2014 PACFA Conference feedback

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The 2014 conference, Complexity & Connectedness in Life and Love, hosted jointly by PACFA, AARC and CAPA NSW was a great success.

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If you attended all or part of the conference, please give us your feedback by completing the very simple online feedback survey. The survey only takes a few minutes to complete.

Keynotes speakers Professor John McLeod and Professor David Tacey, and a rich array of invited and selected speakers, provided many stimulating learning opportunities for conference participants. A particular highlight of the conference was the inspiring Consumer and Carer Panel in which consumers and carers shared, in their own words, their experience of the conference theme.

PowerPoint presentations from some of the conference speakers are now available for download at the conference website.

PACFA wishes to thank all of the speakers and participants for making the Joint PACFA / AARC / CAPA NSW a big success. Thank you also to the Conference Committee for steering the conference to a successful conclusion and the conference sponsors: the Mental Health Council of Australia, the Australian College of Applied Psychology, Relationships Australia (NSW) and Fenton Green for generously supporting the conference.

New Literature Review published

PACFA is pleased to announce the publication of another two literature reviews in the series of reviews being produced on the effectiveness of a range of counselling and psychotherapy modalities.
The effectiveness of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy: A literature review of recent international and Australian research, by Dr Cadeyrn J. Gaskin, Gaskin Research. Click to download.

The effectiveness of body-oriented psychotherapy, by Alexandra Bloch-Atefi and Julie Smith. Click to download.

The effectiveness of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy: A literature review of recent international and Australian research

The purpose of this review was to determine the effectiveness of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Evidence from a small number of studies provides tentative support for the effectiveness of psychoanalysis in the treatment of patients with some depressive, anxiety, and personality disorders. The variable quality of this research, and the absence of control conditions in most studies, however, means that making more definitive statements about the effectiveness of psychoanalysis difficult at this time. The findings of studies on long-term psychoanalytic psychotherapy suggest that (a) favourable outcomes may be able to be achieved for people with a range of conditions, including mood, anxiety, sexual dysfunction, and personality disorders; (b) the outcomes achieved seem to be equivalent to those gained through the use of other psychotherapies; and (c) the effects of long-term psychoanalytic psychotherapy may endure long after the termination of treatment. Short-term psychoanalytic psychotherapy may be effective for the treatment of depressive disorders.

Given that researchers often use the terms psychoanalytic and psychodynamic interchangeably, however, practitioners should be cognisant of the work on the effectiveness of psychodynamic psychotherapies. This work is supportive of the use of psychodynamic psychotherapy for depressive disorders, some anxiety disorders (most notably, generalised anxiety disorder), somatic symptoms and some somatoform disorders (e.g., hypochondriasis), and some personality disorders (mainly borderline and Cluster C personality disorders). The benefits of psychoanalytic and psychodynamic psychotherapies typically seem to endure well beyond the termination of treatment. In general, the outcomes achieved with these treatments appear to be equivalent to those gained through other psychotherapies.

For a variety of reasons (e.g., the challenges associated with researching treatments that occur over long periods of time) there has been insufficient research conducted on the effectiveness of these psychotherapies, especially psychoanalysis. More research is required to strengthen the evidence base on the effectiveness of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

The effectiveness of body-oriented psychotherapy

The purpose of this literature review was to review research into the effectiveness of body-oriented and somatic psychotherapies.

The international effectiveness studies on body-oriented psychotherapy interventions were predominantly European and American. Modalities included breathwork, relaxation therapies, sensorimotor psychotherapy, somatic experiencing, affect-focused body-psychotherapy, body awareness and body-oriented group therapy, body-oriented group psychotherapy and touch therapies. Progress has been made by the UK National Institute of Health and Care Excellence in incorporating body-oriented psychotherapy in the guidelines for treatment of schizophrenia (Röhricht, 2009).

Body-oriented psychotherapy interventions have been demonstrated to be effective with different populations and settings (Loew, Tritt, Lahmann & Röhricht, 2006; Röhricht, 2009). However, in comparison with established modalities such as EMDR, Mindfulness-based therapy and acupoint stimulation, body-oriented psychotherapy interventions require further empirical research to be deemed effective according to the APA standards. A difficulty in standardising treatments and comparing effectiveness is that body-oriented psychotherapy includes a range of different approaches and protocols.

PACFA courses coming up

PACFA has a number of Continuing Professional Development courses coming up.

Bookings can be made online at the Counselling & Psychotherapy Portal. Click here to log-in or register for the first time for the Portal. For booking enquiries, contact Luisa Moreno on (03) 9486 3077, email admin@pacfa.org.au.

Dates Course
28 July to 10 August 2014 Online Mental Health Course
21 August to 4 September Online Practical Ethics Course
13 September 2014 Practical Ethics workshop – Hobart
13 September 2014 Practical Ethics workshop – Perth
20 October to 2 November 2014 Online Mental Health Course
31 October to 13 November 2013 Online Practical Ethics Course
29 November 2014 Practical Ethics workshop – Melbourne
29 November 2014 Practical Ethics workshop – Sydney

Practical Ethics for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (6 hours CPD)
This course was developed by PACFA in partnership with the Cairnmillar Institute. The course is offered as a face-to-face workshop and as an online course. The key themes are:
Foundations of Ethical Practice – morals, values and ethics
Stages of Ethical Decision Making – including common ethical traps
Record Keeping – including record keeping for social media connections
Dual Relationships – including boundary-crossing and self-reflection
Confidentiality – including circumstances when it is OK to break confidentiality
Cultural Sensitivity – strategies for responding to multicultural practice issues
Members: $165 (inc. GST) Non-members $220 (inc. GST)

Online Mental Health Course (8 hours CPD)
This online course was developed by PACFA in partnership with the University of Canberra. The course aims to build skills and competencies to support clients with their mental health.
Module 1: Mental Health and Illness
Module 2: Mental Health Assessment
Module 3: Mental Health Interventions
Module 4: Consumer Centred Models of Care, and Ethical Questions
Members: $220 (inc. GST) Non-members $330 (inc. GST)