Supporting Research Studies

PACFA is committed to supporting the development of the evidence base for the psychotherapy and counselling professions. To this end, it supports requests from experienced researchers and students to recruit participants for their research, by promoting it to PACFA members. PACFA Registrants and other counsellors and psychotherapists are encouraged to participate in these research studies, and where appropriate, to encourage clients to participate in studies.

Promotion opportunities are the Supporting Research Studies page on PACFA website and the PACFA eNews.

Criteria for promotion of research


For researchers and students wanting PACFA to promote your research, please consider the following guidelines as you make your request.

For PACFA to consider promoting research, it must be:
  • on a topic specifically relevant to counselling and psychotherapy
  • undertaken in a recognised institute of higher education
  • in the case of students, in an accredited training or education program, working under supervision
  • approved by a recognised Ethics Committee
  • concordant with PACFA’s Code of Ethics and other relevant policies

Requests for promotion of research should include:
  • Name and contact information of researcher and supervisor (where appropriate)
  • Name of institution and course
  • Outline of research, including survey instruments
  • Copy of ethics approval document
  • Timeframe: start and end of recruitment period
  • Clear information about criteria for participants being sought
  • A short paragraph (maximum 100 words) about the research and participants sought, suitable for publishing to PACFA members

The response process is as follows:

Requests should be sent to Research Committee Chair C/O natres@pacfa.org.au
  • The Chair will check that the request addresses all listed requirements.
  • Then two members of the Research Committee will be requested to review the documents and assess whether they meet the requirements.
  • If the reviewers agree that the requirements have been met, the Research Committee Chair will advise the researchers and forward the information to PACFA staff for promotion through the website and e-news.
  • The request will be removed from PACFA’s website at the stated end date for recruitment.

Latest Research Studies

There are currently no studies being advertised.

Archived Research Studies

Go to the Archived Research Studies page.