Affiliate Membership

Affiliate membership of PACFA is seen as a pathway to further training in counselling or psychotherapy that meets the PACFA Training Standards, and a way to include other professionals, who are involved in the counselling and psychotherapy field, in the PACFA community.

Affiliate membership is open to:

  • People whose training does not meet the PACFA Training Standards, but who use counselling skills in client support roles
  • People who have undertaken preliminary training in counselling or psychotherapy and who are interested in Affiliate membership as a pathway to further training in counselling or psychotherapy
  • People who have trained in other disciplines and who do not meet the PACFA Training Standards but who are involved in the counselling and psychotherapy field
  • Retired counsellors or psychotherapists who wish to maintain a connection with the profession  and to share knowledge and experience accumulated over the course of their careers
  • People with an interest in counselling and psychotherapy

Affiliate members are not endorsed by PACFA to practice, either because they do not meet the PACFA Training Standards or because they are retired from practice.  Affiliate members are not listed on the PACFA Register because they do not meet the training requirements for PACFA registration or, for retired practitioners, because they do not meet the annual professional development and supervision requirements for practitioners.

Affiliate members cannot access PACFA’s preferential rates on insurance as they are not endorsed by PACFA for professional practice.

Affiliate members, like all PACFA members, are required to follow the PACFA Code of Ethics. PACFA may hear complaints against Affiliate Members for breaches of the Code. Affiliate Members are advised to be aware of the limits of their training and experience as this is an ethical matter detailed in clause 4.1.1B of the PACFA Code of Ethics.

Affiliate Members are not permitted to use the PACFA post-nominal or to promote their membership in marketing materials as these benefits are only available to registered practitioners.  Affiliate Members may specify in a CV that they hold Affiliate membership of PACFA.

How to apply for Affiliate Membership of PACFA

To apply, go to the Applications page.

The annual membership fee for Affiliate Membership is detailed in the Schedule of Fees. There is no application fee and membership is renewed annually by 30 June.

Membership Benefits

The benefits of Affiliate Membership are:

  • Member prices of professional development
  • Access to PACFA’s expertise in professional practice and ethics
  • Opportunities to network with professionals from the counselling and psychotherapy profession
  • Being part of the leading professional association for counselling and psychotherapy in Australia