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New partnership with Benestar

Posted on 5/05/2022
PACFA has established a new partnership with one of Australia’s largest employee assistance program providers, Benestar.

  

Preparing for your membership renewal

Posted on 5/05/2022
Members will soon receive a membership renewal email, with memberships expiring on 30 June 2022.

  

New partnership with Mental Health Professionals' Network

Posted on 5/05/2022
The role of counsellors and psychotherapists within the mental health workforce has gained further recognition with a new partnership between PACFA and the Mental Health Professionals' Network.

  

PACFA pushes key policy asks leading into federal election

Posted on 5/05/2022
PACFA President Dr Di Stow has been communicating with federal MPs and the media about PACFA’s policy asks – including access to Medicare rebates - leading up to the 21 May federal election.

  

New Professional Standards Committee members

Posted on 5/05/2022
PACFA welcomes two new members, Claire Malengret and Andrea Szász, to the Professional Standards Committee (PSC).

  

National Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week 2022

Posted on 5/05/2022
National Sorry Day will take place on Thursday 26 May 2022, with National Reconciliation Week following from 27 May to 3 June.

  

PACFA Council to vote on AHPA full membership and more

Posted on 5/05/2022
PACFA Council delegates will vote on key changes that will impact all members following an Information Session on Wednesday 11 May 2022.

  

New partnership with Malvern Private

Posted on 5/05/2022
PACFA has established a new partnership with Malvern Private to provide employment, referral, and professional development opportunities for our members. Attend our information session on 19 May, 6pm AEST to learn more.

  

Keeping your ‘Find a Therapist’ profile up to date

Posted on 5/05/2022
Make sure your therapist profile has these 5 things.

  

Join our Education Program Accreditation Committee (EPAC)

Posted on 5/05/2022
Participating in the PACFA accreditation process is an excellent way to contribute to the high quality of counselling and psychotherapy training, through discussion of standards, workforce development and confidential assessment.

  

President’s roadshow coming to your state

Posted on 5/05/2022
PACFA branches can look forward to a visit from President Dr Di Stow, as she prepares to embark on a national roadshow.

  

Tuning Relationships with Music: introducing Dr Vivienne Colegrove

Posted on 4/05/2022
Registered Clinical Counsellor and music therapist Dr Vivienne Colegrove has developed an evidence-based therapy for traumatised parents and their children.

  

New PACJA editor appointed

Posted on 4/05/2022
PACFA has appointed a new editor for our international peer-reviewed journal, the Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia.

  

Making the most of your membership: using your digital badge and trademarked title

Posted on 4/05/2022
In late 2021 PACFA launched our digital badges and trademarked titles, in line with our aim to promote our members as highly- trained and skilled professionals.

  

Free student membership launched

Posted on 4/05/2022
As many members heard at our Member Forum on 5 April, PACFA is now offering free membership to students of counselling and psychotherapy.

  

Get involved: join your local PACFA branch

Posted on 4/05/2022
Looking to connect with other PACFA members and make a difference to the profession? PACFA’s branches play an important role in networking, peer support, organising our high-quality professional development, and advocating for the profession.

  

PACFA’s Collaborative Festival of Ideas – calling for ‘collaborators’

Posted on 4/05/2022
PACFA’s Conference Committee has introduced a new format for the 2022 event – a Collaborative Festival of Ideas based on the theme Safety Through Diversity - and has put out a call for ‘collaborators’.

  

Participants wanted for five research studies

Posted on 4/05/2022
Five researchers are looking for counsellors and psychotherapists to participate in their research studies.

  

MHPN networking and professional development opportunities for PACFA members

Posted on 4/05/2022
Mental Health Professionals’ Network (MHPN) is a program funded by the Department of Health that offers mental health practitioners the opportunity to participate in interdisciplinary practitioner networks and free professional development.

  

Watch the recording of our Member Forum, 5 April 2022

Posted on 6/04/2022
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PACFA's strategic roadmap for Medicare…and more

Posted on 6/04/2022
At the Member Forum on Tuesday 5 April members heard PACFA President Dr Di Stow and CEO Johanna de Wever outline plans for achieving ‘Medicare and more’ for counsellors and psychotherapists.

  

Counsellors, psychotherapists and social media

Posted on 5/04/2022
Social media has been a boon for sharing ideas and marketing a private practice but for counsellors and psychotherapists, it can also present risks.

  

PACFA and Professional Development People partnership

Posted on 5/04/2022
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Preparing for your membership renewal: completing your logs

Posted on 5/04/2022
PACFA’s renewal period is fast approaching, with memberships expiring on 30 June 2022.

  

Bupa launches Indigenous Counselling

Posted on 5/04/2022
First Nations practising members of PACFA can now apply to become Bupa recognised providers of Indigenous Counselling.

  

Prolonged grief disorder classified as mental health condition

Posted on 5/04/2022
‘No one thinks that grief is ever really over, after you lose someone close’, according to Dr Katherine Shear, Director of the Center for Complicated Grief.

  

Join our Research Committee

Posted on 5/04/2022
Are you looking for a way to contribute to the counselling and psychotherapy profession and enhance your own career as a practitioner or academic?

  

PACFA members support Northern NSW community

Posted on 5/04/2022
PACFA counsellors and psychotherapists have joined other therapists in supporting the mental health needs of the Northern NSW community affected by floods.

  

PACFA Council Meeting 30 April

Posted on 5/04/2022
The PACFA Council – our organisation’s guiding body– meets for the first time in 2022 on Saturday 30 April.

  

World Health Day: changing climate and eco-anxiety

Posted on 5/04/2022
This year’s World Health Organisation (WHO) World Health Day – 7 April - is themed ‘Our planet, our health’, focusing on how the changing climate is impacting people’s health.

  

Member profile: Dr Nathan Beel

Posted on 1/04/2022
Nathan is a Registered Clinical Counsellor, PACFA-accredited supervisor, and member of the Queensland Branch. He is the Counselling Discipline Lead at the University of Southern Queensland and has a part-time counselling and supervision practice.

  

Sign up for ‘Providing therapy using online technologies’

Posted on 1/04/2022
Whether you have recently begun offering telehealth, or have been using it since before the pandemic, the PACFA course ‘Providing therapy using online technologies’ has something for you.

  

Participants wanted for three research studies

Posted on 1/04/2022
Three researchers are looking for counsellors and psychotherapists to participate in their research studies.

  

Participate on one of our accreditation panels

Posted on 1/04/2022
Participating in the PACFA accreditation process is an excellent way to contribute to the high quality of counselling and psychotherapy training.

  

SIRA renewals due by 29 April

Posted on 1/04/2022
Are you registered with SIRA (formerly WorkCover NSW)? Practitioners are required to apply for re-approval from SIRA to continue practising in the NSW workers compensation system.

  

PACFA members, sign up for our Member Forum on 5 April, 6pm

Posted on 30/03/2022
PACFA will continue to advocate for Medicare rebate access, and this is one of the key policies we’re asking candidates to adopt in the lead-up to the 2022 Federal Election.

  

Submissions open - Stillbirth Clinical Care Standard

Posted on 28/02/2022
ACFA members with knowledge about stillbirth are invited to provide feedback on the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care draft Stillbirth Clinical Care Standard.

  

Introducing member Anya Grichina

Posted on 28/02/2022
For March 2022 we profile member Anya Grichina, who runs her own Sydney-based private practice, Intimate Matters, specialising in relationships and sexual health counselling. Anya also teaches PACFA’s Building Your Private Practice course.

  

Volunteering for trauma relief for flood-affected

Posted on 28/02/2022
Would you like to volunteer your services for ‘trauma relief and regulating activities’ for those affected by flooding in northern NSW and Queensland?

  

WorkSafe Victoria recognises PACFA members

Posted on 28/02/2022
Clinical Victorian PACFA members who have a Bachelor or Master’s degree in counselling can register as providers with WorkSafe Victoria.

  

Join a PACFA Committee

Posted on 28/02/2022
Volunteering on one of PACFA’s committees is a fantastic way for members to contribute to the counselling and psychotherapy profession, and can enhance your own career as a practitioner or academic.

  

ReturnToWork South Australia recognises PACFA members

Posted on 28/02/2022
PACFA members in South Australia are able to provide services for work injured people, under the South Australian work injury scheme, ReturnTo Work South Australia (RTWSA).

  

Sign up for PACFA’s Mental Health Short Course

Posted on 28/02/2022
Run by Dr Catherine Hungerford in conjunction with the Cairnmillar Institute, the Mental Health Short Course aims to build practitioners’ skills and competencies around mental health and mental illness.

  

New Education Program Accreditation Committee (EPAC) Chair

Posted on 24/02/2022
Counsellor, psychotherapist, and educator Biliana Dearly has been appointed as the EPAC Chair.

  

Dianne’s legacy a gift for Indigenous Healing Practice

Posted on 24/02/2022
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised that the following article contains the images and names of people who have died.

  

Member profile: Adriana Seifertova

Posted on 24/02/2022
The February 2022 member profile is clinical psychotherapist and accredited supervisor Adriana Seifertova, who completed training with PACFA partner organisation Griefline in August 2021.

  

Call for abstracts: Virtual Asia-Pacific Mental Health Symposium

Posted on 1/02/2022
The Virtual Asia-Pacific Mental Health Symposium (VAMHS) will be held online on 9 and 10 April 2022, and is calling for abstracts.

  

Fee changes for SIRA registered PACFA members

Posted on 31/01/2022
If you are registered with the State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA - formerly WorkCover NSW), from 1 January 2022, the maximum fee you can charge increased.

  

Sign up for PACFA’s popular ‘Building Your Private Practice’ course

Posted on 31/01/2022
Are you thinking about starting a private practice, or have an existing private practice, but need some help making it the best it can be?

  

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2021-2031 announced

Posted on 31/01/2022
PACFA and our College of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Practices (CATSIHP) welcome the release of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2021-2031.