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College of Psychotherapy

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

Activities may include:

  • Providing continuing professional development
  • Providing opportunities for networking and peer support
  • Building a vibrant community of practitioners who identify as psychotherapists
  • Providing resources to the community about psychotherapy modalities and accessing psychotherapy services
  • Developing and promoting practice standards and guidelines
  • Sponsoring and fostering psychotherapy research
  • 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, five have now officially decided to be part of the College of Psychotherapy:

 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.

Practitioners who join the College of Psychotherapy are allocated to the appropriate College membership category based on their psychotherapy training and level of experience as a psychotherapist. Members may also progress to higher levels of College Membership when they meet the requirements.

For details see the College of Psychotherapy Entry Requirements.

The College members categories are:

  • Clinical
  • Provisional
  • Intern
  • Student
  • Affiliate

For membership enquiries, please contact: psychotherapy@pacfa.org.au

Definition of Psychotherapy

The College has developed a definition of Psychotherapy. For details, see the page for the College of Pscyhotherapy’s Psychotherapy Definition.

College of Psychotherapy Working Party

A Working Party has been formed to develop the College of Psychotherapy. The Working Party has been very active, developing the College’s Psychotherapy Definition and Entry Requirements.

In August 2017, elections are taking place to form a Leadership Group for the College.