Yearly Archive: 2015

How can Psychology and Counselling be agents of change for Aboriginal Australians?

Frankie Merritt [1], The University of Notre Dame Australia                                                                  My PhD thesis is about decolonisation and empowerment; it is specifically about First Nations people claiming …

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Book review for Jon Frew and Michael D. Spiegler Contemporary psychotherapies for a diverse world (first revised edition)

Elizabeth Day, The Australian College of Applied Psychology   In this hefty textbook, running to over 600 pages after its first revision, Frew and Spiegler have managed to produce an excellent resource for students and practitioners curious about contemporary psychotherapy and counselling as they are practised in the USA.  Aimed at graduate students in North America, …

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Book review for Oliver James’s Love Bombing: Resetting Your Child’s Emotional Thermostat

Pia Cerveri   Oliver James takes a refreshing approach to raising children in a time when parents are bombarded with techniques ranging from absurd, impossible, cruel and so lofty the ideals are impossible to achieve. His 2012 book, Love Bombing: Resetting Your Child’s Emotional Thermostat is a great read, accessible, plain speaking and compassionate. I enjoyed this book. …

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Editorial – Third edition of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia (PACJA)

Return to Journal Articles Petra Bueskens, The Australian College of Applied Psychology   Creating a professional identity is a long process beginning with the establishment of a disciplinary base, the development of education and training, the consolidation of professional organisations and, finally, government and societal recognition.  One of the challenges for psychotherapy and counselling in …

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Book review for Oliver James’s Love Bombing: Resetting Your Child’s Emotional Thermostat

Return to Journal Articles Pia Cerveri   Oliver James takes a refreshing approach to raising children in a time when parents are bombarded with techniques ranging from absurd, impossible, cruel and so lofty the ideals are impossible to achieve. His 2012 book, Love Bombing: Resetting Your Child’s Emotional Thermostat is a great read, accessible, plain …

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Book Review for Petra Bueskens (ed.) Mothering & Psychoanalysis. Clinical, Sociological and Feminist Perspectives

Amanda de Clifford, PhD candidate, University of Western Sydney   Between the routines and rituals of mothering I seek out Petra Bueskens’ collection of essays, reaching for its enigmatic cover that features a woman draped in newspaper text, bearing one breast, holding a glass of water in one hand and a leaf in the other, while …

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Book review for Jon Frew and Michael D. Spiegler Contemporary psychotherapies for a diverse world (first revised edition)

Return to Journal Articles Elizabeth Day, The Australian College of Applied Psychology   In this hefty textbook, running to over 600 pages after its first revision, Frew and Spiegler have managed to produce an excellent resource for students and practitioners curious about contemporary psychotherapy and counselling as they are practised in the USA.  Aimed at graduate …

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How can Psychology and Counselling be agents of change for Aboriginal Australians?

  Return to Journal Articles Frankie Merritt [1], The University of Notre Dame Australia   My PhD thesis is about decolonisation and empowerment; it is specifically about First Nations people claiming (or reclaiming) their autonomy. I explored concepts and their use with Aboriginal people and I chose one concept to focus on.  The concept I chose to focus …

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Counselling and Psychotherapy: Professionalisation in the Australian Context

Return to Journal Articles Denis J. O’Hara, Australian College of Applied Psychology, Brisbane, Australia and E. Fiona O’Hara, University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs, Australia   Introduction Counselling and Psychotherapy as an identified profession has had a chequered past in many countries. While the practice of counselling has a very long history, the organisation of the field …

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The effectiveness of Supportive Counselling, based on Rogerian principles: A systematic review of recent international and Australian research

    Return to Journal Articles Nicky Jacobs and Andrea Reupert, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia Introduction Many therapists identify with a humanistic or a supportive orientation to therapy, in Australia and elsewhere.  A 2004 survey of professional and clinical members of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia found 12% of respondents nominated humanistic approaches as …

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Client preferences: building bridges between therapy and everyday life

John McLeod [1], University of Abertay, Scotland                                                                                                Abstract Recent research …

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Client preferences: building bridges between therapy and everyday life

   Return to Journal Articles John McLeod, University of Abertay, Scotland Introduction One of the major challenges facing the counselling and psychotherapy professional community, at this point in its history, concerns the question of how to reconcile knowledge that is derived from specific theoretical models, and knowledge that is derived from more general, pan-theoretical perspectives. …

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Psychotherapy and counselling in Australia: Profiling our philosophical heritage for therapeutic effectiveness

Elizabeth Day [1], Australian College of Applied Psychology                                                                                                  …

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Vision for the future? The contribution of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia to the profession

Ione Lewis  [1], Australian College of Applied Psychology   The author of this article served as President of PACFA for four years from 2010 to 2014, and is the immediate Past President. She was a member of the group that founded PACFA and a Board member in the 1990s. This long experience with establishing and progressing …

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Vision for the future? The contribution of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia to the profession

   Return to Journal Articles Ione Lewis, Australian College of Applied Psychology     Introduction The professional identity of counselling and psychotherapy is still emerging in the Australian context. The Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) is the peak body for counselling and psychotherapy, and since its inception has adopted a model of self-regulation of …

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