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Interest Groups

PACFA Interest Groups are informal groups of members who come together to explore aspects of practice and to provide networking, learning and support opportunities.

Interest Groups are new to PACFA and members are encouraged to support the new Interest Groups that have been formed so that we can offer members a range of interesting groups relating to their shared professional interests.

Interest Groups relate to:

Modalities, interventions, client groups or work settings
Social policy issues affecting practice
Professional standards in areas of shared interest

LGBTIQ Interest Group
The LGBTIQ Interest Group aims to raise awareness and advocate for LGBTIQ issues within PACFA and to promote good practice when working with LGBTIQ clients.

In 2018, the Leadership Group of the LGBTIQ Interest Group reviewed PACFA’s Position Statement on Therapeutic Support for LGBTIQ clients and their families. This important document ensures safe practice by explicitly prohibiting the practice of so-called conversion therapies which have been found to be harmful to LGBTIQ clients.

In January 2020, a new Leadership Group is forming to bring new ideas and energy to the Interest Group. All Leadership Group members bring expertise and experience of LGBTIQ issues. 

Don Secomb (Convenor)
Trish Thompson
Dr Gávi Ansara
Melinda Cavaliere
Jade Wren Pearson
Carolyn Rogers

Clinical Hypnotherapy Interest Group
The Clinical Hypnotherapy Interest Group was formed to support the practice of Hypnotherapy within PACFA. The Interest Group is not currently operating as there is no active Leadership Group.

Proposed new Interest Groups
There are future plans to start another two interest groups: 

  • Trauma-informed practice Interest Group
  • Clinical Supervision Interest Group