PACFA's purpose, mission and values

PACFA Strategic Plan 

Development of PACFA's most recent Strategic Plan began at a Board meeting in 2021, and was discussed at a Council meeting mid-2022. The final strategic review session was held in January 2023 at a meeting of the incoming Board under PACFA's new president, Nigel Polak. This final version was presented again to Council in May 2023, with the final document aiming to ensure that the direction of the organisation aligns to appropriately serve members, all other stakeholders, and the profession itself. This Strategic Plan encompasses PACFA's purpose, mission, and values.

Download the PACFA Strategic Plan (April 2023)


Our purpose: Why does PACFA exist?

 PACFA exists to support its members and the community by regulating the training and practice of Psychotherapy, Counselling and Indigenous Healing Practices to the highest standards of safety, quality and professionalism. 

Regulating includes certification, registration, accreditation, and complaints management.


Our mission: What does PACFA do for whom?

PACFA regulates and supports the provision of effective high-quality Psychotherapy, Counselling, and Indigenous Healing Practices.

To do this, PACFA:

  • Registers and certifies suitably qualified and skilled practitioners
  • Accredits appropriate training courses
  • Provides resources and a professional network for the development of Psychotherapy, Counselling, and Indigenous Healing Practitioners
  • Educates and advocates to the public, other professions, and policy makers, to ensure the value of Psychotherapy, Counselling, and Indigenous Healing Practices is recognised and appreciated.


Our values: How do we behave while we are doing it?


  • We act with integrity by being consistent, fair, transparent, and accountable
  • We are trustworthy and professional. We do what we say we will do
  • We are courageous in our willingness to speak our truth
  • We stand for the value and integrity of Psychotherapy, Counselling, and Indigenous Healing Practices


  • We approach everyone from a position of kindness and goodwill
  • We celebrate difference and diversity


  • We seek to connect curiosity and openness
  • We value the self of the practitioner as the heart of professional practice, and the role of professional supervision in safeguarding our practices and their recipients


  • We acknowledge our mistakes, embrace our failures, and learn from them.


PACFA Constitution

PACFA’s aims and objectives are also set out in the Constitution.