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Name: PACFA Admin
Date registered: October 2, 2012

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  1. Tree of Life: Acceptability and feasibility with older Bosnian women of refugee background — July 4, 2022
  2. Tree of Life: Acceptability and feasibility with older Bosnian women of refugee background — July 4, 2022
  3. Meeting the needs of a culturally diverse nation: An evaluation of a behavioural program adapted to treat Vietnamese Australians experiencing gambling problems — June 27, 2022
  4. Meeting the needs of a culturally diverse nation: An evaluation of a behavioural program adapted to treat Vietnamese Australians experiencing gambling problems — June 27, 2022
  5. Age with ACT: A pilot acceptance and commitment therapy group for older adults receiving a community mental health service — April 19, 2022

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Tree of Life: Acceptability and feasibility with older Bosnian women of refugee background

Dr. Nigar G. Khawaja, Dr. Kate Murray, and Shaheeda Sadeed Abstract There is a growing awareness that mental health issues of culturally and linguistically diverse individuals from refugee backgrounds can benefit from therapeutic intervention to promote wellbeing. However, there are numerous barriers to services for these populations. There is increasing recognition that culturally sensitive and …

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Tree of Life: Acceptability and feasibility with older Bosnian women of refugee background

Return to Articles Dr. Nigar G. Khawaja, Dr. Kate Murray, and Shaheeda Sadeed   Australia resettled up to 19,000 displaced Bosnians in the early 1990s, after the war in Bosnia (Colic-Peisker & Walker, 2003). Most were Muslims who had been subjected to persecution, trauma, torture, and violence and had witnessed the murder of loved ones …

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Meeting the needs of a culturally diverse nation: An evaluation of a behavioural program adapted to treat Vietnamese Australians experiencing gambling problems

Sue Bertossa, My Phuong Sramek, Dr. Kate Fairweather, and Dr. Sharon Lawn Abstract Equity is an important principle of health care in Australia, and redesigning health services to meet the needs of culturally marginalised groups has the potential to improve accessibility to psychotherapy. This paper describes the collaborative efforts of an ethno-specific service and a …

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Meeting the needs of a culturally diverse nation: An evaluation of a behavioural program adapted to treat Vietnamese Australians experiencing gambling problems

Return to Articles Sue Bertossa, My Phuong Sramek, Dr. Kate Fairweather, and Dr. Sharon Lawn   The effectiveness of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to treat mental health problems is extremely well documented, and CBT is largely regarded as the primary choice of treatment for a wide range of mental illnesses. The relevance of CBT to …

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Age with ACT: A pilot acceptance and commitment therapy group for older adults receiving a community mental health service

Dr Paul Sadler, Isabelle Gardner, Sarah Hart, Dr Shama Aradhye, and Julian Nolan Abstract The aim of this pilot study was to assess whether an acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) group could benefit the mental health of older adults (aged 65–84) in a community psychiatric setting. Ten older adults participated in a 6-week pilot ACT …

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Age with ACT: A pilot acceptance and commitment therapy group for older adults receiving a community mental health service

The ACT Bullseye Measure

  Dr Paul Sadler, Isabelle Gardner, Sarah Hart, Dr Shama Aradhye, and Julian Nolan   Consistent with global trends, developed countries are projected to have greater numbers of people over the age of 65 (Juni, 2015). While life expectancy has increased, mental health outcomes have not (Brown, 2015). Although older adults face increasing rates of …

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Clarifying a Muddy Pond: A Pākehā Therapist’s Account of Navigating a Critical Moment in the Integration of Narrative Therapy and Person-Centred Therapy

Sarah Penwarden   Abstract In this paper, as a Pākehā[1]/non-Māori therapist, I reflect on my desire for integration between two diverse modalities: person-centred therapy and narrative therapy. Drawing on the dissonance experienced in a moment of a conversation where I responded solely with one modality, I question whether integration of diverse approaches is possible. I …

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Clarifying a Muddy Pond: A Pākehā Therapist’s Account of Navigating a Critical Moment in the Integration of Narrative Therapy and Person-Centred Therapy

Return to Articles Sarah Penwarden     I am a Pākehā/non-Māori woman therapist, educator and supervisor. I draw on social constructionist ideas in my practice which assist in critiquing ideas and noticing the effect of theories on my work (Burr, 2003; White, 2007). In this paper, I write about my own journey in integration, and …

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127 More Amazing Tips and Tools for the Therapeutic Toolbox: DBT, CBT and Beyond (2020) by Judith Belmont. PESI Publishing & Media. ISBN: 9781936128433

Return to Articles Reviewed by: Dr. Philip Chittleborough Book Review As indicated by its title, this book provides (amongst other things) a large number and diverse range of tips related to the usage of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), and interventions related to positive psychology. Most of the tips are presented in …

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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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