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ACCAPE Webinar Three

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6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

ACCAPE 2017 Webinar Series: Webinar Three
Counselling & Psychotherapy Educator’s Contribution to Defining our Profession

This webinar series is designed to encourage conversation and engagement that strengthens the professional identity of counselling and psychotherapy in Australia. The focus will be on topics including definition, training standards, quality teaching and research.

This event will be presented by Dr Ione Lewis

Ione is a Past President of PACFA and stepped down as Chair of the Research Committee at the end of 2017. She was the first Professor of Counselling and Psychotherapy at the Australian College of Applied Psychology, has over 24 years’ experience as an academic in university and private higher education providers, and has published widely on the counselling and psychotherapy workforce, gender and professional identity, therapeutic effectiveness, and training supervision (see Research Gate). Ione is the Director of a higher education consulting company, QA Higher Education, and has founded a not for profit, Grief Journeys Ltd, which provides workshops and PD on suicide bereavement in Queensland, NSW and Victoria.

Ione aims to open up a discussion on the state of the profession in 2018, and what is at stake for academics, educators, students and practitioners by examining three broad themes.

  1. Status and professions
    There is a common sense amongst academics and practitioners of a lack of recognition from government, employers and the community, and lack of employment opportunities for graduates. In contrast to this perception, the Australian Government tracking of counselling as an occupation shows strong job growth (based on national advertised job counselling vacancies) and lower than average unemployment. Counselling and psychotherapy sit uncomfortably in competition with the longer established professions of psychology and social work, creating the sense of being overlooked and shut out of opportunities such as Medicare provider numbers, and inclusion as providers in the Better Access initiative, and GST exemption. Gender has always had a strong influence in determining salary and status in the helping professions, and counselling and psychotherapy are no exceptions. This presentation will present findings from the PACFA workforce study to explore who we are as a profession, and point to our future.
  2. Counselling and psychotherapy education programs: Quality and risk
    Ione will present an analysis of Australian counselling and psychotherapy programs and demonstrate differences in quality and risk between TEQSA- and PACFA-accredited education programs, and unaccredited training programs. The indicators of quality in professional training programs will be discussed, drawing on the Threshold Standards 2015 and educational research, and the recommendations of the PACFA Dual and Multiple Roles of Trainers’ Working Party to reduce risk of boundary violations revisited.
  3. Political conservatism and the profession
    We live in a time of extraordinary conservatism, as well as the uprising of strong resistance movements. There is conservatism within and outside our profession. Whereas in the past 3-4 highly qualified full-time academics sat on the Board, currently there is one (the Research Committee Chair). What do these changes mean for our profession, and whose interests is PACFA actually representing?

Date: 17 April 2018
6:30pm – 8:30pm EST
6:00pm – 8:00pm CST
4:30pm – 6:30pm EST
Venue: Online, Zoom webinar

Members $15 (inc. GST)
Non-members $20 (inc. GST)

Please note: This Professional Development Event is not suitable for students. 

Please register via the PACFA Portal 

This event counts as 2.0 hours of category A CPD for PACFA’s membership renewal requirements