Conference 2016



Conference Theme

The conference theme, Transformation through Relationship: The Heart and Soul of Therapy, will draw together aspects of integrative, spiritual, and educational practice, transforming the relationship between therapist and client, teacher and student. The encounter of being a therapist or an educator is one of connectedness and deepening; a co-created process that is the heart and soul of therapy. The conference will offer a supportive space to share and explore how we, as therapists and educators, offer the relationship as our field of practice – a way to help all involved to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

Stream 1: The heart and soul of therapy This theme explores integrative practice and the transformational potential of relationship as the heart and soul of therapy

Stream 2: Spirituality This stream focuses on the integration of spirituality in counselling and psychotherapy practice, drawing on Christianity and other spiritual approaches

Stream 3: Teaching and learning This stream addresses the broad themes of transformation and relationship through teaching and learning

To read about the conference, go to The 2016 conference features:

  • A 2-day conference with:
    • 3 Keynote speakers
    • 8 Invited speakers including 2 consumer and carer speakers
    • Other selected speakers
    • Interactive workshops
  • 3 pre-conference workshops to choose from
  • A Poster exhibition
  • A gala conference dinner


The 2016 PACFA, CCAA, SCAPE and APECA Conference program committee has now closed abstracts relating to the conference theme Transformation Through Relationship: The Heart and Soul of Therapy.


All authors will be notified by after review by the program committee as to whether their application has been successful and as to whether the presentation will be an oral paper, workshop or poster.

Key dates

Author notification: – Applicants will be notified of the outcome by Friday 15th April 2016.
Winning Posters: The keynote speakers will select three winning posters:
Best poster, highly commended and the winners will be announced at the conference on Sunday 11 September 2016.

Conference registration

To register for the conference go to Conference Hosts Building on the established partnership between PACFA, the Christian Counsellors Association of Australia (CCAA) and the Society of Counselling and Psychotherapy Educators (SCAPE) to put on a joint conference in 2016, the Conference Committee now welcomes APECA (Association of Psychological and Educational Counselors of Asia Pacific) as the fourth partner for the conference. This is a fantastic opportunity to build collaboration with counsellors and educators in the Asia-Pacific region and we look forward to welcoming our Asia-Pacific colleagues to the Australia next year.

Conference venue

Transformation Through Relationship: The Heart and Soul of Therapy will take place at: Bayview Eden 6 Queens Road Melbourne, Victoria 3004 AUSTRALIA Perfectly positioned for business and pleasure, Bayview Eden Melbourne is located adjacent to the beautiful Albert Park Lake and Golf Course, and is close to all Melbourne has to offer. There are affordable accommodation options at the hotel for conference delegates.

Conference Sponsorship

Sponsoring the Conference will give sponsors the opportunity to showcase your products or services to hundreds of attendees, before, during and after the event. The conference expects to attract up to 350 delegates from the counselling and psychotherapy profession and other mental-health related fields. There will be networking during the conference to build the profile of your organisation. This is an excellent opportunity for sponsors to showcase their products and services, or to promote education or professional development opportunities to active practitioners in the counselling or psychotherapy workforce. There are different sponsorship options available. All of the options will give you opportunities for high visibility with delegates and the wider community of counsellors and psychotherapists.

  • Major Sponsorship (maximum of 3)
  • General Sponsorship (maximum of 6)
  • Individual Sponsorship Options

For further information, download the Sponsorship Prospectus.

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