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

Calling for survey participants: Using digital technologies to deliver counselling to the isolated

The University of Notre Dame is currently seeking qualified counsellors to participate in a Master of Counselling qualitative research project, “Using digital technologies to deliver counselling to the isolated. Do the benefits outweigh the risks?”. To participate in the short 15 – 20-minute anonymous online survey you will need to have met a minimum of 3 years or 250 hours supervised clinical practice and have experience working with digital technologies to counsel clients.

PACFA members can learn more and participate in the study via this dedicated Facebook page: Using Digital Technologies to Counsel. The research will be completed in November 2020.

If you have any further questions, please contact Belinda Tinson (student researcher): 20174562@nd.edu.au, or Dr Cathy Bettman (chief investigator and supervisor): Catherine.Bettman@nd.edu.au

This study has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee at The University of Notre Dame Australia (approval number: 2020-016S). 


Survey participants sought for investigation into the initial and continuing motivations of Counsellors

A University of Notre Dame Master of Counselling research project is looking into the initial and continuing motivations of Counsellors to enter and remain in the counselling field.  As part of this project, researchers are seeking participants to complete a qualitative survey (20 to 25 minutes) online. To participate in this study, you will need to be a current PACFA or ACA member with at least 250 hours or 3 years of supervised counselling experience.

Data from the qualitative survey will be thematically analysed.   

If you are interested in finding out more about this study and participating, please follow the link: Motivations of Counsellors  

If you have any further questions or require any further information about the project, please contact Catherine Bettman: catherine.bettman@nd.edu.au

This research has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of The University of Notre Dame, Australia (Approval Number: 2020-017S). 


Opportunity to participate in research exploring Counsellors’ perspectives on the impact of environmental changes on mental health in Australia

Researchers at the University of Notre Dame are seeking participants to take part in an anonymous online survey as part of a Master of Counselling research study into counsellors’ perspectives on the impact of environmental changes on mental health in Australia. To participate in this study, you will need to be a current PACFA or ACA member with at least 250 hours or 3 years of supervised counselling experience, who is NOT experiencing any symptoms of vicarious trauma, depression, anxiety, or eco-anxiety. 

If you are interested in finding out more about this study and possibly participating, please follow this link: Perspectives of Eco Anxiety

If you have any further questions or require any further information about the project, please contact Catherine Bettman, Chief Investigator: catherine.bettman@nd.edu.au

The study has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee at the University of Notre Dame Australia (approval number 2020-118S.


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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