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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Welcome to PACFA

PACFA is a national peak body for professional associations within the Counselling and Psychotherapy profession. PACFA provides a forum for professional associations to unite in providing professional identity, research support and public accountability for the profession.

PACFA promotes the development of the practice of Counselling and Psychotherapy and represents the profession to the community and government while respecting the diversity of approaches within the profession.

PACFA is made up of 27 Member Associations which have adopted rigorous ethical and training standards developed by consensus through the PACFA Council, PACFA’s peak governing body. This body reflects the diversity of the profession by including representatives of all PACFA Member Associations.

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

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National Code of Conduct for Healthcare Workers to be implemented

COAG (Council of Australian Governments) has agreed to proceed with implementation of a new National Code of Conduct for Health Care Workers who are not regulated by AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency). This decision followed and extensive consultation process from 2011 to 2014, in which PACFA participated. Health Ministers who met in April to …

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Call for Tenders for PACFA Code of Ethics review

PACFA is calling for Tenders from suitably qualified and skilled Consultants to review the PACFA Code of Ethics and PACFA Professional Conduct Procedures. The closing date for Tenders has been extended until 25 June 2015.  The aim of the consultancy is to rewrite the PACFA Code of Ethics and review the PACFA Professional Conduct Procedures …

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