ART Master Trainer; BA (Hons), DPsych Clin. MAPS

For the past 20-years Dr. Currie has worked in diverse roles and settings, including: academic lecturer, trainer/program consultant, researcher, and private practice. Since 2004, he has worked as a Master Trainer and Quality Assurance Consultant for the training, delivery, and monitoring of Aggression Replacement Training (ART) in Australia and the UK. The results of his Doctoral thesis – Aggression Replacement Training in Australia: A longitudinal evaluation was published in two papers (see ‘Selected Publications’).

Dr. Currie has been contracted to develop, implement, and evaluate several offence specific programs throughout Australia. In 2012 he developed and piloted the mindfulness based violence prevention program – Step-Up – for Community Corrections Victoria and WA Youth Justice. Prior to that he, along with Forensic Assessment Intervention Service, developed the Victorian Dept. of Justice, Gain Respect and Increase Personal Power (GRIPP) program (see ‘Past Projects’). He has previously been employed as the Lead Psychologist at ACON (Aids Council of NSW) Australia’s largest community-based LGBTI and HIV health promotion agency. He continues to work closely with the LGBTIQ community, including expertise in working from a trans-positive framework. As well as the lead consultant at Innovative Minds, Dr Currie currently works in both public mental health and private practice in Byron Bay, Australia.

Key areas of specialisation: clinical and forensic psychology; program development and evaluation; aggression replacement training; violence risk assessment and treatment; offender programming; criminal desistance research; the application of mindfulness based therapies in offender programming; youth development; gender and sexuality; LGBTIQ psychology; Buddhist psychology; somatic psychotherapies.

Matt can be contacted at matt@innovativeminds.com.au