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Winners of PACFA Student Awards announced

Outstanding Student Paper winners

POSTGRADUATE STUDENT AWARD

The PACFA Research Committee has selected Adam Birch from the Master of Counselling program at Murdoch University (PACFA-accredited) as the recipient of the Postgraduate Student Paper Award for his minor thesis on “The relationship between suicide prevention training and student counsellor self-efficacy”. Congratulations to Adam.

We note the research report’s relevance to the counselling and psychotherapy profession, and to PACFA’s mission, its academic quality (well written, coherence of argument, supported by relevant literature), and the contribution to understanding the role of practitioners’ self efficacy in intervening with clients with suicidal intent.

Abstract: An online survey of counselling and psychology students was used to examine how suicide prevention training relates to self-efficacy scores on two measures. An analysis of covariance was used to compare total mean efficacy scores, results indicated student self-efficacy scores increased with training, with implications and directions for future research discussed.

Keywords: suicide prevention, training, counselor, self-efficacy

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT AWARD

The Research Committee has selected Tiana-Lee Hosking from the Bachelor of Human Services (Counselling major) program at University of Southern Queensland (PACFA-accredited) for her essay on an ethical dilemma: Confidentiality: To break or not to break.

This well-written essay was chosen for its contribution to the evidence base of counselling and psychotherapy, and relevance to PACFA’s mission. The essay discussed the student’s experience of an ethical dilemma while on counselling placement in a school, and the legal and ethical considerations used in making a decision about whether to breach confidentiality.

Congratulations Adam Birch and Tiana-Lee Hosking. 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) (editing may be required)
  • Award Certificate.

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

The decisions of the PACFA Research Committee are final and not subject to appeal.

Dr Ione Lewis
Chair PACFA Research Committee

Outstanding Graduate prize winners

Congratulations to the following graduates who have been selected to receive PACFA’s outstanding graduate prizes.

Georgina du Mello Kenyon – University of Queensland
Tiana-Lee Hosking – University of Southern Queensland
Jessie White – Pathways Psychology Institute
Michelle Anne Colthart – Murdoch University
Robin Fingher – Edith Cowan University
Mrs Patricia Karagiorgos – Monash University
Rebekah Durham – Christian Heritage College
Vanessa Ong – Morling College
Glen Raynor – The Relational Institute Australia

The outstanding graduate prize is award to the most outstanding graduates in counselling or psychotherapy. The winners are selected by the training providers of PACFA-accredited programs.

The prize for each outstanding graduate is:

  • Complimentary 1-year PACFA membership at Intern or Provisional level (as applicable; valued at $325 for Intern and $506 for Provisional membership)
  • Award Certificate.
  • PACFA will endeavour to send a representative to any award ceremony held by the institutions for selected prize winners.

Maria Brett
PACFA CEO