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ARCAP response to Mental Health Reference Group report

PACFA has made a submission with the ACA under the banner of the Australian Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (ARCAP) to demonstrate a cohesive response from the counselling and psychotherapy profession to the recent report form the Mental Health Reference Group (MHRG). The MHRG, which is part of the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review, is looking …

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PACFA Webinar recordings

PACFA has added to its online library of recorded webinars which can be purchased at the PACFA Portal. The webinar recordings count as Category B CPD for PACFA’s renewal requirements. The latest addition is the second Keynote Speaker from the sold out 2019 conference Working with Trauma. This follows on from the recording of the …

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PACFA launches new Strategic Plan

PACFA has launched a new Strategic Plan for 2019-2022 which sets out PACFA’s goals, aims and objectives in a client-focussed way, reminding us that everything we do is ultimately aimed at better meeting the needs of the clients we serve. The Plan was developed by the PACFA Board with the CEO’s assistance and in consultation …

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Call for research participants

PACFA is supporting a research study on mindfulness. Practitioners who use mindfulness-based interventions are encouraged to participate. Mindfulness research study Rebecca McCabe from the Australian College of Applied Psychology is seeking participants for a research study investigating counsellors’ experiences of the use of everyday mindfulness practices for clients who are depressed and anxious. The results …

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Farewell Prof Denis O’Hara and Welcome Dr Zoë Krupka

Farewell Professor Denis O’Hara and thank you so much At the Council meeting on Sunday 14 April we farewelled Professor Denis O’Hara. Denis has been our Professional Standards Committee (PSC) Chair since 2015, having been introduced to the idea of working on a PACFA Committee by Andrew Little. Denis’ outstanding achievement as PSC Chair is …

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Federal Election 2019

PACFA has prepared an Election Statement for the forthcoming federal election. The statement is aimed at raising the profile of counselling and psychotherapy during the election campaign and includes eight key actions the incoming Federal Government should take to improve access to counselling and psychotherapy services nationally. PACFA calls for parties and candidates in the …

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Instructions for PACFA renewals 2019

PACFA membership renewals will open on 31 May this year. Registered PACFA members and Registrants belonging to Member Associations will be sent an email with a link to complete their renewal online at the Counselling and Psychotherapy Portal. The due date for renewals is 30 June but PACFA gives members until 31 July to complete …

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PACFA publishes Interim definition of psychotherapy

The PACFA Council has approved an Interim Definition of Psychotherapy for PACFA. The Interim Definition was developed by the Leadership Group of the College of Psychotherapy who consulted with psychotherapist members of PACFA in order to finalise the document. Thank you to all those who provided feedback for the consultation process. While not every piece …

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ARCAP Productivity Commission submission

Under the banner of ARCAP, the Australia Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, PACFA has made a joint submission with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) to the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into mental health in Australia. Details of the inquiry can be found here. The Productivity Commission Inquiry represents an important opportunity to significantly re-shape mental health …

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PACFA Member Survey

PACFA is surveying members for your feedback on PACFA’s membership benefits. Do you know what benefits you receive with your PACFA membership? Do you value the benefits? What new benefits would you like PACFA to offer? To participate, click on the survey link  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PACFASurvey2019 The survey will take about 10 minutes of your time. All …

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