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PACFA Launches new accreditation scheme for specialist courses

PACFA has launched a new accreditation scheme to accredit specialist courses in counselling and psychotherapy. Training providers can now apply to have their specialist courses assessed and accredited by PACFA.  The accreditation process involves rigorous, independent assessment of specialist courses and leads to the designation of ‘PACFA Accredited Specialist Course’. The development of the new …

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PACFA LGBTIQ position Statement updated

The PACFA Council has approved updates to PACFA’s Position Statement on therapeutic support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people and their families. The updated Position Statement is available for download. The Statement was initially developed in 2014 by members of the Research Committee as a response to concerns raised that a …

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PACJA Edition Six published

PACFA is pleased to announce the sixth volume of PACJA, developed by incoming editor, Dr James Vicars, with the support of our authors, reviewers and PACFA’s Research Committee. We also offer grateful thanks to Dr Jillian Lynch for her contribution as Assistant Editor from March 2016, followed by her editorship of Volume 5 in 2017. …

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2018 Annual Report

PACFA has published its 2018 Annual Report at the PACFA website. The Annual Report covers the period 1 June 2017 to 30 June 2018 and includes a Message from the President, Dr Di Stow, an overview of PACFA’s activities in the reporting period, a membership profile, and information about our Colleges, Branches and Member Associations. …

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PACFA launches new Scope of Practice

PACFA has launched a key policy document for the profession – Scope of Practice for Registered Counsellors. Professional scope of practice is a widely discussed professional issue, and it is a pervasive piece of policy work amongst health professions. Professional scope of practice is a significant consideration when planning efficient health services, and some Government …

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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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PACFA recruiting a new Policy and Advocacy Manager

PACFA is recruiting a full-time Policy and Advocacy Manager to work closely with the CEO to implement a range of campaigns aimed at increasing professional recognition and employment opportunities for counsellors and psychotherapists. PACFA is in a phase of significant growth and development. This position will support the continuing growth of the organisation nationally but …

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PACFA’s Training Standards changed

At the PACFA Council meeting in April, PACFA adopted new training standards aimed at raising standards for counselling and psychotherapy education in Australia. The PACFA Training Standards (2018) will position PACFA more strongly to seek professional recognition for counsellors and psychotherapists. PACFA has written to training providers that deliver PACFA-accredited training programs to advise them …

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PACFA 2019 Conference: Call for Abstracts

PACFA’s 2019 conference on WORKING WITH TRAUMA takes place in Sydney from 22 to 24 February. For details see the Conference website. The conference will explore key aspects of trauma practice and research with an emphasis on culturally informed approaches to promoting trauma recovery in Australia today. Practitioners and researchers will present on key aspects …

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