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Seeking GST exemption for counsellors and psychotherapists

In July, in my capacity as CEO I wrote to the Treasurer, the Hon Josh Frydenberg, about GST exemption for counsellors and psychotherapists. This letter was prompted by one of our members who contacted me, very concerned that vulnerable clients, some of whom are suicidal, have to start paying GST on their counselling as the …

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Benefits of being a Bupa provider

PACFA Clinical Registrants are eligible to be providers for Bupa, which is one of the two largest private health funds in Australia (the other is Medibank). Some members have expressed concern that it will not be worth their while to become a provider if clients are not covered for counselling in their policies. However, with …

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PACFA is seeking a psychotherapist for a new consulting role

PACFA is seeking a senior and experienced psychotherapist for a consulting role that will contribute to the future development of the psychotherapy profession in Australia. The Psychotherapy Liaison Consultant will support the work of PACFA’s Psychotherapy Working Party. The Working Party is developing new standards for the formation of psychotherapists and undertaking a range of …

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Surveying members interested in the new PACFA Indigenous College

PACFA is conducting a short Member Survey to help identify Indigenous members of PACFA, and other members, who might be interested in getting involved in an initiative to start a new PACFA Indigenous College. Readers who read the June eNews might have read the article by Gina O’Neill which outlined the proposal for the new …

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Psychotherapy Working Party update

On the last Saturday in June, PACFA’s Psychotherapy Working Party met in Sydney to progress work on training pathways for psychotherapy and standards for the formation of psychotherapists. A smaller group was present as we had a few apologies, but the meeting was very productive and positive. Our discussions were informed by the recent consultation …

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New Chair of Professional Standards Committee appointed

The PACFA Board has appointed Dr Kate Briggs as the new Chair of the Professional Standards Committee (PSC). Kate will lead the PSC is its important role developing and advancing PACFA’s Training Standards, developing other policy documents that set standards for counselling and psychotherapy practice, and overseeing the integrity of PACFA’s National Register. Kate has …

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PACFA conference going to Adelaide in 2021

PACFA is pleased to announce that the location for our 2021 conference will be Adelaide The date for the conference has been set for 30 April to 2 May 2021. Traditionally, PACFA conferences have taken place in Melbourne and Sydney where large number of our members live. However, as a national organisation, it is important …

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PACFA collaborating on project on Mental Health Work with Seniors

PACFA is collaborating with Fronditha Care who are developing a new training program for the aged care sector aimed at equipping carers with the skills needed to support older people with their mental health. The project has the support of the Department of Education and Training. Ageing is characterised by many losses (losing friends or …

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Webinar series on recognition of Indigenous healing practices

The Australian College of Counselling and Psychotherapy Educators (ACCAPE) is hosting a series of six webinars on Recognition of Indigenous Healing Practices in Australia and Aotearoa. ACCAPE was established in July 2015 to promote the development and recognition of counselling and psychotherapy education, advocating for the professional interests and work conditions of educators and academics, …

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Are you interested in becoming a supervisor?

For experienced practitioners who are interested in becoming supervisors, PACFA has endorsed a range of suitable supervision training programs. Go to the PACFA website for the full list of Endorsed Supervision Training Programs. All endorsed supervision training programs meet the requirements PACFA’s Supervision Training Standards which sets out in detail PACFA’s requirements for Supervisor training.  …

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