What counts as legitimate knowledge in psychotherapy and counselling: Considering evidence-informed practice

Research Forum

PACFA has recently released an updated statement on the use of evidence to inform practice in psychotherapy and counselling. This new statement emphasises ‘evidence-informed’ rather than ‘evidence-based’ practice, to acknowledge wider debates and developments in research epistemology and ontology.

The statement includes consideration of a range of sources of evidence that PACFA members might use in their practice.

This webinar introduces the statement and the issues it raises for our profession in what counts as legitimate knowledge to underpin effective practice.

Presenters, all members of PACFA’s Research Committee, bring diversity of professional training and experience to this topic.
Members $15
Students $10
Non-members $20

For PACFA Registrants, the course counts as 1 hour of Category A CPD (Continuing Professional Development).


Dr Alexandra Bloch-Atefi
Alexandra is a lecturer in the Graduate Program in Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Adelaide, specialising in trauma-informed and body-based modalities. She is a member of the PACFA Research Committee and the PACJA Editorial Board Convenor as well as a Conference Committee member. Alexandra holds memberships with Association of Soul Centred Psychotherapists and the Australian Psychological Society. Her research interests include trauma, mindfulness and somatic approaches as well as how to advance the field of counseling and psychotherapy.

Dr Elizabeth Day
Elizabeth is a senior lecturer in the Master of Psychotherapy program at the Auckland University of Technology. She provides research supervision to Masters and Doctoral candidates, and clinical supervision to students on placement. She co-edited the PACFA book Psychotherapy and counselling: Reflections on practice (OUP, 2016), and has published on phenomenology and ethics, psychotherapeutic field theory, mindfulness, and gender and sexuality identity. She is a member and past chair of the PACFA Research Committee, and editorial board member of PACJA.

Dr. Rhys Price-Robertson
Rhys is the Editor of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia (PACJA), a Workforce Development Manager at the Australian Institute of Family Studies, and in his final year of Gestalt therapy training. He has researched and published extensively on topics such as mental health, psychotherapy, fathering, family life, and social theory.


Register via the PACFA PORTAL 


Cancellations made 5 or less working days prior to the course commencement date are 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 50% refund.

Alternatively, course bookings may be transferred to another person or to a future course or event. Requests to transfer must be made via email to admin@pacfa.org.au 5 working days prior to the course commencing. 

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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