Psychological Interventions in Physical Health

Scientific Workshop

Conference Participants

Academic Programme

Social Programme

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THEME

The theme of the meeting is “Psychological Interventions in Physical Health: Identifying core mechanisms”. Forty leading international researchers in the psychosomatic field will meet in the informal atmosphere of the
Cook Islands.


VENUE
The conference will be held at the Pacific Resort on the
island of Rarotonga. Rarotonga is located in the centre of the Cook Islands and is a circular island almost completely surrounded by a reef. The island is 32 miles in circumference and has two main roads. The Cook Islands comprises two main groups of islands spread over a large part of the South Pacific Ocean. The Cooks are located to the east of Fiji and to the west of Tahiti. The Cooks have a total population of 18,000 people with about half the population living on Rarotonga. Some more information on the Cook Islands is available at:
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/destinations/pacific/cook_islands/
http://www.ck/
http://www.cinews.co.ck/

The Pacific Resort is located on Muri Beach in six acres of tropical gardens. Muri beach is the best tropical beach on Rarotonga and the resort has complimentary kayaks, row boats and snorkelling gear for guests to use and explore the water. You will be staying in one or two bedroom garden apartments on a twin share basis. Click here and follow the links to Pacific Resort to see a virtual tour.


DEBATE
Click here for details of the conference debate.

Contact webmaster: Liz Broadbent

Conference Participants

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Jamie Pennebaker
John Weinman
Kav Vedhara
Rob Horne
Simon Wessely
Arthur Barsky
Keith Petrie
Josh Smyth
Mike Antoni
Winfried Rief
Trudie Chalder
Ad Kaptein
Susan Michie
AnnMarie Groarke
Michael Sharpe
Else Guthrie
Kathy Davison
Cheryl Koopman
Tracey Revenson
Bob Lewin
Ruth Curtis
Paul Norman
Mary Jane Rotheram
Paul Bennett
Per Fink
Hege Erikson
Rona Moss-Morris
Rob Kydd
Bjarte Stubhaug
Liz Broadbent
Geraldine Meechan
Janet Peters
Hine Elder
Roger Booth
Liz Painter
Dianna North 
Rachael Powell 
Simon Hatcher
Ruth Arcus

University of Texas
Guys Medical School London
MRC Research Unit Bristol
University of Brighton
Kings College, London
Harvard University
University of Auckland
Syracuse University
University of Miami
University of Marburg, Germany
Kings College, London
University of Leiden, Netherlands
University College, London
National University of Ireland, Galway
University of Edinburgh
University of Manchester
Human Asset, New York
Stanford University
City University of New York
University of York
National University of Ireland, Galway
University of Sheffield
UCLA
University of Wales Medical School
Aarhus University, Denmark
University of Bergen, Norway
University of Auckland
University of Auckland
Norwegian College of Psychiatrists
University of Auckland
University of Auckland
Health Research Council, Auckland
Auckland Hospital
University of Auckland
Greenlane Hospital, Auckland
New Zealand Heart Foundation
University of Auckland
University of Auckland

Private practice, Waikato, NZ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Academic Programme

 DAY ONE MONDAY MARCH 31

11.30 am

WELCOME

 

Keith Petrie, Hinemoa Elder

 

Dr Roro Daniels, Ministry of Health, Cook Islands

 

12.00pm - 1.30pm

SCIENTIFIC SESSION ONE

 

PSYCHONEUOIMMUNOLOGY AND HEALTH OUTCOMES

Chair:

Paul Norman

SPEAKERS

 

John Weinman

Stress and speed of wound healing: does emotional writing help?

Liz Broadbent

Does stress affect wound healing after surgery?

Kav Vedhara

Emotional Disclosure in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Roger Booth

Short and long-term immune changes following emotional writing

DISCUSSANTS

 

Jamie Pennebaker & Mike Antoni

 

1.30pm-2.30pm

 

LUNCH

 

2.30pm-4.30pm

SCIENTIFIC SESSION TWO

 

PSYCHOLOGICAL INTERVENTIONS IN PHYSICAL HEALTH

Chair:

Michael Sharpe

SPEAKERS

 

Mike Antoni

Psychosocial Intervention in Persons Dealing with Cancer: Rationale, Empirical Support, and Proposed Health-Related Mechanisms

Arthur Barsky

Cognitive/behavioral treatment of pain and disability in rheumatoid arthritis

Else Guthrie

Interpersonal therapies for somatisation: predictors of outcome and mechanisms of change

Hege Eriksen

Physical exercise as a psychological treatment

Bob Lewin

Cardiac misconceptions and coping in patients with chronic stable angina

DISCUSSANTS

 

Simon Wessely and Diana North

 

4.30pm

DRINKS

 

DAY TWO TUESDAY APRIL 1

  11.30am-1.30pm

SCIENTIFIC SESSION THREE

 

LANGUAGE - WRITING AND HEALTH CHANGES

Chair:

Mary Jane Rotheram

SPEAKERS

 

Jamie Pennebaker

Tracking thoughts and feelings in the wake of 9/11

Cheryl Koopman

Effects of Narrative Writing on Symptoms of Pain, Depression and PTSD in Women Abused by Intimate Partners

Rob Horne

The effects of emotional writing after myocardial infarction

Kathy Davison

The language of suffering: disclosure and support seeking patterns in patient groups

DISCUSSANTS

Josh Smyth & Susan Michie

 

 

1.30pm-2.30pm

 

LUNCH

 

2.30pm-4.30pm

SESSION FOUR

 

IMPROVING PSYCHOLOGICAL INTERVENTIONS

Chair:

Rona Moss-Morris

SPEAKERS

 

Mary Jane Rotheram

Taking behavioural interventions to scale

Tracey Revenson

Psychosocial interventions in physical health: Lessons from a community psychololgy/social-ecological perspective

Josh Smyth

Identifying intervention mechanisms in the natural environment: The use of “on-line” assessments.

Paul Norman

Understanding and changing health behaviour

Ad Kaptein

Identifying core mechanisms in psychological interventions in physical health: Illness perceptions - have they done it?

DISCUSSANTS

Else Guthrie & Winfried Rief

 

 

4.30pm

DRINKS

 

DAY THREE WEDNESDAY APRIL 2


11.30am-1.30pm

SESSION FIVE

 

REASSURANCE

Chair:

Ruth Curtis

SPEAKERS

 

Susan Michie

Predictive genetic testing: Understanding why negative test results sometimes fail to reassure

Simon Wessely

Do investigations really reassure? A randomised controlled trial of MRI for chronic headache

Keith Petrie

Using patient drawings to understand illness perceptions: a new low cost imaging technique

Paul Bennett

The use of a brief distraction technique as a coping strategy during cancer genetic assessment

Malcolm Johnson

Reducing pain related fear: is talking enough?

DISCUSSANTS

 

John Weinman & Per Fink

 

1.30pm-2.30pm

 

LUNCH

 

2.30pm-4.30pm

SESSION SIX

 

FUNCTIONAL DISORDERS

Chair:

Rob Kydd

SPEAKERS

 

Mike Sharpe

“Psychiatry! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing!”

Per Fink

Finding a valid classification for functional somatic syndromes: results from intensive study of 987 patients

Rona Moss-Morris

Psychosocial risk factors for irritable bowel symptoms following camplylobacter gastroenteritis: A prospective investigation

Trudie Chalder

Cognitive behavioural therapy and antispasmodic therapy for irritable bowel syndrome in primary care: a randomised controlled trial.

Winfried Rief

Non-insight minimal and maximal interventions for maximally annoying patients

DISCUSSANTS

Arthur Barsky & Bjarte Stubhaug

 

 

4.30pm

DRINKS

 

 

 

 

Social Programme

 

SUNDAY MARCH 30
Welcome BBQ and Party
Meet your fellow conference participants at an informal Island BBQ and party at the resort. Music provided by the conference band featuring Mike “chops” Antoni and Rob “fingers” Horne plus special guests.

MONDAY MARCH 31

Sundowner drinks at the Barefoot Bar
Dinner at Local restaurants

TUESDAY APRIL 1
Conference Dinner
The evening starts with pre-dinner cocktails on nearby Motu Island. The conference dinner features the Great Rarotonga Debate with teams lead by Simon Wessley and James Pennebaker.


WEDNESDAY APRIL 2
Sundowner drinks at the Barefoot Bar
Rarotonga Conference Awards
Dinner at Local restaurants


THURSDAY APRIL 3
Optional day trip to Aitutaki


Aitutaki is 160 miles north of Rarotonga. The atoll features a turquoise clear lagoon (approximately 7 miles wide and 10 miles long) which is dotted with coral heads and boasts wonderful snorkeling on the reef areas.
The tour departs from
Rarotonga Airport at 8am and returns at 6.30pm. Transport is provided from the hotel. The trip includes an island tour, lagoon cruise aboard the 21 metre catamaran Titi-ai-tonga and barbeque lunch. Towels and snorkelling gear are provided. It is recommended you bring a light change of clothes and sunscreen. Click on the links below to find out more:

http://www.aitutaki.com/
http://www.ck/aitutaki.htm

Click here to see who's going


Farewell Conference Party

8pm Barefoot Bar and Sandals restaurant – farewell participants leaving early Friday morning for
Los Angeles.

 

FRIDAY APRIL 4TH
Optional nature walk

Click here for further details of walk

 

DAILY BEACH ACTIVITIES



Pacific Resort Rarotonga is situated on Muri Beach - Rarotonga's best spot for watersports. As well as the hotel freshwater swimming pool we have a wide range of beachsport equipment including snorkeling gear and kayaks. These are complimentary to houseguests and are available from our Beach Hut adjacent to the Barefoot Bar. The Beach hut is open every day and our team of beach attendants will assist with your needs to enjoy our beach and lagoon.

Everyday there are different activities posted on the beach hut notice board. The hotel activities team also operate our 8.5 metre Glass Bottom Lagoon Cruiser with scheduled excursions daily except on Sundays offering a Snorkeling cruise with lunch provided, Fishing cruise, Sunset Cocktail Cruise and a Night Snorkeling Cruise. We also have an On-Site Windsurfing School. There is a charge for the tuition but it makes for easier transition when you go to the real stuff....We find that once you have gone through the training on our land based simulator, you spend more time enjoying the thrill of wind surfing on the lagoon. Rental windsurfers and sail boats are also available adjacent to the Rarotonga Sailing Club located 50 metres along the beach from the Hotel.

A range of island tours and trips may be arranged from our tour desk at the front office, including island tours, scuba diving, snorkeling trips, flight-seeing, cultural shows, tennis, bowls and golf. Rental Cars and Bikes may be hired.
An Island Bus Stop is located outside - buses circumnavigate the island in both directions on a frequent service.
We have a 24 hour Reception desk.

 

Optional nature walk

 

The best way to explore Rarotonga's mountainous interior on foot is in the company of a blond, dreadlocked Cook Islander named Pa (tel. 21-079), who leads mountain and nature walks. Along the way he points out various wild plants, such as vanilla, candle nuts, mountain orchids, and the shampoo plant, and their everyday and medicinal uses in the days before corned beef and pharmacies. Wear good walking or running shoes and bring a bathing suit (for a dip in an ancient pool once used by warriors). The nature walk takes 3 1/2 hours.

Bookings for this trip will be taken at the hotel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Optional Aitutaki Day Trip

 

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Who's going to Aitutaki?

Keith Petrie
Arthur and Susan Barsky
Elizabeth Broadbent
Geraldine Meechan
Rona Moss Morris
John Weinman
Trudie Chalder
Susan Michie
Rob Kydd
James Pennebaker
Malcolm Johnson
AnnMarie Groarke
Ruthe Curtis
Simon Wessley and family
Paul Norman
Hege Eriksen
Winifred Rief
Michael Antoni
Tracey Revenson
Per Fink
Mary Jane Rotheram
Roger Booth
Bjarte Stabhaug

 

Los Angeles to Rarotonga Flight

 

sWho's on your flight?

NZ 53 Los Angeles to Rarotonga

Kathy Davison
Simon Wessely
Michael Sharpe
AnnMarie Groake
Ruth Curtis
Jamie Pennebaker
Joshua Smyth
Tracey Revenson
Else Guthrie
Cheryl Koopman
Susan Michie
Michael Antoni
Mary Jane Rotheram
Paul Bennett
Per Fink
Hege Erikson
Bjarte Stubhaug
Paul Norman
Ad Kaptein
Winfried Rief

 

 Kia Orana!

 

The Cook Islands consist of 15 islands scattered over 850,000 square miles of the pacific, close to the center of the Polynesian triangle. Rarotonga is the largest of the Cook Islands and offers a Mecca for rest and relaxation.

One of the best tropical destinations the world is starting to discover, offering the traveler a small, accessible country with distinctive warmth
and hospitality. The Cook Islands have attitude - true relaxed Polynesia. You'll feel part of their family, a place where every visitor is treated as a friend.

Find out more about the idyllic islands that make up The Cook Islands and what they have to offer...

 

 

AFTER DINNER DEBATE

"There is no reason for Texas"

 

 

Chair: John Weinman

Affirmative:
Simon Wessely (Captain)
Tracey Revensen
Bob Lewin

Contrary:
James W. Pennebaker (Head honcho)
Keith Petrie
Rob Horne

 

 

Print this Fact sheet on A4 or letter stock paper (return to PACIFIC RESORT Main page) http://cookpages.com/PacificResortandVillas/ 

The Pacific Resort and Villas

A Special Place on Muri Beach, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

The Pacific Resort and Villas are superbly located in the village of Muri, fronting a beautiful white sand beach and turquoise lagoon. Conveniently situated on the Bus line, just 10 minutes from Avarua township and 15 minutes from the International Airport. Within walking distance of local markets, and places to eat as the Flame Tree or Sails Restaurants and just a 10 minute bus or motor bike ride to the Famous Trader Jacks Seafood Restaurant."

Your Home in Paradise

  • An intimate collection of rooms carefully decorated and presented for your comfort.
  • Tropical decor, fresh bright colors, air circulation fans, kitchens for self catering,spacious lounges, private and separate bedrooms, private lanais
  • Add to these the extras that matter....like hair dryers, telephones, fresh picked flowers, or a cold beer.

Restaurant and Bar

Sandals Restaurant Open daily from 7.30 to 10.30am for your complimentary daily Island breakfasts. From 6.30 to 10.00pm in the evening with a fine a la carte meal.

We feature theme dinners during the week including: Friday Island Night with local food, dancing and entertainment.... Beach BBQ Night on Tuesdays..... Sunday Roast Carvery and Buffet .... Wednesdays' Completely Seafood Night.

The Barefoot Bar and Terrace Right next to Sandals overlooks beautiful Muri Beach and Lagoon....a dream setting any time of the day for your favorite beverage, snacks and light meals.

We will also arrange your picnic lunches, private parties and special celebration and catering needs.

ROOM INVENTORY

A total of 53 rooms - One that is just what you are looking for:

Garden 1 bedroom - 28 (maximum 3 persons) Garden 2 bedroom - 8 (maximum 5 persons) Beachside 1 bedroom - 6 (maximum 3 persons) Beachfront 1 bedroom - 4 (maximum 3 persons) Garden villas - 4 (maximum 5 persons) Lagoon villas - 3 (maximum 5 persons)

Equipped with : *IDD Telephones. *Air Circulation Fans. *Private Facilities. *Radio / Alarm Clocks. *Self Catering Facilities. *Tea and Coffee facilities. *King size and single beds. *Full Daily Housekeeping Services.

2002 Rates Good until 31 March 2003.

xtra person

* 1 bedroom garden unit.

$295 single/twin

$45

* 2 bedroom garden unit.

$345single/twin.

$45

A/C

 

 

1 bedroom garden unit.

$350 single/twin.

$54

* Beachfront unit.

$455 single/twin.

$54

* Garden Villa.

$560 single/twin.

$54

* Lagoon Villa

$620 single/twin.

$82

* Beachfront Villa

$690 single/twin.

$82

* Children under 12 years FOC sharing room with parents. *Include daily Island Breakfasts. * Free use of water activities. *Return airport transfers.* Complimentary fruit and juice on arrival.

 

Meal Plan; AP - $98 pp perday. (BFK, lunch and dinner)

 

* Cancellation Policy - Over 30 days: No fee. - 30 to 14 days: 1 night accommodation fee. - 14 to 0 days: 2 night accommodation fee.

 

* Deposits; A 2 night accommodation charge is required as a deposit. A valid credit card no. will guarantee the reservation.

Check-in time is 12.00noon. Check-out time is 10.00am.

FOR RESERVATIONS AND INFORMATION

The Pacific Resort and Villas PO Box 790, Rarotonga, Cook Islands, South Pacific. Telephone: ( 682) 20427. Fax: (682) 21427 E.mail: thomas@pacificresort.co.ck

For corrections & comments contact

Jim Bruce - Sales & Marketing Rarotonga Cook Islands - South Pacific