PACFA-registered counsellors and psychotherapists who are Clinical Registrants can apply to be an Approved Counsellor with Victims Services in New South Wales. Acceptance to provide services is at the discretion of Victims Services NSW where there is a shortage of suitable providers.
Victims Services is a government agency and is part of the NSW Department of Justice. Victims Services provide counselling to victims of crime and their families, and friends of missing people.
The Approved Counselling Service supports people who often have complex trauma symptoms. This will include counselling services for the National Redress Scheme for survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Counselling is provided to victims of crime on a short-term basis of up to 22 hours, with a clear focus on rehabilitation and aims to assist victims recover from the psychological and emotional impacts the crime has had on them.
The application process to become an Approved Counsellor with Victims Services is currently taking up to 12 months.
PACFA members who are eligible to become Approved Counsellors and who have existing clients with Victims Support Packages in need of care, may wish to consider applying for Interim Counsellor status. Approval as an Interim Counsellor will allow you to provide a counselling service to a specific client under the Approved Counselling Service. Approval as an Interim Counsellor will only be given if you have a pre-existing therapeutic relationship with the client and/or another compelling reason that would prevent the client from using an existing Approved Counsellor. Applications to become an Interim Counsellor can take 4-6 weeks to be processed once received.
PACFA Clinical Registrants fall under the eligibility requirements as a discretionary appointment.
For further information on eligibility to become an Approved Counsellor or Interim Counsellor, and on the application processes, go to the Victims Service website.