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Research Committee

The PACFA Research Committee oversees implementation of PACFA’s important role relating to research.

The PACFA Board provides direction on research priorities that form the basis for funding applications to philanthropic trusts, funding bodies and Government agencies.

PACFA has three major roles in relation to research:

  • To facilitate high quality, original research into the processes and outcomes of counselling and psychotherapy and into the professions of counselling and psychotherapy, particularly focusing on areas that are important for the profession’s development but where there has been a lack of research activity in Australia to date;
  • To conduct the research necessary to provide data to support PACFA’s position in policy initiatives, including literature searches and reviews; and
  • To disseminate information to the profession about the findings of research relating to counselling and psychotherapy.

Composition of the Research Committee

The Research Committee will comprise the following members:

  • A Chair appointed by the Board on the recommendation of the Committee. (The Chair must have a Higher Degree Research qualification, experience in conducting and publishing research and a demonstrated understanding of ethical issues in the conduct of research).
  • Up to five additional Board members, comprising members who have a Higher Degree Research qualification and are research-active; and other members with relevant qualifications and experience.
  • Working groups to carry out specific activities may be formed from these members or other co-opted persons from time to time.
  • Up to two other experts who have Higher Degree Research qualifications, experience in conducting and publishing research and a demonstrated understanding of ethical issues in the conduct of research, may be invited to act as external advisors as need arises.
  • One other person who is a member of a relevant national body representing consumers and/or carers may be invited to contribute on relevant matters as need arises.

Objectives of the Research Committee

The Research Committee has the following objectives, to:

a) Ensure implementation of PACFA’s research agenda by attending closely to priorities of PACFA’s Board and Council, especially as published in the Strategic Plan.

b) Ensure that PACFA produces or publishes high quality research, by overseeing PACFA grants and commissions from conception to publication.

c) Maximise the value of PACFA’s research initiatives by overseeing the publication and dissemination of documents produced, including information on the PACFA website;

d) Facilitate the publication of a high quality well-read journal PACJA, by: • supporting the work of the editor; • acting as Editorial Board in decision-making; • commissioning articles for publication; • encouraging members and other relevant professionals to write articles • reviewing articles; • recruiting members as reviewers; • promoting the journal to potential readers and contributors.

e) Ensure that PACFA Conferences prioritise evidence-based practice, by providing one RC research-active RC member as a Conference Committee member and other members to review abstracts.

f) Assist Member Associations to utilize the existing evidence base for counselling and psychotherapy, and develop the evidence base through research, by providing guidance and support to them and their members.

g) Utilise the expertise of other senior researchers and stakeholders in all of these responsibilities

Terms of Reference Research Committee  (download)

Acting Joint Research Chairs
Dr Alexandra Bloch-Atefi, Lecturer, School of Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Adelaide, South Australia
Dr Tristan Snell, Lecturer, Master of Counselling, Monash University, Victoria

Committee members: Dr Elizabeth Day, Senior Lecturer, Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Australian College of Applied Psychology, and Senior Lecturer, Master of Psychotherapy, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Dr Angela Mornane
, Lecturer, Master of Counselling and Offshore Student Advisor & Lecturer, Faculty of Education, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria
Gina O’Neill
, Registered Psychotherapist, Supervisor, Educator, NSW

For enquiries email the Chair