Opportunities for PACFA members to participate in research studies


As part of our commitment to supporting the development of the evidence base for the psychotherapy and counselling professions, PACFA regularly promotes participation in approved research projects to our members. We encourage our members and other counsellors and psychotherapists to participate in these research studies, and where appropriate, to invite your clients’ participation.

Research studies seeking participation from PACFA members include:

Calling for mid-career counsellors, psychotherapists and/or counselling psychologists with 12 to 18 years of practice experience

The survey contains a mix of open-text response boxes and likert-type scales. Some multiple choice and matrix-style questions are also included. The survey is expected to take 10 to 15 minutes to complete.

An investigation into online counselling: a qualitative study

The aim of this study is to investigate online counselling using a qualitative approach and semi structured interviews. This will allow for a deeper and richer investigation into how effective online counselling can be from the perspective of counsellors that have been catapulted to work online as a result of COVID-19. The study aims to look at how online counselling has impacted upon the rapport between the client and the counsellor and how difficult it may be to read non-verbal cues through a computer screen. It aims to explore whether counselling sessions are being held in safe and confidential spaces and whether online counselling has been found to be more convenient by counsellors and clients alike. (Ethics Approval No: 2021-007S). 

Strengthening relationships in a pandemic? A qualitative exploration of what worked

This project investigates long term romantic relationships which have strengthened during the pandemic.
We are recruiting members of healthy relationships which have strengthened during the pandemic to uncover any insights or learnings that could be used to help other relationships post-pandemic. (Ethics Approval No: 2021-034S)

Examining Current Measures of Sexual Assault Intervention Efficacy

We would like to invite you to help us better understand the assessment measures used when working with survivors of sexual assault in Australia.  This research is being conducted by Lucinda Hinckfuss in partial fulfilment of a Masters in Clinical Psychology at the University of Tasmania, under the supervision of Prof Kimberley Norris from the School of Psychological Sciences. (Ethics Approval Number: 22951)

Is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy a Procrustean bed approach enforcing therapeutic conformity? A qualitative study

The primary aim of this study is to explore the lived experiences of counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists in Australia with regards to whether or not cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a “one size fits all” approach. It is also hoped to ascertain whether practitioners feel that there is an over dependence on the use of CBT in modern day psychotherapy. It aims to explore whether they feel that they must conform to its use because of the empirical evidence and the clinical guidelines, rather than choosing the approach that fits them and their clients best. (Ethics Approval No: (2021-007S).

To find out more about these studies and other research participation opportunities, please go to Supporting Research Studies on the PACFA website.

If you would like PACFA members to participate in your research, please see: Requesting PACFA to promote your research.