Philosophy of Practice: Folios of evidence and course accreditation

2 December: 7:30pm-9:00pm AEDT

This is the last session in the 2020 ACCAPE Webinar Series:
Integrating a philosophy of practice into Counselling and Psychotherapy accredited training: New controversies and new challenges in 2020.


Click here for the Series flyer.

Articulating a philosophy of practice is central to developing a congruent and critical view of theory and practice for students graduating from counselling and psychotherapy courses. The PACFA Training Standards require training providers to make a clear statement of the philosophy of training underpinning the course and note that graduates should be able to apply knowledge and skills to: Personal and professional development; An integration of theory and practice; and Reflection on the nature of the therapeutic process. A philosophy of practice articulates how these three aspects weave together.

This webinar considers how this is reflected in Psychotherapy Training Standards, how it might be made more explicit in the PACFA Training Standards, how it may to be interpreted in the assessment of individual and course accreditation applications and why the importance given to the singularity of each student practitioner’s experience should distinguish psychotherapy and counselling training from the generic emphasis on manualised practices and multiple choice assessment.


Dr Kate Briggs is a psychoanalyst practicing in Melbourne and on the Mornington Peninsula, Vice President of the Lacan Circle of Australia and a PACFA Accredited Supervisor, Mental Health Practitioner and Clinical Registrant. Kate is Chair of the Professional Standards Committee and a board member of PACFA, deputy Convenor of the Australian College of Counselling and Psychotherapy Educators (ACCAPE), and a member of the Psychotherapy Working Party and leadership group for the College of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Healing Practices (CATSIHP). 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. Her essays on contemporary art have appeared in catalogues and books such as Radical Revisionism: An Anthology of Writings on Australian Art.

Dr Judith Ayre has been a counsellor educator since 2003 and has taught counselling at postgraduate and undergraduate levels and in the Vocational Education and Training sector, written curriculum for all levels, and maintained a clinical practice that includes the clinical supervision of counsellors and psychotherapists. In 2005, Judith introduced Emotion Focused Therapy as an 80-hour counselling specialisation into the Masters of Counselling at La Trobe. There are now more than 200 hundred graduates practicing EFT, and a specialised centre for emotion focused practice and practitioner training has been established in Victoria. Judith has been active on the leadership group of ACCAPE since 2017.

This webinar counts towards PD for ACCAPE membership not PACFA membership.

Register via the PACFA PORTAL 

Cancellations made 5 or less working days prior to the course commencement date are 100% non-refundable.
Cancellations made more than 5 working days prior to the course commencement date may apply via email to admin@pacfa.org.au for a refund.
After the commencement date/time of the course, no refunds are possible.

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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