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Interest Groups

PACFA Interest Groups are informal groups of members who come together to explore aspects of practice and to provide networking, learning and support opportunities.

Interest Groups are new to PACFA and members are encouraged to support the new Interest Groups that have been formed so that we can offer members a range of interesting groups relating to their shared professional interests.

Interest Groups relate to:

  • Modalities, interventions, client groups or work settings
  • Social policy issues affecting practice
  • Professional standards in areas of shared interest

Diversity in Gender, Body, Kinship, and Sexuality

The Diversity in Gender, Body, Kinship, and Sexuality aims to raise awareness and advocate for LGBTIQ issues within PACFA and to promote good practice when working with LGBTIQ clients.

In 2018, the Leadership Group of the Diversity in Gender, Body, Kinship, and Sexuality Interest Group reviewed PACFA’s Position Statement on Therapeutic Support for LGBTIQ clients and their families. This important document ensures safe practice by explicitly prohibiting the practice of so-called conversion therapies which have been found to be harmful to LGBTIQ clients.

The Leadership Group of the Diversity in Gender, Body, Kinship, and Sexuality Interest Group plans to develop practice resources and professional development opportunities around working with Diversity in Gender, Body, Kinship, and Sexuality clients.

Older People Interest Group

In December 2020, a new Interest Group was formed. The Older Persons Interest Group aims to raise awareness of counsellors with experience in working with older people and advocate for their recognition, raise issues to Government through appropriate channels, and promote good practice when working with older people.

The latter may include developing or highlighting sound practice resources, and creating professional development opportunities for working with older people. We welcome your ideas for professional development and your support as we develop this Interest Group through 2021.

Proposed new Interest Groups

There are future plans to start another two interest groups: 

  • Trauma-informed practice Interest Group
  • Clinical Supervision Interest Group