Conference 2022

PACFA is pleased to announce the theme of our next bi-annual conference, which will be held in Adelaide from the 29th April to 1st May 2022: Safety in therapy: Balancing risk and healing in an uncertain world.

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 that we start reaching out to members all over Australia, and making high quality professional development opportunities available in more locations.

Research is compelling in making a case for safety and its link to the transformative power in therapy. This is particularly relevant to counsellors and psychotherapists as we seek to navigate risk and safety in our work with others. There is uncertainty related to external events as well as the unpredictability of the therapeutic journey itself. The theme of the Safety in therapy Conference aims to highlight strategies to meet the challenges of practitioner self-care (feeling safe in ourselves) ethical dilemmas (feeling safe in our practice) and the “hows” and “whys” of creating a sense of safety for our clients in all their diversity of backgrounds, situations and needs.

Streams at the conference will be:

1.  Who Cares? Working with diversity, ethics, trauma and self-care

  • Practitioner self-care, vicarious trauma, burnout and compassion fatigue.
  • Dilemmas in therapy (ethical dilemmas)
  • How to survive as a therapist dealing with trauma 
  • Labels, stigma and oppression in therapy
  • Application to Diverse Communities (experience of practitioners from Diverse Communities)

2.  Confronting the Cycle: Family and Intimate Partner Violence

  • Family violence: 
  • Application to diverse communities

3.  Tight Ropes and Safety Nets: Suicide and Self Harm

  • Suicide, self-harm, risk assessment and risk management
  • Application to diverse communities

The conference will also feature two panels:

  1. Survivor stories: Family and intimate and partner violence 
  2. Survivor stories: Suicide and self harm

Conference Committee:

  • Nigel Polak (Chair) – College of Counselling Leadership Group
  • Dr Alexandra Bloch-Atefi – Research Committee representative
  • Pat Bradley – SA Branch representative and PACFA Board
  • Tony Clarkson – Expert in professional development
  • SA Branch representative – Brian Gabriels

PACFA is teaming up with the Pullman Adelaide as our conference venue provider.

Positioned in the heart of the Adelaide Central Business District and with a brand new venue refurbishment set to finish early 2020, the hotel’s purpose built function centre will take on a contemporary and innovative design that plays on the natural surrounds of the calm and leafy Hindmarsh Square and the hotel’s unique 15th floor views of the Adelaide city skyline and hills.

We hope as many people as possible will join us in Adelaide for the 2022 PACFA conference.

More to come.

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