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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Call for Nominations – Branch Leadership Groups

PACFA is calling for nominations for the Leadership Groups of its five Branches. The closing date for nominations is Sunday 5 February 2017. Leadership Group roles for PACFA Branches are voluntary roles. Leadership Group are responsible for planning the activities of the Branch such as professional development and peer networking and support opportunities. Leadership Groups …

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Mental health sector unites to highlight shortcomings in Fifth National Mental Health Plan

In December, more than 50 mental health sector organisations, including PACFA, wrote a joint letter to the Prime Minister and First Ministers outlining the many shortcomings in the draft Fifth National Mental Health Plan released in October and calling for decisive action. The letter drew attention to the alarming gaps between previous commitments by the …

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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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