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PACFA SA officially launched

PACFA’s new South Australia Branch, PACFA SA, was officially launched on 1 July 2017. Applications are now being taken from South Australians interested in joining PACFA. To join, go to the PACFA Portal. Five volunteers have formed a Leaership Group for the Branch: Pat Bradley (Convenor), Patrick Moloney, Alison Kirk, Gia Pyrlis, Bev Pope. The …

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PACFA submission to Private Health Funds

In 2017, PACFA is making approaches to all Private Health Funds to seek greater recognition for PACFA Registrants through private health rebates for counselling and psychotherapy. This has been identified as a priority in PACFA’s 2016-18 Strategic Plan. Currently, PACFA Registrants in private practice can offer private health insurance rebates to clients with appropriate Medibank …

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Letter to the Editor

PACFA has sent a Letter to the Editor of the Sydney Morning Herald in response to their article “It’s a disaster’: how couples’ therapy can make family violence worse” (28/6/17). There is a lack of understanding that counselling and psychotherapy is a self-regulating profession. Whenever we get the opportunity, PACFA seeks to address this by providing …

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Response to discussion of Margaret Court’s opinions on marriage equality

In response to media coverage of the recent opinions expressed by Margaret Court about LGBTI people, the Research Committee of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) expresses our concerns about the deleterious effect on the wellbeing of LGBTI people and their families of what is, substantively, hate speech (the attack on a group …

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PACFA launches new CPD Policy

At the PACFA Council meeting in April, changes to PACFA’s CPD Policy were approved. The new Policy, which is effective from 1 July 2017, is simpler and will be easier for Members and Registrants to follow. There are now fewer categories of CPD and the CPD is counted in hours, not points. For the forthcoming …

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Literature review on the evidence for the effectiveness of experiential psychotherapies

PACFA is pleased to announce the publication of the latest literature review in the series of reviews being produced on the effectiveness of a range of counselling and psychotherapy modalities.  The literature reviews have been funded by a philanthropic grant from an anonymous donor. The review, titled Literature review on the evidence for the effectiveness …

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National Awards Scheme launched

PACFA has developed a new National Awards Scheme which was officially launched on 16 March. The scheme gives students and graduates from institutions that run PACFA-accredited courses the opportunity to be recognised for their outstanding achievements. All students undertaking courses that are accredited by PACFA are eligible to participate in the Awards Scheme. A full …

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Changes to PACFA Affiliate membership category

The PACFA Council has reviewed and updated PACFA’s Affiliate membership category. Details of the updated Affiliate membership category are available at the Affiliate membership page. Previously Affiliate membership was defined as a non-practising membership category. However, as PACFA has no legal basis for restricting who can and cannot practise as a counsellor, Affiliate membership is no …

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Reactivating PACFA membership or registration

PACFA has launched a new process to make it easier for Members and Registrants who have let their membership or registration lapse to come back to PACFA. For details, download the PACFA Reactivation Policy 2016. From time to time, practitioners let their membership or registration lapse, either because they were not able to meet the …

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Report on PACFA AGM and Council meeting

In October, PACFA held its first Annual General Meeting (AGM) under our new structure. The AGM was a big success thanks to all those who participated. The AGM is the key annual meeting of PACFA’s new Member Congress and all members of PACFA and PACFA Member Associations who meet the PACFA Training Standard are eligible …

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