Dear Member Associations,


We are writing to let you know the latest edition of the PACFA’s journal, Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia, has been published and is available for free online.


Please re-distribute this news to any colleagues and members who would be interested in reading the journal.


Kind regards


Julia Bilecki I Information Services Coordinator
Psychotherapy & Counselling Federation of Australia

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PACJA Edition Five published

Edition 5 of PACJA (Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia), PACFA’s online research journal, has been published at the PACJA website.

PACJA is an international, open-source, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing original papers of quality. The journal offers immediate access to practice, theory, and research articles, and is a valuable resource for practitioners, researchers, educators and students.

In her editorial, PACJA’s Editor, Dr. Jillian Lynch draws attention to current discourse on the research-practice ‘gap’ in the field of counselling and psychotherapy. She also provides a comprehensive synopsis of each article published in this edition, which cover a broad range of topics including: how a particular speaking practice used by counsellors and psychotherapists can negatively affect collaborative communication; the use of Motivational Interviewing as an adjunct in school counselling; how certain concepts related to The Circle of Security (COS) intervention could be used in adult psychotherapy; the application of Heinz Kohut’s Self Psychology principles and concepts in a public acute inpatient mental health unit.

This issue of PACJA includes two literature reviews: The PACFA-commissioned Literature Review of the Evidence for the Effectiveness of Experiential Psychotherapies is a systematic review, and establishes beyond doubt the effectiveness of experiential psychotherapies for a range of psychological conditions. Intimate Relationships and Chronic Illness: A literature review for counsellors and couple therapists provides an overview of the literature the authors reviewed for a three-phase study into chronic illness and relationships.

In addition to articles and literature reviews, the journal has an excellent selection of book reviews.
Call for articles

Authors are encouraged to submit articles for the sixth and seventh editions of PACJA, scheduled for publication in 2018.

Go to Publish for submission details. For updated details on the maximum word limits for articles and reviews, and due dates for submissions, contact the Editor, Dr. Jillian Lynch, at