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Participants sought for research study into bereaved adolescents

Adolescents who have experienced a death by suicide or other causes may experience short- or long-term problems with their physical, mental or social health, including increased risk of suicidal behaviour. However, little is known of what help bereaved adolescents wish to receive, and if the help that is offered is actually helpful.

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No change to NSW rules regarding masks and QR codes

PACFA has received several queries from NSW members asking if there is any information from the NSW Government about new requirements for (some) businesses to use QR Codes.  The QR Code requirements do not currently apply to Counsellors and Psychotherapists as the list of businesses where this is mandatory does not include providers of Healthcare …

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Editorial: Building an anti-oppressive community of practice: Moving from lip service to liberation through belonging

Y Gavriel Ansara Dr. Gávi Ansara (he/him), PhD Psychol, MCouns, is an anti-racist psychotherapist, researcher, clinical educator, policy advisor, and community activist living on the sovereign lands of the Boon Wurrung people in the Kulin Nations. He is a hybrid polycultural, multilingual, and multinational man of faith who grew up in rural and urban China, Australia, …

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PACJA Special Issue on Anti-Oppressive Practice published

PACJA Volume 8, No 2, a Special issue on Anti-Oppressive Practice in Psychotherapy and Counselling, has been published at the PACJA website. Thank you to the Guest Editor, Dr Gavi Ansara, for putting together this edition of PACJA, and to the PACJA Editor, Dr Rhys Price-Robertson, for supporting the edition through to publication.  In introducing …

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Success with PACFA’s education campaign

In the last few months of 2020, PACFA has advocated for counselling and psychotherapy to be exempted from the huge price increases that have been introduced as a result of the Job Ready Graduates package. We made two formal submissions on this issue and encouraged training providers to make submissions too. We are delighted to …

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PACFA Psychotherapy Training Standards officially launched

PACFA has officially launched new Psychotherapy Training Standards.  This document will be a valuable resource for training providers interested in developing psychotherapy training, and for qualified psychotherapists who wish to be recognised by PACFA as an Accredited Psychotherapist. PACFA’s College of Psychotherapy will be developing a new accreditation scheme which will enable suitably qualified psychotherapists …

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Edition 2 of Psychotherapy & Counselling Today published

PACFA is pleased to announce the publication of the 2nd edition of our professional journal, Psychotherapy & Counselling Today. Psychotherapy & Counselling Today is a professional journal, in printed magazine format, which aims to provide PACFA members and a broader reading audience with stimulating and informative reading on psychotherapy and counselling in Australia. The publication is …

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COVID-19 Update for PACFA Members in Victoria & South Australia

On Sunday 8th November Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced a further easing of COVID-19 restrictions, bringing metropolitan Melbourne in line with regional Victoria under the Third Step of the Roadmap to Reopening.

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Final Report of the Productivity Commission Mental Health Inquiry Released

The much-anticipated Productivity Commission Final Report on the Inquiry into Mental Health was launched by the Prime Minister on 16th November.

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LGBTIQ+ Leadership Group Statement on proposed NSW Parental Rights Bill

The LGBTIQ+ Leadership Group has published a Statement on the Education Legislation Amendment (parental Rights) Bill 2020, a Private members Bill proposed by Mark Latham from Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party. In publishing their statement, the LGBTIQ+ Leadership Group has joined professional bodies and LGBTQI+ community organisations in expressing grave concerns about the Bill. The …

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