PACFA Interest Groups are informal groups of members who come together to explore aspects of practice and to provide networking, learning and support opportunities.
Interest Groups are new to PACFA and members are encouraged to support the new Interest Groups that have been formed so that we can offer members a range of interesting groups relating to their shared professional interests.
Interest Groups relate to:
- Modalities, interventions, client groups or work settings
- Social policy issues affecting practice
- Professional standards in areas of shared interest
Diversity in Gender, Body, Kinship, and Sexuality
The Diversity in Gender, Body, Kinship, and Sexuality Interest Group aims to raise awareness, advocate for, and promote promising practice within PACFA, both within the category of 'LGBTQI+', and also for a range of cultures, communities, and people whose genders, bodies, sexualities, and kinship are excluded or marginalised by terms like 'LGBTQI+'. We are in the process of changing the language we inherited to promote greater awareness and inclusion across our work. This includes developing practice resources and professional development opportunities around working with people with lived experiences of oppression and exclusion due to their genders, bodies, sexualities, and kinship.
Older People Interest Group
In December 2020, a new Interest Group was formed. The Older Persons Interest Group aims to raise awareness of counsellors with experience in working with older people and advocate for their recognition, raise issues to Government through appropriate channels, and promote good practice when working with older people.
The latter may include developing or highlighting sound practice resources, and creating professional development opportunities for working with older people. We welcome your ideas for professional development and your support as we develop this Interest Group through 2021.
Proposed new Interest Groups
There are future plans to start another two interest groups:
- Trauma-informed practice Interest Group
- Clinical Supervision Interest Group