Mr Grant Dewar

Mr Grant Dewar
 Position Adjunct Lecturer
 Org Unit Psychology
 Email grant.dewar@adelaide.edu.au
 Mobile +61 4 1786 9411
 Location Hughes ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    As a registered and endorsed Health Psychologist, I apply evidence-based practice in the delivery of psychological skills to the needs of individuals, families and communities.
    I have completed the requirements of a PhD and Master of Psychology (Clinical) as a well as a Master of Psychology (Health).

    As a researcher, health psychologist, educator, health and safety and welfare adviser and a human resource professional, I apply evidence-based practice to assist people to gain skills which can help improve their quality of life and to better function to achieve their life goals.
    I have a particular interest in developing new approaches allowing the effective application of psychological skills to real-life settings - one such area is self-forgiveness. In this area of focus I hope to allow people in a variety of life settings to apply readily generalisable skills to important life challenges in areas such as:
    • Dealing with life setbacks and adjusting to change
    • getting unstuck from procrastination which prevents important life action
    • living with chronic disease,
    • recovering from the disabling grief of the experience of suicide

    I am part of the lecturing team for Honours Psychology and previously in Learning and Behaviour. I lectured at TAFE SA in Work Health and Safety. I have recently tutored and lectured in psychology in Health and Lifespan Development and Learning and Behaviour


    My practice as a Health Psychologist has a focus on: health promotion, treatment of chronic diseases, the treatment of anxiety, depression, and the treatment of alcohol and drug use.

    I have successfully assisted a wide range of people in the community using a cooperative approach to psychological health. Community group include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, LGBTQI community members, Immigrants and refugees, those experiences complex grief and PTSD, survivors of abuse and those seeking assistance with adjustment to societal, family, economic and employment challenges.

     

  • Awards & Achievements

    Australian Postgraduate Award (2012-2017)

    July 2013   Encouraging Connections Small Grants Program Southern Adelaide Fleurieu Kangaroo Island Medicare Local - Presentation of Current Directions in ACT -  A Case study of Self Forgiveness and Relapse Prevention in Alcohol dependence.

    Undergraduate Health Science Research Scholarships 2009-2010, University of Adelaide, Faculty of Health Science, Research Secretariat. Supervisor: Dr Anna Ma-Wyatt, School of Psychology. Project:The contribution made by both visual and auditory systems to the identification, localisation and movement towards targets during rapid reaching, Date: October 2009 - March 2010

    Undergraduate Health Science Research Scholarships 2008-2009, University of Adelaide, Faculty of Health Science, Research Secretariat. Supervisor:Dr Carolyn Semmler, School of Psychology, Project:Developing a measure of professional scepticism in doctor-drug company interactions. Date: January - March 2009

    PhD, Master of Psychology (Clinical) University of Adelaide 2018
    Master of Psychology (Health) University of Adelaide 2011
    Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours/Psychology) University of Adelaide 2009
    Graduate Diploma of Psychology University of Adelaide 2008
    Diploma of Government (Injury Management) ASC Training and Development 2007
    Advanced Diploma of Government (OHS) MARC 2006
    Master of Education (Honours) University of Tasmania 2005
    Advanced Diploma of Government (Management) Precision Consultancy 2003
    Advanced Diploma of Government (Human Resources) Precision Consultancy 2003
    Diploma of Assessment and Training Systems Precision Consultancy 2003
    Assessment and Workplace Training Certificate IV Trison Business College 2003
    Small Business Management Certificate IV Mission Employment 1998
    Mediation Accreditation LEADR 1998
    Myers Briggs Type Indicator Professional Accreditation Institute for Type Development 1993
    Personnel Administration Certificate NSW TAFE 1984

  • Research Interests

    Health Psychology

    Clinical Psychology

    Forgiveness

    Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

    Relational Frame Theory

  • Publications


    Publications


    Gainsbury, S., Hing, N., Delfabbro, P., Dewar, G., & King, D. L. (2014). An exploratory study of interrelationships between social casino gaming, gambling, and problem gambling. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 1-18.

    Dewar, G., Strelan, P., & Delfabbro, P. (2017). The ACT of Self Forgiveness: A Principles-Based Response to Intrapersonal Offence. In https://contextualscience.org/wc15. Jennison, Michigan. Retrieved from https://contextualscience.org/

    Dewar, G. (2015). Religion and Spirituality and Transcendence The Imperatives for RFT Based Responses to Psychopathology and Psychotherapy which Address - Workable Self Forgiveness. In https://contextualscience.org/wc13. Jennison, Michigan. Retrieved from https://contextualscience.org/

    Dewar, G. (2015). The Challenges of Self Forgiveness - A Workshop that Provides ACT and RFT Based Responses to Produce Compassionate and Workable Responses to Struggle. In https://contextualscience.org/wc13. Jennison, Michigan: Association for Contextual Behavioural Science. Retrieved from https://contextualscience.org/

    Dewar, G. (2014). Making a Way - metaphor and language to provide a way for engagement in ACT therapy by Christians. In https://contextualscience.org/wc12_powerpoints_handouts. Jennison, Michigan: Association for Contextual Behavioural Science. Retrieved from https://contextualscience.org/

    Dewar, G. M. (2014). The ACT of Self Forgiveness: 7 steps to unburdening yourself and engaging with life. In https://contextualscience.org/wc12. Jennison, Michigan.
    Gainsbury, S., Hing, N., Delfabbro, P., Dewar, G., & King, D. (2014). An exploratory study of interrelationships between social casino gaming, gambling, and problem gambling. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 13(1), 136-153. doi:10.1007/s11469-014-9526-x

    Dewar, G., & Ma-Wyatt, A. (2013). Rapid pointing to targets cued with auditory or visual information. Poster session presented at the meeting of http://www.asep.com.au/Abstracts/abstracts_EPC2013.pdf. Adelaide.
    Dewar, G., Burke, A. L., Winefield, H., & Strelan, P. (2013). Forgiveness, psychological distress and chronic pain: have we missed something?. Poster session presented at the meeting of Proceedings of PainAdelaide: Bringing Heads Together for Chronic Pain. Adelaide, South Australia. Retrieved from http://www.bodyinmind.org/

    Dewar, G., Burke, A. L. J., Winefield, H., & Strelan, P. (2012). Forgiveness, Psychological Distress and Chronic Pain: Have We Missed Something?. Poster session presented at the meeting of Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) Post-Graduate Research Conference. Adelaide, Australia.
    Dewar, G., Burke, A. L. J., Winefield, H., & Strelan, P. (2012). Forgiveness, psychological distress & chronic pain: Have we missed something?. In Program of the 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting of Australian Pain Society. Melbourne, Australia.
    Dewar, G. M. (2011). The ACT of Self Forgiveness: A gateway to psychological flexibility?. In https://contextualscience.org/wc11_powerpoints_handouts. Jenison, Michigan: Association for Contextual Beahvioural Science. Retrieved from https://contextualscience.org/

     

     


    Unpublished papers


    Dewar, G., Strelan, P., & Delfabbro, P. (2017a). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and self-forgiveness in the treatment of anxiety and depression: A comparative study. Unpublished Journal Article. School of Psychology. The University of Adelaide. Adelaide, Australia.
    Dewar, G., Strelan, P., & Delfabbro, P. (2017b). The ACT of Self Forgiveness - a principles-based response to intrapersonal offence. Unpublished Journal Article The School of Psychology. The University of Adelaide. Adelaide, Australia.
    Dewar, G., Strelan, P., & Delfabbro, P. (2017c). The double-edged sword: how language creates a need for self-forgiveness. Unpublished Journal Article. The School of Psychology. The University of Adelaide. Adelaide, Australia.
    Dewar, G., Strelan, P., & Delfabbro, P. (2017d). Navigating the consequences of alcohol dependence: Self-Forgiveness and Psychological Flexibility. Case Study. Unpublished Journal Article. School of Psychology. University of Adelaide.
    Dewar, G., Strelan, P., & Delfabbro, P. (2017e). Recovery through Self-forgiveness - liver disease, substance use disorder and social anxiety. Case Study - Unpublished Journal Article. School of Psychology. University of Adelaide. Adelaide University.
    Dewar, G., Strelan, P., & Delfabbro, P. (2017f). Self-forgiveness and the ACT Matrix: responses to chronic pain and substance abuse within families. Case Study - Unpublished Journal Article. School of Psychology. Univeristy of Adelaide Adelaide, Australia.
    Dewar, G., Strelan, P., & Delfabbro, P. (2017g). A thematic analysis of practitioner perspectives on the application of a self-forgiveness intervention using ACT. Thematic Analysis - Unpublished Journal Article. The School of Psychology. University of Adelaide. Adelaide, Australia.


    Theses


    Dewar, G. (2005). A Case Study of Policy and Practice in Occupational Health and Safety in South Australia. Coursework Master Thesis, University of Tasmania
    http://eprints.utas.edu.au/274/, Course Work Master Thesis,

    Dewar, G, (2009), Audition Supports Vislon in the Localization of Targets and Connection of Goal-Directed Movements, University of Adelaide, Library.
    Dewar, G. (2011) Exploring the relationship of forgiveness to the experience of chronic pain and psychological distress at tertiary care intake. University of Adelaide, Library.
    Dewar, G (2018) A Principles-based Approach to ACT with Self-Forgiveness: New Approaches to Flexible Living. University of Adelaide Library.  https://digital.library.adelaide.edu.au/dspace/bitstream/2440/113093/6/01front.pdf

    Presentations


    Dewar, G. Burke, A.L.J. & Winefield, H (2012) Psychological distress and chronic pain: have we missed something? Free Paper Australian Pain Society 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting, 1 - 4 April 2012
    Dewar, G. (2013), The ACT of Self Forgiveness: A gateway to psychological flexibility? Symposium Presentation, Association for Contextual Behavioural Science (ACBS) World Conference XI, July 10-12, 2013
    Dewar, G., Venning, A., DelFabbro, P., and Strelan, P. (2013) Self Forgiveness - A Gateway to Psychological flexibility? School of Psychology, 2013, postgraduate research day, University of Adelaide.
    Dewar, G. (2014). Making a Way - Metaphor and language to provide a way for engagement in ACT therapy, free paper, ACBS 2014, World Conference Minnesota, 17-22 June 2014
    Dewar, G, Strelan, P. and Delfabbro, P. (2014). The ACT of Self forgiveness 7 steps to unburdening yourself and engaging with life, Three Hour Workshop, ACBS 2014 , World Conference, Minnesota, 17-22 June 2014
    Dewar, G, Strelan, P. and Delfabbro, P. (2014). The ACT of Self forgiveness 7 steps to unburdening yourself and engaging with life, Three Hour Workshop ACBS Australia New Zealand Chapter 2014 Annual Conference, Mooloolaba QLD, 15-19 October 2014.
    Dewar, G, Strelan, P. and Delfabbro, P. (2015) The Challenges of Self Forgiveness - A Workshop that Provides ACT and RFT Based Responses to Produce Compassionate and Workable Responses to Struggle One Hour Workshop, ACBS 2015, World Conference, Berlin, 14-19 July 2015
    Dewar, G (2015) Religion and Spirituality and Transcendence, and the Imperatives for RFT Based Response to Psychopathology and Psychotherapy which Address Workable Self Forgiveness, Free paper Symposium, ACBS 2015, World Conference, Berlin, 14-19 July 2015
    Dewar, G, Strelan, P. and Delfabbro, P. (2015) The Challenges of Self Forgiveness - A Workshop that Provides ACT and RFT Based Responses to Produce Compassionate and Workable Responses to Struggle One Hour Workshop, ACBS 2015, World Conference, Berlin, 14-19 July 2015
    Dewar, G, Strelan, P. and Delfabbro, P. (2017) The ACT of Self-Forgiveness A Principles-Based Response to Intrapersonal Offence, 75 min Workshop ACBS Annual World conference 2017 Sevilla, Spain.

    Posters


    Dewar, G., Burke, A., Winefield H., Strelan, P. (2013), Forgiveness, psychological distress and chronic pain: have we missed something? PainAdelaide 2013 Poster
    http://www.bodyinmind.org/resources/posters/pain-adelaide-posters-2013/forgiveness-psychological-distress-and-pain-poster/
    Dewar, G., Ma-Wyatt, A. (2013) Rapid pointing to targets cued with auditory or visual information. 40th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference April 3-6, 2013, Adelaide, Australia
    Dewar, G., Venning, A., DelFabbro, P., and Strelan, P. (2013) Self Forgiveness - A Gateway to Psychological flexibility? Faculty of Health Sciences, 2013 Faculty postgraduate research conference, University of Adelaide.

     

     

  • Professional Associations

    Registered Psychologist (Health) Australian Health Professionals Registration Agency

    Australian Psychological Society (MAPS), College of Health Psychologists

    Association for Contextual Behavioural Psychology

    Australian Pain Society

     

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