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 the PACFA website and promotion through the PACFA Facebook page and the PACFA eNews.

If you would like PACFA members to participate in your research, please go to the Requesting PACFA to promote your research page.

Latest Research Studies

Invitation to participate in an online survey: The uses of drawing in professional practices

Researchers from Flinders University are conducting an online survey to investigate how drawing is used as a tool in various professional practices.

The study is currently seeking counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, art therapists, psychiatrists and counsellors to complete an anonymous online survey. The purpose of the survey is to learn why, how and when drawing is used as a tool in various professional practices. Participation involves completing an online survey with both structured and opened-ended questions. No identifying information will be collected, and data will be anonymous and confidential. Participants are free to withdraw or decline to answer questions at any time.

Recruitment for this study has commenced and will be open until 28 August 2020.

To participate in the survey, click HERE.

This research has received Human Ethics approval (Project No. HEL 1945) by the Flinders University Human Research Ethics Low Risk Panel. 

For further enquiries, please contact Ms Georgina Maddox, chief  investigator: 

Invitation for Australian Art Therapists to participate in study exploring how Art Therapy is delivered for trauma 

“Understanding the Structure of Art Therapy as a Trauma Intervention for Australian Adults” is a research study currently being conducted by Holly Bowen-Salter, a PhD Candidate at the University of South Australia 

The study is seeking participation in an online survey by Australian Art Therapists who have worked with adults with post-traumatic stress symptoms .

Trauma is the psychological and emotional response to events or experiences that are deeply distressing or disturbing. About 25% of people who are exposed to traumatic events develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Art therapy is a possible treatment for trauma and PTSD. However, in Australia, there is a need to better understand how Art Therapy is practiced for adults with trauma. Thinking back to before COVID-19, we are inviting Australian Art Therapists who have worked with adults with trauma symptoms to participate in our study which will explore how Art Therapy is delivered to assist with trauma symptoms for adults in Australia.

The study is currently recruiting participants to complete an open survey by Tuesday 30th June. 

To participate in the survey, click HERE.

This research has Human Ethics Approval from the University of South Australia, Human Ethics Committee Protocol Number: 201471.

Call for Research Participants: Assessing mental health workers’ use of telehealth during and after the COVID‐19 pandemic

Dr Louise Farrer, Senior Researcher at the Australian National University, is conducting a new study investigating how COVID-19 has shaped how mental health services are delivered and how mental health professionals have navigated the rapid shift toward telehealth during this time.

This study will recruit a national sample of Australian mental health professionals to complete an initial online survey (15 minutes). Participants will be invited to complete three brief follow-up surveys to assess ongoing use of telehealth. Respondents will also be invited to participate in an optional qualitative follow-up interview to explore their use of telehealth in further depth.

The study is currently seeking counsellors, psychologists, social workers, psychotherapists, and other mental health professional to complete a 15-minute anonymous online survey.  The survey asks about your role, your experiences with and attitudes towards telehealth, and how well you think telehealth works within your role. Recruitment commenced on May 18 2020 and will be open for 8 weeks (until 13 July 2020).

To complete the survey, click here 

This research has received Human Ethics approval (ANU Ethics Protocol 2020/249) by the Chair of the Science & Medical DERC, Australian National University. 

If you have any further enquiries, please contact Dr Lou Farrerlead investigator: 


Survey participants sought for research into the use of video games in therapy

Researchers at the University of Sydney are seeking participants to complete an online survey exploring clinicians’ and clients’ experiences and attitudes toward the application of “Serious Games” in psychotherapy. Serious Games are computer or video games that go beyond the purpose of pure entertainment, and also include an educational component.

The study is seeking participants aged 18 and 85 who live in Australia and have either undergone psychotherapy for mental health, or work in an area of mental health that provides talking therapy.  The study has ethics approval (No. 2019/338) from the Human Research Ethics Committee, Sydney University. All data collected will be anonymous.

Please follow the links below for further information and to participate in the survey:


Archived Research Studies

Go to the Archived Research Studies page.

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