PACFA
PACFA

PACFA is a national peak body for counsellors and psychotherapists in Australia. We set standards for training and ethical practice, support practitioners, and promote the the practice of counselling and psychotherapy.

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Counsellors & Psychotherapists
Counsellors & Psychotherapists

Registered counsellors and psychotherapists meet professional training standards and provide high quality services to the community. Suitably qualified and experienced practitioners can apply online for PACFA registration.

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Counselling & Psychotherapy
Counselling & Psychotherapy

PACFA is a valuable mental health resource for the community. We run a Register of qualified practitioners and provide information on counselling and psychotherapy.

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Advocacy
Advocacy

PACFA advocates for recognition of counsellors and psychotherapists and better access to counselling and psychotherapy services for the Australian community.

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Practitioner Resources
Practitioner Resources

PACFA provides a wide range of resources for practitioners, including training and ethical standards, practice guidelines and access to insurance. Practitioners and students can find out about counselling and psychotherapy training programs accredited by PACFA.

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Training and Professional Development
Training and Professional Development

PACFA provides quality Continuing Professional Development opportunities for practitioners to help develop their clinical knowledge and skills in counselling and psychotherapy practice.

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Research
Research

PACFA’s research agenda aims to build the evidence-base for the effectiveness of counselling and psychotherapy. PACFA’s research outputs are valuable resources for practitioners and also support PACFA’s advocacy activities.

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PACJA
PACJA

The Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia is an international, peer-reviewed journal which aims to contribute to the evidence-base for counselling and psychotherapy.

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Welcome to PACFA

The Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia is a national peak body for counsellors and psychotherapists and for professional associations in the counselling and psychotherapy field in Australia. Our mission is to represent the profession to communities and government, and to develop the evidence-base relating to the art and practice of counselling and psychotherapy.

PACFA promotes the development of the practice of counselling and psychotherapy, and respects and supports the diversity of approaches within the profession. PACFA provides a united forum for counsellors and psychotherapists, and for counselling and psychotherapy associations, to foster professional identity for practitioners, support research and training, and ensure public accountability to consumers, the public and government.

PACFA Registrants eligible to apply to new Trauma Support Directory

PACFA Clinical Registrants are eligible to register on the new Directory of Trauma Support Providers as providers of complex trauma services. For information on how to apply, see the information sheet on Becoming a provider on the Trauma Support Directory or go to the Trauma Support Directory website. The Trauma Support Directory is a national register …

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New RPL Guidelines published for PACFA membership and registration

Following changes to PACFA’s standards with the introduction of the PACFA Training Standards (2018), PACFA has developed new Guidelines for Recognition of Prior Learning. Download the Guidelines for Recognition of Prior Learning. The Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Pathway allows for RPL principles to be applied in limited circumstances, taking into account the requirements of …

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