Monthly Archive: September 2019

Editorial: What we write about when we write about psychotherapy and counselling

Return to Journal Articles Rhys Price-Robertson, PhD, PACJA Editor   This journal is a forum for people to share their writing on psychotherapy and counselling. To enter this forum, writing must meet certain criteria. There are the explicit criteria of academic style and prose (e.g., word count, referencing style, line spacing). And then there are the …

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Editorial note

Return to Journal Articles Tristan Snell, PhD, PACFA Research Committee   On behalf of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) Research Committee, I am excited to announce Volume 7 of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia (PACJA), developed by incoming editor, Dr Rhys Price-Robertson. This issue showcases some of the innovative research …

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The lived experiences of adult crystal methamphetamine users: A qualitative study

Return to Journal Articles Girija Dadhe, Master of Counselling and Psychology, counsellor and psychotherapist, Australian College of Applied Psychology, and Cathy Bettman, PhD, Senior Lecturer, Australian College of Applied Psychology.   Introduction Amphetamines are the most commonly used illicit drugs in Australia after cannabis (Degenhardt, Barker & Topp, 2004, as cited in Stough et al., …

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The experiences and needs of carers during mental health crises: A mixed-methods study

Return to Journal Articles Helen Shann, Psychologist, Jade Sheen, Associate Professor, Clinical Psychologist, MAPS, Delise Francis, BNurs, BAppsc(Psych), GCert (Psych), PGDipNirse (Periop), PGDipPsych(Hons), and Jennifer Pohl. This work was supported by School of Psychology, Deakin University.    Introduction Deinstitutionalisation of mental health care began in Australia in the mid-1980s, with inadequate provision of resources for …

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Pluralism in counselling and psychotherapy: An introduction to theory and implications for practice

Return to Journal Articles Mark Pearson, M.Ed(BEM), PhD., Senior Lecturer in Counselling, University of the Sunshine Coast, and Marc de Bruin, B.Law, Grad.DipMBCT, Dip.C., Post-graduate student at University of the Sunshine Coast    Introduction There is a vast array of approaches to counselling and psychotherapy. Nearly 15 years ago, Norcross (2005) estimated that there were …

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The threads of a narrative: An exploration of identity

Return to Journal Articles Grant Thomas Ryan, Master of Narrative Therapy and Community Work, Master of Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy, Bachelor of Science (Psychology).    “Who are you?” said the Caterpillar. This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. Alice replied, rather shyly, “I-I hardly know, sir, just at present­—at least I know who …

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Pluralism in counselling and psychotherapy: An introduction to theory and implications for practice

Mark Pearson, M.Ed(BEM), PhD., Senior Lecturer in Counselling, University of the Sunshine Coast, and Marc de Bruin, B.Law, Grad.DipMBCT, Dip.C., Post-graduate student at University of the Sunshine Coast    Abstract This article provides an overview of the pluralistic approach to counselling and psychotherapy. It discusses the way the practices have moved from an earlier “schoolism” …

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The experiences and needs of carers during mental health crises: A mixed-methods study

Helen Shann, Psychologist, Jade Sheen, Associate Professor, Clinical Psychologist, MAPS, Delise Francis, BNurs, BAppsc(Psych), GCert (Psych), PGDipNirse (Periop), PGDipPsych(Hons), and Jennifer Pohl. This work was supported by School of Psychology, Deakin University.    Abstract One in five Australians will experience a mental illness in any given 12 month period. With limited inpatient facilitates available, the …

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The lived experiences of adult crystal methamphetamine users: A qualitative study

Girija Dadhe, Master of Counselling and Psychology, counsellor and psychotherapist, Australian College of Applied Psychology, and Cathy Bettman, PhD, Senior Lecturer, Australian College of Applied Psychology. Abstract Crystal methamphetamine, also known as “ice” or “crystal meth,” is a potent psychostimulant drug that can cause irreversible physical and psychological damage to users (Halkitis, 2009). This qualitative …

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The threads of a narrative: An exploration of identity

Grant Thomas Ryan, Master of Narrative Therapy and Community Work, Master of Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy, Bachelor of Science (Psychology).    Abstract This theoretical paper begins by briefly exploring the structuralist and romantic ideas underpinning the modern concept of identity. The paper then attempts to shift away from this influence of modernity towards a post-modern …

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Investigating what Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning students seek in a counselling service

Emma Chow, Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy, and Pol Dominic Miles-McCann, PhD, Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Senior Lecturer, Australian College of Applied Psychology, psychotherapist.   Abstract Adolescents enrolled in community Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) programs frequently experience a wide range of serious life issues that can disrupt their educational experience, and these …

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Investigating what Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning students seek in a counselling service

Return to Journal Articles Emma Chow, Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy, and Pol Dominic Miles-McCann, PhD, Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Senior Lecturer, Australian College of Applied Psychology, psychotherapist.   Introduction Young people have the greatest need for mental health support, yet are the age group least likely to seek help (McGorry, Bates, & Birchwood, …

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