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PACFA Registrants eligible to apply to new Trauma Support Directory

PACFA Clinical Registrants are eligible to register on the new Directory of Trauma Support Providers as providers of complex trauma services.

For information on how to apply, see the information sheet on Becoming a provider on the Trauma Support Directory or go to the Trauma Support Directory website.

The Trauma Support Directory is a national register of the mental health professionals with the qualifications, skills and experience to provide this complex trauma services for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse.

The Trauma Support Directory has been developed with funding from the Australian Government as part of the National Redress Scheme for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse, and forms part of the psychological counselling component of the scheme.

PACFA CEO, Maria Brett, participated in the Working Group that developed the new directory. It is an excellent resource for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse and for practitioners who work with these clients.

The National Redress Scheme, which will run for 10 years from 1 July 2018, provides nation-wide support services to people who were sexually abused as children while in the care of an institution. The Trauma Support Website is also available to all consumers requiring psychological support in relation to complex trauma.

The Trauma Support Directory will:

  • feature a range of mental and allied health professions, including PACFA-registered counsellors and psychotherapists
  • function as a directory of practitioners able to provide complex trauma services to survivors of institutional child sexual abuse, regardless of whether the client receives funding under the National Redress Scheme
  • be searchable by clients by location, profession and mode of delivery
  • provide resources or practitioners including:
    • research evidence on the effective treatment of complex trauma
    • fact sheets on institutional child sexual abuse relating to care leavers, child migrants and religious institutions
    • information about particular groups such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, those a disability and cultural and linguistically diverse people
    • a reflective practice tool for professional development in complex trauma
    • trauma-informed care and practice language for clinicians
    • links to organisations providing complex trauma services
    • links to further training and professional development on complex trauma