Conference Committee

A Conference Committee will be formed to provide expert guidance on the development of the conference program.

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
• Identify and approach potential conference sponsors
• 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
• Liaise with the PACFA Office in relation to conference timelines
• Identify keynote and invited speakers, and presenters of pre-conference workshops, who are required to be approved by the PACFA Board
• Invite the above speakers and presenters once they have been approved by the Board and once the Budget prepared by the PACFA Office
• Abstract reviews will be undertaken using an online abstract system in accordance with the abstract review guidelines which will be reviewed by the committee
• Decide the full conference program
• Allocate responsibility for introducing speakers and presenters at the conference
• Introduce conference presenters at the conference (as allocated)

Conference Committee 2019

Co-Convenor: Jenny Coburn
Jenny Coburn began her career as a counsellor in 1992. Over the past 25 years, she has worked in private practice, non-government organisations, therapeutic communities, residential rehabilitation centres and corporate environments, specialising in alcohol and other drug counselling and mental health.
Jenny has taught in higher education since 2002 and is a Senior Lecturer in Counselling at the Cairnmillar Institute in Victoria. She is undertaking a PhD in counsellor development and education. Jenny is a Past President of SCAPE (Society of Counselling and Psychotherapy Educators) and past Founding Convenor of the PACFA College ACCAPE (Australian College of Counselling and Psychotherapy Educators). She is a current Co-Convenor of the 2019 PACFA Conference.

Co-Convenor: Kate Briggs

Dr Kate Briggs is a Lacanian psychoanalyst who has worked as a clinical specialist in publicly funded counselling services and consulted widely in the field of social welfare. Kate has been a lecturer in psychology, womens’ studies, and counselling & psychotherapy since 2003 and was awarded a Teaching Excellence Award by ACAP in 2010. Her research interests include complex care teams, contemporary critical practice, psychoanalytic feminism and how the work of invention informs clinical work. She has published on sublimation and symptom formation and contributed to Notes on the Child, A collection of essays on contemporary Lacanian child and adolescent clinical practice. Kate is a PACFA Accredited Supervisor, Mental Health Practitioner and Clinical Registrant, and a member of the Lacan Circle of Melbourne.

Committee members

George Gintilas – PACFA Board representative
Tristen Snell – PACFA Research Committee representative
Tony Clarkson – Committee member with expertise in professional development


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