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GST interest group – expressions of interest open

Posted on 30/11/2021
Can you spare some time and expertise to do what needs to be done for the advancement of our profession?


PACFA expands membership base in 2021

Posted on 30/11/2021
2021 has been a huge year for PACFA, with significant membership growth.


PACFA office closure

Posted on 30/11/2021
The PACFA office will be closed from COB Thursday 23 December 2021, reopening Monday 17 January 2022.


Member profile: Amy Woods, Counsellor with Eating Disorders Victoria

Posted on 30/11/2021
In this member profile, Amy Woods, a counsellor at Eating Disorders Victoria, talks about why the Covid pandemic may have caused an increase in eating disorders, and EDV’s ‘stop gap’ five-session counselling support model.


PACFA shares results of 2020 workforce study

Posted on 30/11/2021
Results of the PACFA Research Committee’s 2020 study of the counselling and psychotherapy workforce have been presented to PACFA members and the Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium.


Applications for the ANZAED Eating Disorder Credential now open

Posted on 30/11/2021
Mental health professionals providing treatment for people experiencing eating disorders, in both public and private settings, can now apply for the ANZAED Eating Disorder Credential.


New issue of PACJA available online

Posted on 30/11/2021
PACFA is pleased to announce that the latest issue of the Psychotherapy & Counselling Journal of Australia - our international, peer-reviewed academic journal - is now published and available to read online.


Psychotherapy and Counselling Today coming to your mailbox

Posted on 30/11/2021
The next issue of our magazine, Psychotherapy and Counselling Today, will begin to appear in members’ letterboxes mid-December.


Nominate an outstanding student for PACFA’s National Awards Scheme

Posted on 30/11/2021
Each year, PACFA offers our accredited course providers the opportunity to award the PACFA Outstanding Graduate Prize to the most outstanding graduating student from each institution.


Call for interest in new College of Creative and Experiential Arts Therapies

Posted on 30/11/2021
PACFA is seeking expressions of interest for the proposed new College of Creative and Experiential Arts Therapies.


A thank you to all our wonderful volunteers

Posted on 30/11/2021
As 2021 draws to a close, PACFA would like to extend our sincere thanks to our wonderful volunteers who are vital to the strength of our organisation and have helped make the past year so successful.


EOIs now open for proposed new interest group: Infants, Children, and Young People

Posted on 30/11/2021
Expressions of interest) are invited from any PACFA member who works therapeutically with children and young people.


PACFA and Australian Patients Association partnership announcement

Posted on 30/11/2021
PACFA is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Australian Patients Association (APA).


Ground-breaking Indigenous Healing Practice Standards launched

Posted on 4/11/2021
PACFA and the College of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Practices (CATSIHP) have launched ground-breaking Indigenous Healing Practice Training Standards.


New ANZAED Eating Disorder Credential

Posted on 4/11/2021
Applications for new ANZAED Eating Disorder Credential opening 24 November.


PACFA welcomes Select Committee’s national minimum standards recommendation

Posted on 4/11/2021
PACFA welcomes the Select Committee into Mental Health and Suicide Prevention’s recommendation that the Australian Government review counselling and psychotherapy standards to determine national minimum standards for the profession.


Making the most of your membership - College membership

Posted on 29/10/2021
Each month in eNews, our friendly membership staff cover a topic of frequent interest to members.


PACFA Advocacy update

Posted on 29/10/2021
Meetings with MPs, radio interviews, and meetings with stakeholders.


Update to 2022 PACFA Conference - Safety through diversity

Posted on 29/10/2021
PACFA warmly invites all members to join us at the upcoming 2022 Conference: Safety Through Diversity: emerging challenges and opportunities in the provision of mental health care.


Psychedelic medicines for mental health - summit and interest group expressions of interest

Posted on 29/10/2021
Interested in the ground-breaking use of psychedelic medicines in therapy for conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety and addiction?


COVID restrictions and vaccination FAQs

Posted on 29/10/2021
As Australia opens up following multiple Covid-related lockdowns in various states and territories, PACFA has developed FAQs regarding vaccination, as well as updated our information on practising during the pandemic.


Help your new clients find you – update your ‘Therapist details’

Posted on 29/10/2021
In an exciting development for PACFA members, Beyond Blue will soon be adding counsellors and psychotherapists to its ‘Find a professional’ national directories page, linking directly to the PACFA ‘Find a therapist’ search directory.


College Leadership Group elections

Posted on 28/10/2021


Profile of Academic member and CATSIHP Convenor Carlie Atkinson

Posted on 27/10/2021
A profile of PACFA member Dr Carlie Atkinson, CEO of We Al-li and Convenor of PACFA’s College of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Practices.


Victory for PACFA members working with people seeking gender surgery

Posted on 24/10/2021
The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) has issued a letter to its Australian health professional members reminding them of its Standard of Care guidelines.


COVID update: Victoria and New South Wales vaccine regulations for allied health services

Posted on 5/10/2021
PACFA has received information from Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA) concerning our members in NSW and Victoria.


PACFA steps up advocacy in Covid crisis

Posted on 4/10/2021
PACFA has stepped up its advocacy to Federal and state governments, as well as key mental health stakeholders, as the Covid-related mental health crisis intensifies.


Digital badges are coming this month

Posted on 4/10/2021
PACFA will email practising members their exclusive professional title digital badges this month (October 2021).


Making the most of your membership - Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Posted on 4/10/2021
Each month in eNews, our friendly membership staff cover a topic of frequent interest to members. This month we are covering CPD, including what counts as CPD and what the different categories mean.


PACFA members and the NDIS

Posted on 4/10/2021
PACFA is partnering with two National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) providers to provide low-cost webinars for members on working in this area.


Marketing your telehealth practice – free resources for members

Posted on 4/10/2021
Australian video telehealth software company Coviu has put together a guide on how to market your telehealth practice.


Dr Gávi Ansara new Acting Editor of PACJA

Posted on 4/10/2021
PACFA is pleased to announce that Dr Gávi Ansara (PhD Psychol, MCouns) will take on the role of Acting Editor of PACFA’s international peer-reviewed journal, PACJA.


From English teaching to counselling – a profile of member Fiona Griffith

Posted on 4/10/2021
This is a member-only news item. You will be prompted to log in before you are able to view Fiona's interview.


headspace revises ‘appropriately qualified’ clinician list

Posted on 4/10/2021
PACFA has been advocating to headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation about the high standards of PACFA member counsellors and psychotherapists and their availability to support the immense demand for headspace’s services.


Call for submissions: Contribute to the next edition of PACJA

Posted on 4/10/2021
PACJA is now accepting submissions for a Special Issue on Systemic and Community-informed Approaches to Climate Justice.


Help us help Australians by providing Medicare rebates, PACFA President tells committee

Posted on 12/09/2021
PACFA President Di Stow told the Select Committee on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention that Medicare rebates for counsellors and psychotherapists would enable them to provide greater mental health help to Australians.


If they're not OK on R U OK Day

Posted on 7/09/2021
Australians who are going to be asking friends, family members and colleagues ‘Are you OK?’ on R U OK Day this Thursday 9 September should be prepared for the answer: ‘No’.


New digital member badges for practising members

Posted on 2/09/2021
PACFA’s practising members will soon have access to exclusive digital badges that clearly state their professional title.


Update to Covid restrictions for PACFA members

Posted on 2/09/2021
PACFA members in several states continue to live and work within Covid-19-related lockdowns and changing restrictions.


R U OK Day and World Suicide Prevention Day

Posted on 2/09/2021
R U OK Day (9 September) and World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September) will highlight the importance of destigmatising mental illness and reaching out for help if struggling in lockdown.


Using an intergenerational lens when working with children and parents: free webinar

Posted on 2/09/2021
Do you work with families, and are you interested in learning about how practitioners can better support child social and emotional wellbeing?


Working online during Covid and beyond

Posted on 1/09/2021
Delivering a safe, high quality and ethical therapy service online requires understanding the differences between providing therapy face to face and online.


VETASSESS partnership recognises PACFA’s expertise

Posted on 1/09/2021
PACFA has signed a memorandum of understanding with Australia’s largest skills assessment provider, VETASSESS, to provide our expertise on psychotherapy and counselling qualifications.


Update your Find a Therapist details

Posted on 1/09/2021
The Find a Therapist search function on the PACFA website has been updated, so members of the public looking for a counsellor or psychotherapist are now able to search by therapy modality and specialisation.


Griefline partnership underway

Posted on 1/09/2021
More than 200 PACFA members have attended an information webinar about the exclusive partnership between PACFA and Griefline on its Continuation of Care scheme.


Low-cost Group Supervisor Directory launched

Posted on 31/08/2021
PACFA has launched a new member-only resource, a directory of PACFA-accredited supervisors who offer low-cost*, group supervision online.


New PACFA/Relationships Australia NSW partnership

Posted on 27/08/2021
PACFA has signed a new agreement with Relationships Australia-NSW that aims to open up work opportunities exclusively for our members.


Psychedelic Medicines for Mental Health summit

Posted on 27/08/2021
Mind Medicine Australia is presenting its inaugural Summit on Psychedelic Medicines for Mental Health, to be held online on 19 and 20 November 2021.


Call for nominations for College and Branch elections

Posted on 5/08/2021
We will shortly be putting out a call for nominations for the Leadership Group members for most PACFA Colleges and Branches PACFA. This is done every two years to give existing members the chance to re-nominate and new members the opportunity to join


NSW COVID-19 Lockdown

Posted on 5/08/2021
Public health advise from the NSW government for Allied Health Professionals.