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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 that aims to make original and significant contributions to evidence-informed theory, policy, and practice for psychotherapy, counselling, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healing practices.

Established by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) in 2012, PACJA is committed to promoting responsible research that meets international standards in publication ethics and adhering to the principles of accountability, diversity, human rights, cultural safety, cultural humility, and anti-oppressive practice. Specifically, the journal requires all authors to adhere to the ethical standards prescribed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). PACJA publishes research in the areas of

  • counselling, psychotherapy, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healing practices (including assessment, clinical responses, supervision, training, prevention, psychological education, and advocacy)
  • theories, models, and approaches relevant to counselling, psychotherapy, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healing practices
  • the needs and priorities of people and communities with marginalised and excluded lived experiences in relation to counselling, psychotherapy, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healing practices (e.g., equity, access to resources, advocacy, etc.)

 

PACJA has an integrative approach that considers quality research from a variety of epistemological, methodological, theoretical, and cultural perspectives. The journal accepts high quality submissions that adhere to internationally recognised standards in the field. APA 7th edition guidelines on mechanics of style, paper format, referencing, and reducing bias in language apply to all text-based submissions. The journal considers a range of content, including (but not limited to):

  • empirical studies featuring quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods/multiple methods approaches
  • theoretical essays
  • literature reviews
  • experiential reports
  • clinical case discussions
  • 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.