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College of Psychotherapy

PACFA’s College of Psychotherapy officially commenced operating from 1 July 2016, however the College is still in the process of being developed.

The College of Psychotherapy is a national College, dedicated to supporting psychotherapists and advancing the practice of psychotherapy in Australia.

A Working Party has been established to develop Training Standards for the College. There are also plans to establish a Leadership for the College which will plan activities for College members.

Activities may include:

  • Providing resources to the community about psychotherapy modalities and accessing psychotherapy services
  • Building a vibrant community of practitioners who identify as psychotherapists
  • Developing and promoting practice standards and guidelines
  • Sponsoring and fostering research
  • Providing continuing professional development
  • Providing opportunities for networking and peer support
  • Providing opportunities for psychotherapists in regional and rural areas to participate

Psychotherapy Modalities

There are eight psychotherapy modalities within PACFA which have been invited to participate in the College of Psychotherapy. Of these, four have now officially decided to be part of the College of Psychotherapy:

College Working Party

A Working Party has been formed to develop Training Standards for the College of Psychotherapy. As an initial step, the Working Party has developed a definition of Psychotherapy. For detail, see the page for the Working Party’s Psychotherapy Definition.

College Membership

Individual PACFA members receive membership of one PACFA College included with their membership. If individual members wish to belong to more than one College there is an annual fee payable as detailed in the Schedule of Fees.

Members of PACFA Member Associations who are listed on the PACFA Register may also join the College of Psychotherapy. There is an annual fee payable as detailed in the Schedule of Fees.

Membership options:

  • Clinical Member
  • Provisional Member
  • Student Member
  • Affiliate Member

Members will be allocated to the level of membership of the College based on their qualifications and experience. Members may also progress to higher levels of College Membership when they meet the requirements.

Contact: psychotherapycollege@pacfa.org.au