What is PACFA

The Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia is a leading national peak body and professional association for counsellors and psychotherapists in Australia. Our mission is to represent the profession to communities and government, and to develop the evidence-base for counselling and psychotherapy.

PACFA promotes the development and practice of counselling and psychotherapy and respects and supports the diversity of approaches within the field. We provide a united forum for practitioners and for counselling and psychotherapy associations, to foster professional identity, support training and research, and ensure public accountability.

PACFA provides self-regulation functions for the counselling and psychotherapy profession. Members of PACFA Member Associations may be eligible for listing on PACFA’s National Register.  PACFA Registrants have demonstrated an approved level of training, experience and competence and comply with PACFA’s ethical standards. The Register is accessible via the PACFA website to members of the public looking for a counsellor or psychotherapist and to other professionals wishing to make referrals.

Strategic Priorities

  1. Support the individual and organisational members of PACFA and advance their interests
  2. Strengthen the capacity of PACFA as a peak body for the psychotherapy and counselling profession
  3. Regulate the profession and the practice of counselling and psychotherapy
  4. Promote the health and wellbeing of diverse groups in Australian communities
  5. Lobby government, private health funds and other key stakeholders, and campaign for recognition of counsellors and psychotherapists
  6. Undertake, support and disseminate counselling and psychotherapy research
  7. Develop the counselling and psychotherapy workforce to meet the needs of diverse communities
  8. Consult widely to ensure the views and needs of diverse practitioners and clients are addressed by PACFA’s policies, standards and activities

For further details see the PACFA Mission and Values page

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