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Organisational Structure

PACFA is made up of:

  • Individual members who are practising psychotherapists or counsellors, educators in the counselling and psychotherapy field, students of counselling or psychotherapy and other individuals who wish to be affiliated with PACFA
  • Member Associations which are professional associations for psychotherapy and counselling that meet rigorous standards for professional training and ethical practice, together with their members
  • Branches, Colleges and Interest Groups established by PACFA to support members
  • Affiliated Organisations which are a range of other organisations interested in maintain affiliation with PACFA

Full details of PACFA’s structure can be found in the PACFA Organisational Structure Document 2016

Governance structure

PACFA’s peak governing body is the PACFA Member Congress, which is responsible for high level governance functions for PACFA, is made up of the all individual who are Eligible Members. Eligible members are:

PACFA’s peak policy and strategy making body is the PACFA Council which is made up of two delegates from each PACFA Member Association, the PACFA Board, PACFA Committee Chairs and PACFA Branches and Colleges. The PACFA Council sets the broad strategic directions for PACFA and makes decisions about key policy issues for the organisation.

The PACFA Board of Management is made up of representatives of the psychotherapy and counselling profession the Chief Executive Officer (ex-officio).  The PACFA Board sets the strategic priorities of the organisation and delegates areas of responsibility to the CEO and to various Committees that have been established.

PACFA Leadership Groups are responsible for leading PACFA’s Branches and Colleges. Leadership Groups lead the activities of the Branch or College such as providing Continuing Professional Development and opportunities for networking and peer support, promoting the work and professional identity of members, and producing professional resources and member communications.

All members of the PACFA Council, Board, Committees and the Leadership Groups of PACFA Branches and Colleges are volunteers who give their time and expertise to help advance the counselling and psychotherapy profession.

The PACFA Code of Conduct guides the conduct of Members of the PACFA Board, Committees. Leadership Groups and Panels.

Download PACFA Organisational Chart


The PACFA Board, which is elected from and by the Council and reports to it, is made up of the following twelve positions:

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Research Committee Chair
  • Professional Practice Committee Chair
  • Counselling Representative
  • Psychotherapy Representative
  • Two expert members
  • Immediate Past President (ex-officio)
  • Chief Executive Office (ex-officio)

For more details see the PACFA Board page.

The Executive Committee, is delegated responsibilities by the PACFA Board for day-to-day management matters affecting the organisation. The Executive Committee reports to the PACFA Board and consists of the following five members:

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Past-President
  • Chief Executive Officer

PACFA Committees

A range of Committees have been established with delegated responsibility for key areas of PACFA’s mission. For details see the PACFA Committees page.

The PACFA Committees, which report to the PACFA Board, are:

  • Education Program Accreditation Committee  (EPAC)
  • Ethics Committee
  • Professional Development Committee (PDC)
  • Professional Practice Committee (PPC)
  • Professional Standards Committee (PSC)
  • Research Committee

Chief Executive Officer

The Chief Executive Officer reports to the PACFA Board and is delegated management responsibilities relating to implementation of the Board’s Strategic Plan.

The CEO leads PACFA’s staff team with support from the PACFA Operations Manager.

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