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PACJA is the official e-journal of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) and is an initiative of the PACFA Research Committee. It is an international, peer-reviewed journal which aims to contribute to the evidence-base for counselling and psychotherapy.

PACJA publishes theoretical essays, experiential reports, and empirical studies featuring quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-method approaches.

PACJA encourages practitioners, researchers, students and educators (even those who have never published before) to submit articles for publication. The process is intended to be supportive in order to mentor aspiring authors to contribute to research in the counselling and psychotherapy field.

Journal History

PACJA was launched in 2012 as an initiative of the PACFA Research Committee.

PACFA’s Research Mission

1. Role of PACFA in research

Item 3.1 of PACFA’s Constitution (2015) cites the primary object of PACFA as the promotion of “the development of the science relating to the art and practice of Psychotherapy and Counselling”, and more specifically, in 3.3.1 ‘to promote the development of research into the efficacy of counselling and psychotherapy, skills development, theory and knowledge building and promote these in the community as widely as possible’.

To this end the Research Committee references and supports a broad range of research methods, across the spectrum of ontological (for example, theoretical, hermeneutic, qualitative) and epistemological (for example, empirical and quantitative) knowledge systems, reflective of the range of disciplines that comprise the knowledge base of Psychotherapy and Counselling.

PACFA has two major roles in relation to research:

  • facilitating /commissioning high quality, original research, including literature searches and reviews, into the processes and outcomes of counselling and psychotherapy. Particular focus should be given to areas that are important for the profession’s development, particularly where research activity in Australia has been underdeveloped to date; and areas that underpin PACFA’s position in policy and advocacy initiatives.
  • disseminating information to the profession about research relating to counselling and psychotherapy.


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