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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Ethics – New Draft Professional Conduct Procedures

At the 2104 Annual General Meeting, the Chair of Ethics, Dr Elizabeth Riley, presented a Draft Working Document for PACFA’s Professional Conduct Procedures. PACFA’s procedures were out of date and required urgent review. Council approved the new Professional Conduct Procedures as a Draft Working Document. The draft is still to be reviewed by an external …

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PACFA restructure receives in principle support from PACFA Council

On the weekend of 11–12 October, the PACFA Council met for PACFA’s 2014 Annual General Meeting. Charles Wilson was elected as the new PACFA President and Council farewelled and thanked Professor Ione Lewis for her significant contribution to PACFA as PACFA President over the last four years. One of the key topics for discussion was …

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