  • Country Fire Service– Invited Speaker (SA)

Speaker Engagements: Selected Other

2015

  •  Australia and New Zealand Psychiatry, Psychology and Law Annual Congress
  • Individual Research Paper (ACT)

2012

  • Australia and New Zealand Psychiatry, Psychology and Law Annual Congress
  • Individual Research Paper (Vic)
    Evaluating the Treatment of Fire-Setting in Australia
  • ACART Launch Presentation (Qld)

2011

  • Bond University Professional Forum (Vic)

2010

  • 27th International Congress of Applied Psychology (Vic) – Individual Research Paper. Two papers accepted:Treating arson offenders – challenges, pitfalls and joys” and “Putting the pieces together – exploring the way forward in risk assessment of arson offenders”.
  • Australia and New Zealand Psychiatry, Psychology and Law Congress, Gold Coast (Qld) – Individual Research Paper Two papers accepted:“Treating arson offenders – challenges, pitfalls and joys” and “Putting the pieces together – exploring the way forward in risk assessment of arson offenders”.

2009

  • Annual National Australian Psychological Society Conference (NT) – Individual Research Paper. “Linking like minds: Delivering mental health skills training to rural and remote practitioners”.
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