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PACFA West holds its first residential Professional Development event

On 8-10 November, PACFA West held its first residential Professional Development event. Ten participants enjoyed a residential weekend of professional development in Dryandra Forest Village, featuring regionally-based presenters from across the Southwest and Great Southern. Participants were joined by special guest, PACFA President Di Stow.

The weekend retreat-style event came about as a response to feedback from Branch members wanting to see an event offered outside of Perth.

The program began with a shared evening meal on the Friday and included presenters from Albany, Bunbury and Dunsborough on the theme of Grief, Loss and Self Care. Pat Kelly presented a practical approach to the Reality of Dying, Death and Grief; Treeny Cribb offered a powerful experience of Wu Tao and art therapy; Diana Phillips and Sally Pamberger shared two perspectives of surviving and thriving following a complaint in the Gift of Criticism, followed by a Q&A session facilitated by Di Stow, who provided Branch members with an update on PACFA’s activities and an overview of the support that PACFA provides to members.

The weekend included a guided nocturnal tour provided by Barna Mia fauna sanctuary, home to some of Western Australia’s threatened native animals including bilbies, boodies, mala and woylies. Participants also spotted the occasional brush-tailed possum and were serenaded by boobook owls.

This residential event was a first for PACFA West and an exciting step for the Branch leadership group, boosted by enthusiastic feedback from participants. One of the highlights identified was a greater sense of connectedness and community. PACFA West is already planning ahead for the next event in 2020 and welcomes suggestions from Branch members for a theme and presenters.

30 Perth-based PACFA West members also recently enjoyed an evening with PACFA President Di Stow, who updated attendees on PACFA activities and aspirations, and then shared with some of her methods and experiences of supporting clients through Grief and Loss issues. Event attendees enjoyed the collegiate sharing and Di’s warm wisdom.

Upcoming activities for PACFA West regional members’ diaries include:

  • Bi-monthly online regional peer supervision, with the next meeting on Wednesday 4 December at 5.30pm.
  • Online regional meet up on Wednesday February 12, 2020 at 5.30pm – please join us to share what is happening in your patch.