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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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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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Introducing PACFA’s new Evidence-Informed Practice Statement

The Research Committee is pleased to present to members PACFA’s new ‘Evidence-Informed Practice Statement’. This has been developed by the Committee over several months, building on the previous Committee’s work in crafting an earlier statement. This new document acknowledges the earlier investment in a clear statement of a position for PACFA, and the members of …

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Indigenous representation within PACFA

Nga mihi mahana Gina O’Neill On Sunday 14th April, PACFA held the PACFA Council meeting in Sydney. I was invited to present a conversation about Indigenous representation within PACFA. A timely presentation as a conversation had already been seeded at the trauma conference earlier in the year. As a Maori Indigenous woman born in Aotearoa …

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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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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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Outcomes from PACFA conference on Working with Trauma

Following on from last month’s announcement that PACFA’s conference on the theme Working with Trauma was a big success, we have collated the feedback from the conference. It’s never easy to please every-one but overall, feedback for the conference was very positive. “Such a fantastic opportunity to see such an array of speakers.”“The inclusive diversity …

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Productivity Commission inquiry into the benefits of improving mental health

PACFA is contributing to an ARCAP submission to the current Productivity Commission inquiry into mental health in the Australian community. The Productivity Commission released terms of reference for an inquiry in November 2018. This is the first inquiry into mental health undertaken by the Productivity Commission and it has been labelled by various mental health …

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