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PACJA: Advancing dynamic, innovative, and societally relevant scholarship

The Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia (PACJA) is an international, peer-reviewed, and open access scholarly journal with five key priorities:

  • to make original and significant contributions to evidence-informed theory, policy, and practice for psychotherapy, counselling, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healing practices,
  • to address issues of societal relevance in ways that honour diversity, examine privilege, and challenge oppression,
  • to promote open access scholarship that advances social justice values such as access to resources, equity, participation, diversity, and human rights,
  • to lead and model a professional culture grounded in principles of accountability, cultural safety, and cultural humility, and
  • to elevate the concerns of people and communities with marginalised and excluded lived experiences in professional discourse and public policy.


Established by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) in 2012, PACJA accepts high quality submissions that advance these priorities, including (but not limited to):

  • empirical studies featuring quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods/multiple methods approaches,
  • theoretical essays,
  • literature reviews,
  • experiential reports,
  • book reviews,
  • traditional cultural approaches and protocols for community knowledge transmission, and
  • innovative research approaches, such as interactive pieces, co-design projects, and mixed media formats


Submissions from practitioners, researchers, community activists, advanced students, and educators—including first-time authors and people with direct lived experience of their submission topic—are warmly encouraged. Submissions are invited in any combination of written, audio, and video format to expand accessibility and cultural diversity. The process is intended to provide supportive mentoring and guidance for aspiring authors seeking to contribute to the exchange of research in psychotherapy, counselling, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healing practices.