PACFA eNewsletter January

In this January edition

Editorial
President’s Report

Feature Article

Liberation psychology as an agent of change for First Nations Peoples: An exploration of the decolonisation of concepts to minimise miscommunications and assumptions in an Australian context
By Associate Professor Frankie Merritt

PACFA News

Update on PACFA Restructure
Submission on anti-competitive practices of private health funds
2015 Fundraising Appeal
PACFA Guidelines on Client Records launched
New Federal Health Minister – Time for action on mental health
Review of PACFA Training Standards commencing in 2015
Research Forums in 2015
PACJA edition three to be published in February
Call for Tenders – Experiential Therapy
PACFA CPD events coming up

PACA eNews November

Sorry it’s so late…this one slipped through. Happy new year everyone.

In this November edition

Editorial
President’s Report

Feature Article

Culture and Politics as Perspective and Resource in Psychotherapy
By Merle Conyer

PACFA News

PACFA Restructure receives in principal support from PACFA Council
Ethics – New Draft Professional Conduct Procedures
Update on PsychOz
New PACFA policy on Continuing Professional Development
Private Health Insurance campaign and news of Westfund coverage
Research Forum – Family and Relationship Therapy
Reminder – Data collection project for client informed therapy
Call for Tenders – Experiential Therapy
Call for a ten year program of action to reform mental health
Applications open for MAs to join the Counselling & Psychotherapy Portal
PACJA edition three to be published soon
Participants sought for research studies:
  • PACFA-funded research project: Keeping trust in real-life therapy sessions
  • Study on attitudes to Overweight and Obesity
  • Study on sexual abuse

PACFA Update

PACFA Restructure receives in principal support from PACFA Council

On the weekend of 11–12 October, the PACFA Council met for PACFA’s 2014 Annual General Meeting. Charles Wilson was elected as the new PACFA President and Council farewelled and thanked Professor Ione Lewis for her significant contribution to PACFA as PACFA President over the last four years.

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Ethics – New Draft Professional Conduct Procedures

At the 2104 Annual General Meeting, the Chair of Ethics, Dr Elizabeth Riley, presented a Draft Working Document for PACFA’s Professional Conduct Procedures. PACFA’s procedures were out of date and required urgent review.

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Update on PsychOz

In the October eNews, PACFA announced that it was considering buying the highly respected and successful business, PsychOz Publications, which includes the Psychotherapy in Australia journal and the Human Condition Bookstore.  We saw this as a great opportunity to potentially generate new sources of income to support PACFA’s mission as peak body for the counselling and psychotherapy profession.

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Overseas volunteering opportunities for counsellors 

The Red Cross is seeking applications from professionals with counselling expertise and experience for a volunteer assignment in Cambodia. This could be a valuable opportunity to gain experience in humanitarian and development work, with full support provided by Australian Red Cross.

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PACFA eNews September

In this September edition

Editorial
President’s Report
Tribute to Ione Lewis

Feature Article

Responsiveness to client preferences: challenges and opportunities for research, practice
and service delivery
By Professor John McLeod, University of Abertay, Scotland 

PACFA News

Breaking news – PACFA purchasing PsychOz business
Update on proposed PACFA restructure
Update on Natural Therapies Review
PACFA data collection project for client informed therapy
Applications open soon for Member Associations wanting to join the Counselling & Psychotherapy Portal
PACJA call for articles
PACFA CPD events coming up
Free webinar – Online mental health resources
Discount places on Grief Journeys weekend retreat
Resources from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
Mental Health Begins with YOU!
Participants sought for research studies:

  • PACFA-funded research project: Keeping trust in real-life therapy sessions
  • Study on attitudes to Overweight and Obesity
  • Study on sexual abuse

PACFA eNews July

Sorry it’s a bit late…Al

In this July edition

Editorial
Conference Committee Report 

Feature Articles

In our own words: Complexity and connectedness in life and love
By Elida Meadows, Carer Representative, Mental Health Council of Tasmania 

Leave Suicide Behind – An extract from ‘Report to Greco’ on Intercultural Connectivity, Complexity and the Poetic Identity of Psychotherapy
By Craig San Roque 

PACFA News

PACJA Edition 2 published
Referral database for complex trauma work
PACFA Draft Guidelines on Client Records
New PACFA literature reviews on psychoanalysis and body-focussed psychotherapy  
Stronger Relationships trial commences
Free books for eNews readers
PACFA CPD events coming up
PACFA renewals and Counselling & Psychotherapy Portal update
Overseas volunteering opportunity for counsellors 
Call for tenders – Literature review on spiritually-informed counselling and psychotherapy
World Congress for Psychotherapy 2014
Call for practitioners to participate in a study on attitudes to overweight and obesity
 

2014 PACFA Conference feedback

2014 Conference – Feedback Survey Open

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

Complete Conference Feedback Survey now.

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)

PACFA March Update

New PACFA Ethics courses

Bookings are now being taken for PACFA’s new course, Practical Ethics for Counsellors and Psychotherapists, developed in partnership with the Cairnmillar Institute. 

The first online course commences on 14 March and face-to-face workshop are taking place in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane on 29 March. The course counts for 12 points (6 hours) of continuing professional development.

The key themes covered in the course 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
 
For details and bookings, go to the PACFA website.

Joint PACFA/AARC/CAPA NSW Conference
The Joint PACFA, AARC (Australian Association of Relationship Counsellors) and CAPA NSW (Counsellors and Psychotherapists Association of NSW) Conference website is now live and registrations are open. The conference will be held in Sydney from 13 to 15 June 2014. 

The Conference theme, Complexity & Connectedness in Life & Love, will explore how counsellors and psychotherapists support clients with the complex challenges of life and relationships in the 21st century, where identity and wellbeing are shaped by the prevalence of trauma and mental health issues, and the therapeutic encounter is an opportunity for greater connectedness in the face of the growing isolation in our world. 

For more details, and to register, go to the conference website

New PACFA CPD Policy launched
PACFA has developed a new Continuing Professional Development Policy which has now been disseminated to PACFA Registrants. The new CPD requirements commence from 1 July 2014. 

The new policy was developed in consultation with the PACFA Council and represents a significant new development as a wider range of CPD will be recognised by PACFA. The CPD Policy can be downloaded at the PACFA website.

 Annual CPD requirement – 40 points
There are 3 categories from which the annual 40 CPD points may be accrued. Category 1: MANDATORY 
One hour of CPD = 2 points. Minimum annual requirement – 30 points

Category 2: OPTIONAL 
One hour of CPD = 1 point. Maximum annual allowance – 10 points

Category 3: OPTIONAL
One hour of CPD = 1 point. Maximum annual allowance – 5 points

The annual requirement of 40 CPD points may all be accrued from category A.

 For full details, see the PACFA CPD policy.

PACFA eNewsletter January

In this January edition

Editorial
President’s Report

Feature Article

A Contributing Life: The 2013 National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

PACFA News

Opportunity for PACFA Registrants to deliver EAP services
PACFA’s Strategic Plan for 2014-15
Have your say: A new structure for PACFA
Government introduces vouchers for relationship counselling
2014 Conference – Complexity & Connectedness in Life and Love
Call for Poster Abstracts for 2014 Conference
Call for Expressions of Interest to facilitate PACFA’s new ethics course
2014 dates for PACFA Professional Development events
PACFA Fundraising Appeal reminder
New Counselling & Psychotherapy Portal coming soon
Free training in intellectual disability and mental health
Call for participants for research study on ethics
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Course scholarship availableRead the eNewsletter…..

PACFA eNews November

Sorry it’s so late !

In this November edition

Editorial President’s Report Register Report Welcome to Belinda Gomez

Feature Article

Seeking recognition through Mental Health Competencies

PACFA News

Have your say: A new structure for PACFA PACFA Fundraising Appeal launched Free training in intellectual disability and mental health Cap on self-education expenses scrapped PACFA Statement on therapeutic support for LGBTI individuals and their families 2014 Conference – Complexity & Connectedness in Life and Love New Intern application process launched PACFA Workforce Survey findings released New PACFA CPD scheme Literature review on the effectiveness of expressive arts therapies Australian Life in Recovery Survey Looking through the Lens of Adoption – Free training for counsellors

Read the eNewsletter…..

PACFA October update

News on the NDIS Pilot

PACFA recently received some exciting news about PACFA’s NDIS pilot project taking place in the Barwon region in Victoria. One of the Registrants in Barwon, who applied to DisabilityCare Australia (DCA) to be a provider for the NDIS, has now been approved as a provider. Congratulations to the successful Registrant and thank you to all the Barwon Registrants for taking part in the pilot. Other Registrants in Barwon are still in the process of putting in their applications or are waiting for an answer on their applications.

While acceptance as a Provider for the NDIS is not guarantee of referrals, it is an important achievement as we have now ‘tested the water” and have confirmed that there is no barrier to counsellors and psychotherapists participating in the NDIS. A lot of hard work is still to come, building awareness of support counsellors and psychotherapists can provide to NDIS clients, and creating referral links. IN the next few months, PACFA plans to start networking in Barwon to create referral opportunities.

New Intern Category on the PACFA Register

At the PACFA Annual General Meeting in October, PACFA Council agreed to introduce a new category on the PACFA Register for Interns. This important new development will enable graduates of counselling and psychotherapy programs that meet PACFA’s standards to list on the PACFA Register while they are working towards completing the 200 clients hours linked to 50 hours, required for provisional registration.

The Intern Registration Application Form is now available at the PACFA Website, together with the Intern Registration Guidelines. There is a non-refundable application fee of $44. Intern registration lasts for two years and if the intern has not upgraded to the next registration level within the 2 years, a new application can be made for a further two year intern registration period.

Prospective applicants for Intern Registration will need to belong to a PACFA member association. Most member associations already have intern membership (or something equivalent) which will make it possible for prospective interns to apply immediately. For member associations that do not yet have an intern memberships (or equivalent), PACFA can provide advice on establishing the new membership level. Contact the PACFA CEO for assistance,maria.brett@pacfa.org.au.

PACFA Workforce Survey

PACFA has completed a research study of the counselling and psychotherapy workforce in partnership with La Trobe University. This involved undertaking a Workforce Survey in order to better understand the workforce and to gather information about practitioners and the counselling and psychotherapy profession in general. A key aim of the study was to provide PACFA with vital information needed to support our advocacy work and our overall credibility, and to provide us with a valuable base of information to begin to document the credentials, legitimacy and practice characteristics of our profession, as well as identifying the needs and views of members to help guide our planning for the future.

Some members of PACFA Member Associations participated in the Workforce Survey and the final project report was published in 2012. Thank you to those who completed the survey.

The project report is available at the PACFA website.

Reference:

Schofield, M.J., & Roedel, G. (2012). Australian psychotherapists and counsellors: A study of therapists, therapeutic work, and professional development. Melbourne: La Trobe University.

Call for Abstracts – 2014 Conference

Readers are reminded that the Call for Abstracts is out for the 2014 PACFA Conference which is being jointly hosted by PACFA and two of our member associations, the Australian Association of Relationship Counsellors (AARC) and the Counsellors and Psychotherapists Association of NSW (CAPA NSW). The theme of the conference is Complexity & Connectedness in Life & Love: Working with trauma, mental health and Identity.

Pre-conference workshops: Friday 13 June 2014
Conference: Saturday 14 to Sunday 15 June, 2014
Place: Aerial Function Centre, University of Technology, Ultimo, Sydney
Abstracts: Due Monday, 2 December 2013

Counsellors and Psychotherapists interested in presenting at the conference  should submit an Abstract in accordance with the requirements set out in the Call for Abstracts.  Download the Call for Abstracts.