PACFA Workforce Survey 2015

In September, the PACFA Research Committee launched its 2015 Counselling and Psychotherapy Workforce Survey.

PACFA last undertook a survey of the counselling and psychotherapy workforce in 2008, in partnership with La Trobe University. The outcomes of the study were published by La Trobe University in 2012 and the report is available for download at the Workforce Survey page.

The previous workforce study is already out of date as the counselling and psychotherapy workforce continues to grow and change. The 2015 Australian Counselling and Psychotherapy Workforce Survey therefore aims to provide up to date information that will help us to better understand the counselling and psychotherapy workforce in Australia.

A key aim of the Survey is to provide PACFA with vital information needed to support our advocacy work. The study will provide us with a valuable base of information to begin to document the credentials, legitimacy and practice characteristics of our profession, as well as identifying the needs and views of practitioners in order to help guide our future advocacy work.

To attain the most representative picture possible of the nature and demographics of the Australian counselling and psychotherapy workforce in 2015, we want to recruit as many practising counsellors and psychotherapists, students, academics, and qualified practitioners who are now working in management positions to take part.

To participate in the survey, please click on the Survey link.

For more detailed information about the Survey, please download the Invitation to participate in 2015 Workforce Study.

Invitation to participate in PACFA’S 2015 Workforce Survey

Dear counselling or psychotherapy practitioner/student,

You are invited to participate in an online survey on the Australian counselling and psychotherapy workforce.

The study is being undertaken by the PACFA Research Committee. The results will be published in the Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia, and shared with the Australian Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists to inform joint lobbying of government for greater professional recognition of  counsellors and psychotherapists.

If you decide to participate, you will be asked to click on the link below for the online workforce survey. The first question will ask for your consent to participate. The survey is comprised of demographic and workforce questions. Practitioners will be asked to complete 26 questions, made up of multiple choice and open-ended questions. Students will be asked to complete 12 questions, made up of multiple choice and open-ended questions.

By participating in this workforce study, you will be contributing to your profession, and have access to updated information on the counselling and psychotherapy workforce in Australia once the results of the workforce study are published.

Participation in this study is voluntary, and you are free to withdraw from the study at any time prior to the submission of your survey responses. As the survey asks about practitioners’ qualifications, experience, employment status and aspects of your practice such as online delivery, and students’ experience of training, participants may experience their participation in the research as stressful or challenging. If you are a practitioner, you are encouraged to discuss the survey with your clinical supervisor. If you are a student, you are encouraged to discuss the survey with your teaching staff. You can also contact online counselling services such as Mental Health Online here, or if you are a young person, Reachout here. The survey does not ask for specific details about your practice with clients or collect personally identifying information.

There are no costs incurred by participating in the study, apart from your time. You will need access to the internet to complete the study.

You are encouraged to forward this information and the survey link to other counselling and psychotherapy practitioners and students.

When you have read this information, you may wish to discuss the research study further with Dr John Meteyard E: John.Meteyard@acap.edu.au or Professor Ione Lewis E: Ione.Lewis@acap.edu.au or Ione.Lewis59@gmail.com. If you would like to know more at any stage, please feel free to contact us.

You can access the Australian Counselling and Psychotherapy Workforce Survey here.

Any concerns or complaints about the conduct of this study should be directed to the:

ACAP HREC Secretary
Australian College of Applied Psychology
Locked Bag 11, Strawberry Hills NSW 2012
Email: hrecsecretary@acap.edu.au.

Any complaint will be investigated promptly and you will be informed of the outcome.


Dr John Meteyard and Professor Ione Lewis
on behalf of the PACFA Research Committee