National Awards Scheme

PACFA has developed a new National Awards Scheme which was officially launched on 16 March.

Download the National Awards Scheme flyer.

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 list of the accredited courses can be found at the PACFA website: PACFA-accredited counselling or psychotherapy programs.

PACFA’s National Awards Scheme includes two prize options:

  1. PACFA Awards for Outstanding Student Papers (two recipients)
  2. PACFA Awards for Outstanding Graduates (28 recipients)

PACFA Awards for Outstanding Student Papers (two recipients)

Prizes for two Outstanding Student Papers will be awarded annually, one to an undergraduate student and one to a postgraduate student.

Students enrolled in PACFA-accredited counselling or psychotherapy programs, in any year of their training, are eligible to be nominated for the prize.

The prize for each Outstanding Student Paper includes:

  • Cash prize of $500
  • Complimentary 1-year PACFA membership at Intern or Provisional level (as applicable; valued at $325 for Intern and $506 for Provisional membership*)
  • Publication of the paper in the Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia (PACJA)
  • Award Certificate.

All institutions providing PACFA-accredited courses are invited to nominate one undergraduate student paper and one postgraduate student paper (as applicable to the institution’s accreditation).  Nominations are to be submitted to the PACFA Office by 5 pm on 15 September 2017.  Email: admin@pacfa.org.au.

The winning papers will be selected by PACFA’s Research Committee. The decisions of the PACFA Research Committee are final and not subject to appeal.

PACFA will endeavour to send a representative to any award ceremony held by the institutions for selected prize winners.

PACFA Awards for Outstanding Graduates (28 recipients)

PACFA Prizes for Outstanding Graduates will be awarded to graduating students selected by each institution offering PACFA-accredited courses.

Only final year students who are graduating from PACFA-accredited counselling or psychotherapy courses are eligible to receive the Outstanding Graduate Prize.

The prize includes:

  • Complimentary 1-year PACFA membership at Intern or Provisional level (as applicable; valued at $325 for Intern and $506 for Provisional membership*)

One Outstanding Graduate award winner will be selected by each institution offering PACFA-accredited courses, based on the overall academic and practical performance of the graduate. The selected winner is to be notified to the PACFA Office by 5 pm on 30 November 2017. Email: admin@pacfa.org.au.

There is no cost to institutions, however they may wish to offer additional prizes (such as a cash prize or training opportunities) to the selected Outstanding Graduate.

PACFA will endeavour to send a representative to the graduation ceremony held by institutions at which the prize for the Outstanding Graduate will be awarded.

* PACFA membership application forms will need to be completed by award winners.