Yearly Archive: 2021

Disrupting professional myths about “the mainstream”: Diversity, inclusivity, and bias reduction are paramount in conventional publication standards

  Gávi Ansara, Acting Editor Acknowledgement of Country I acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands from which I am writing, the Boon Wurrung People of the Kulin Nations. I also acknowledge Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, South Sea Islander, Māori, Pasifika, and Indigenous Peoples around the world. I acknowledge their enduring sovereignty over lands, waters, …

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Editor’s note

  Rhys Price-Robertson   I am excited to announce the release of Volume 9(2) of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia (PACJA), which was partially compiled under my tenure and partially compiled and completed by Acting Editor, Dr. Gávi Ansara. This issue contains a blend of articles and book reviews from before and after …

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The Power of Suffering (2020) by David Roland. Simon and Schuster. ISBN: 978-1760850128

Reviewed by: Dr. Kitty Vivekananda, Monash University Book Review My best friend recommended this book by Dr. David Roland after hearing him talk at a writers’ festival. It has been nearly 10 years since my friend tragically lost her beautiful 25-year-old daughter, Louise, in a horrific fire in a Paris apartment block. Louise died along …

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The challenges faced by university educators in Singapore when referring students to counsellors: An instrumental case study

Steven Ng Poh Yaip and Dr Ada Chung Yee Lin   Abstract This study examines the difficulties faced by two university professors working in a public, autonomous university in Singapore, when referring students to counselling services. Educators typically observe how students interact and behave in class, and may refer students to counselling services. However, there …

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The challenges faced by university educators in Singapore when referring students to counsellors: An instrumental case study

  Steven Ng Poh Yaip and Dr Ada Chung Yee Lin   Introduction This article examines the issue of counselling referral at higher education. First, it looks at the benefits of university students receiving counselling services and support, and later it examines the issues and perspectives of educators who make the referrals. Educators are in …

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Counselling Skills and Competencies Tool: Scale development and preliminary data

  Jane L. Fowler, John G. O’Gorman, and Mark P. Lynch Abstract This paper reports on the development of the Counselling Skills and Competencies Tool (CSCT) as a practical instrument that can be used in teaching and assessing counselling skills and competencies. Members of an entry-level counselling course, experienced and beginning counsellors, and people not …

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Counselling Skills and Competencies Tool: Scale development and preliminary data

Jane L. Fowler, John G. O’Gorman, and Mark P. Lynch   The purpose of the study reported here was to develop an assessment tool for evaluating levels of competence reached by students completing a beginning-level course in counselling. These students were already working as counsellors, however had received no formal training in counselling prior to …

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A snapshot of the counselling and psychotherapy workforce in Australia in 2020: Underutilised and poorly remunerated, yet highly qualified and desperately needed

Alexandra Bloch-Atefi, Elizabeth Day, Tristan Snell, and Gina O’Neill   Abstract The aim of the 2020 workforce survey was to profile professionals affiliated with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) to inform future policy and service planning. PACFA is a national peak body for Australian counsellors and psychotherapists, representing 3,500 members across all …

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A snapshot of the counselling and psychotherapy workforce in Australia in 2020: Underutilised and poorly remunerated, yet highly qualified and desperately needed

Alexandra Bloch-Atefi, Elizabeth Day, Tristan Snell, and Gina O’Neill   There is increased demand on the mental health care system in Australia (Lakeman et al., 2020), with evidence showing that 46% of Australians aged 16 to 85 years will be diagnosed with a mental illness during their lifetime (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2021), …

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Integrating the transpersonal approach into counselling: A semi-structured phenomenological inquiry

Malini Turner   Abstract This study investigated the benefits of integrating the transpersonal approach in counselling practice. Interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) was used to examine the data gained through semi-structured interviews with four social worker-counsellors. Results suggested that the transpersonal approach may provide counsellors with the benefit of using spiritual variables to enrich their practice. …

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Integrating the transpersonal approach into counselling: A semi-structured phenomenological inquiry

Malini Turner   Introduction The transpersonal approach is dedicated to the exploration of the human capacity for integration of spiritual growth within the existential issues of everyday living (Hartelius, 2016). The transpersonal model attempts to broaden the boundaries of the traditional counselling processes to include the values related to nurturing the human character to its …

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The Freedom of Virtue: Navigating Excellence in the Art of Living Amongst a World of Instant Gratification (2019) by Tom Edwards and Cosimo Chiera. Samford Valley, QLD: Australian Academic Press Group Pty. ISBN: 9781925644142 (pbk).

Reviewed by: Kate Reimer Book Review What causes some people, and not others, to excel in life? This is the question Dr. Tom Edwards and Dr. Cosimo Chiera examine in The Freedom of Virtue. Digging beneath superficialities, they tap into a deep human desire to “search [not] for happiness, but for purpose, for respect and …

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Tuning-in to clients: The use of semiotics in counselling

Thomas Mark Edwards   Abstract Semiotics is about signs, but more so about meaning-making. It therefore has immediate relevance to counselling. The current paper not only seeks to introduce semiotics to counsellors but also to offer skills and methods to enhance the ways in which practitioners see, hear, and understand their clients via the use …

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Tuning-in to clients: The use of semiotics in counselling

Thomas Mark Edwards   Introduction Definitions of counselling that highlight empowerment and goal attainment are valuable for they describe what counselling hopes to achieve but, nevertheless, they fail to adequately describe what counselling is (American Counseling Association, n.d.). From the perspective of the therapeutic exchange, as commonly conceived, it can be argued that counselling is …

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COVID-19’s nudge to modernise: An opportunity to reconsider telehealth and counselling placements

Nathan Beel   Abstract Telehealth may become a more accepted format of service delivery after COVID-19 and it is essential that counsellors and counsellor educators are suitably prepared for contemporary professional practice in its diversity. While technology-assisted counselling has been practiced in Australia for 60 years, the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia’s (PACFA) current …

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