Conference Committee

The Conference Committee provides expert guidance on the development of the conference program for the next conference taking place in Adelaide from 30 April to 2 May.

Conference Convenor

Don Secomb – PACFA Board
Prior to his role on the PACFA Board, Don served for two years on the Management Committee of the Queensland Counsellors Association (a founding member association of PACFA) during which time he served as a QCA delegate to the PACFA Council. Don also served as Chair of the QCA Professional Development Committee for a period of time. Don was awarded a Master of Counselling in 2011 from the University of Queensland, a Graduate Certificate, Artistic Therapies in 2008, a Graduate Diploma of Holistic Counselling in 2006 and a Bachelor of Arts in 1987 from the University of Queensland studying History and Psychology. Currently, Don works as a venue team leader for a large counselling and mental health organisation in Brisbane, Queensland. In this position he facilitates the work of 13 practitioners and 3 administration officers in 6 programs being Relationship Counselling, Relationship Education (including the Step-Families Realities Group, the Into Intimacy Group and the Women’s B.E.S.T. Group) , the Victims of Crime Support Service, the Stopping Family Violence Program (including a Perpetrators Intervention Group and the Men Maintaining Change Group) Domestic & Family Violence Program, Gambling Help Service (including the SMARTRecovery Group for gamblers), and the Rainbow Counselling Service (including the Transcendence and Transilience groups).

Conference Committee

  • Dr Alexandra Bloch-Atefi – Research Committee representative
  • Pat Bradley – SA Branch representative and PACFA Board
  • Tony Clarkson – Expert in professional development
  • Brian Gabriels – SA Branch representative
Roles and Responsibilities of Committee members

Committee members will share equally in the agreed roles and responsibilities of Committee members. These are detailed below:

    • Decide the conference theme
    • Determine the overall structure of the conference program to get a coherent mix of papers and workshops across multiple conference streams, including a research stream
    • Identify keynote and invited speakers, and presenters of pre-conference workshops
    • Invite the above speakers and presenters once they have been approved by the Board and in accordance with the approved budget
    • Review Abstracts in accordance with the abstract review guidelines
    • Decide the full conference program
    • Allocate responsibility for introducing speakers and presenters at the conference
  • Introduce conference presenters at the conference (as allocated)

Conference Enquiries

Conference Administrator