Conference 2019

Conference Theme

The conference theme, Working with Trauma. S

Stream 1: Emerging Research and Practice

This stream will include papers on emerging research and workshops on therapeutic techniques and models. Research may include qualitative and quantitative papers, mixed research, and case studies. General research and practice issues relating to trauma and recovery will also be presented, including but not limited to the impact of trauma on development, relationships, and mental health, as well as post-traumatic growth.

Stream 2: Perspectives from Therapists, Clients and Others

This stream will incorporate perspectives on trauma from therapists, clients and others involved in working with clients experiencing trauma. Included in this stream will be issues relating to interdisciplinary perspectives, vicarious trauma, therapist self-care, and managing related difficulties in private practice. Clients may also share their individual experiences of therapy and recovery from trauma.

Stream 3: Working with Specific Populations

This stream will address therapeutic issues, including research and workshops, that are relevant for specific populations. Indigenous experiences of trauma and recovery will be addressed, as well as inter-generational trauma and multicultural issues. Specific populations addressed may include, but are not limited to, children, adolescents, adult survivors of trauma, and veterans, as well as victims of crime, domestic violence, sexual abuse, and natural disasters.

To read about the conference, go to The 2019 conference features:

  • A 2-day conference with:
    • 2 Keynote speakers
    • 8 Invited speakers including 2 consumer and carer speakers
    • Other Selected Speakers 
    • Interactive workshops
  • 2 pre-conference workshops to choose from
  • A networking and canape social event
  • A conference dinner


For further information, download the Call for Abstracts 2019


All authors will be notified by after review by the program committee as to whether their application has been successful and as to whether the presentation will be an oral paper or workshop.

Key dates

Abstract Submission: Submission for Abstracts will be open from Monday 19th March 2018 and will close at 5:00pm (AEST) Tuesday 31st July 2018. Author notification: – Applicants will be notified of the outcome in September 2018.

Conference registration To register for the conference go to

Conference venue

PACFA 2019 Conference: Working With Trauma will take place at: Aerial UTS function Centre, University of Technology, NSW. Located close to the heart of Sydney.

Conference Sponsorship

Sponsoring the Conference will give sponsors the opportunity to showcase your products or services to hundreds of attendees, before, during and after the event. The conference expects to attract up to 350 delegates from the counselling and psychotherapy profession and other mental-health related fields. There will be networking during the conference to build the profile of your organisation. This is an excellent opportunity for sponsors to showcase their products and services, or to promote education or professional development opportunities to active practitioners in the counselling or psychotherapy workforce. There are different sponsorship options available. All of the options will give you opportunities for high visibility with delegates and the wider community of counsellors and psychotherapists.

  • Gold Sponsorship (maximum of 2)
  • Silver Sponsorship (maximum of 5)
  • Bronze Sponsorship (Maximum of 8)
  • Individual Sponsorship Options

For further information, download the Sponsorship Prospectus PACFA 2019 Conference