New PACFA CPD Endorsement Scheme launched

PACFA has launched a new CPD Endorsement scheme. Under the new scheme, providers of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) events may apply to PACFA to have their events endorsed. All endorsed events meet the requirements of PACFA’s CPD Policy and are automatically recognised by PACFA for CPD hours for PACFA membership and registration purposes. Endorsement includes use of …

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PACFA Jobs officially launched

PACFA has launched a new service, PACFA Jobs, to provide employers of counsellors and psychotherapists with free job advertising. PACFA Jobs is aimed at assisting both employers and registered practitioners. As peak body for the counselling and psychotherapy profession, PACFA has an important role supporting the process of matching jobs with suitably qualified and experienced practitioners. PACFA …

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PACJA Edition Five published

Edition 5 of PACJA (Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia), PACFA’s online research journal, has been published at the PACJA website. PACJA is an international, open-source, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing original papers of quality. The journal offers immediate access to practice, theory, and research articles, and is a valuable resource for practitioners, researchers, educators …

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Call for nominations for College Leadership Groups

PACFA is calling for nominations for the Leadership Group of the following PACFA Colleges: Australian College of Relationship Counsellors NOMINATION FORM Australian College of Counselling and Psychotherapy Educators NOMINATION FORM College of Counselling NOMINATION FORM College of Psychotherapy NOMINATION FORM Somatic Psychotherapy modality of the College of Psychotherapy NOMINATION FORM All PACFA Provisional and Clinical …

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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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