Louise Hayes


Dr Louise Hayes,

Clinical Psychologist, MAPS,

B.A., B.App.Sci (Hons), PhD (with Clinical Masters)

Louise is a clinical psychologist. She works as an academic at the Orygen Youth Research Centre, University of Melbourne and has research interests in adolescent, child and parent mental health and wellbeing. Louise is also an ACT Trainer who is part of the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science (ACBS) training community. She also works as a clinical psychologist in private practice at The Elms Family Medical Centre in Bacchus Marsh Victoria.

Louise has a background in applied behaviour analysis, and since 2004 has combined this with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Her expertise is working with children, adolescent and parents. She also has a strong interest in working with past trauma. General information for the public on ACT can be found under the ‘what is ACT’ section.

For professionals interested in ACT. Louise works to develop treatments for adolescents. Recent key aspects of Louise’s work include being the principal investigator for research funded by beyondblue. This involved developing and testing ACT for adolescents with depression. It included training and supervision of mental health professionals from public mental health services and secondary schools, as well as direct delivery of group and individual treatment with adolescents.

Prior to this, Louise was instrumental in the development of the CAMHS and Schools Together (CAST) service in the Grampians Region of Victoria. As team leader of this initiative, Louise developed treatment programs and protocols for children with disruptive behaviour disorders, their parents, teachers, and school personnel. Over the course of the program many hundreds of teachers and school personnel received CAST professional training. The CAST service was an initiative of the Mental Health Branch of the Department of Human Services. Originally developed as a three-year pilot, the CAST model is now a recurrent service and has been replicated as a model program across Victoria.


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