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Name: PACFA Admin
Date registered: October 2, 2012

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  1. Guest Editor’s note: Achieving climate justice: A practitioner call to action — December 16, 2022
  2. Climate change-related distress within the dominant mental health paradigm: Problems, pitfalls, and a possible way forward — December 14, 2022
  3. Climate change-related distress within the dominant mental health paradigm: Problems, pitfalls, and a possible way forward — December 14, 2022
  4. Turning towards our desire to turn away: Climate disavowal in the context of the Australian counselling profession — December 12, 2022
  5. Turning towards our desire to turn away: Climate disavowal in the context of the Australian counselling profession — December 12, 2022

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Guest Editor’s note: Achieving climate justice: A practitioner call to action

Return to Articles Gávi Ansara Acknowledgement of Country As a mixed polycultural psychotherapist, I have lived experience of marginalisation and exclusion from white Anglo Australian contexts, while cultivating cultural humility and accountability regarding my non-Aboriginal privilege. Living and working on unceded Boonwurrung Country in the Kulin Nations, I acknowledge the ongoing impacts of racism, genocide, …

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Climate change-related distress within the dominant mental health paradigm: Problems, pitfalls, and a possible way forward

Rana Rose Kökçinar   Abstract Climate change-related distress (CCRD) is a salient discourse, with contemporary resources for addressing CCRD currently dominated by positivist ideology. Such resources are problematic as they instil individualistic notions of behaviour change to combat climate change and CCRD, oversimplifying the problem and shifting focus away from systemic power imbalances and injustices …

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Climate change-related distress within the dominant mental health paradigm: Problems, pitfalls, and a possible way forward

Return to Articles Rana Rose Kökçinar   With the increased acceptance of climate change as a current reality, the notion of climate change-related distress (CCRD) has entered dominant mental health discourse. As climate activist and organiser Daniel Sherrell (2021) expressed in his book Warmth: Coming of age at the end of the world: The full …

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Turning towards our desire to turn away: Climate disavowal in the context of the Australian counselling profession

Nell Azuri   Abstract This article examines disavowal, or half-knowing, of climate change from the standpoint of the Australian counselling profession. It argues that the field in Australia has yet to make climate change a professional duty of care or ethical issue. It also looks at the role of disavowal in the lack of engagement …

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Turning towards our desire to turn away: Climate disavowal in the context of the Australian counselling profession

Return to Articles Nell Azuri   Donald Winnicott (1960) famously said there is no such thing as an infant, there is only a mother and an infant. Similarly, we now see there is no such thing as a human being; there are only humans being embedded in the living biosphere. (Lewis, 2021, p. 369)  People …

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Editorial: Listening to Lived Experience

Return to Articles Jane Marsden  While the concept and research strategy of lived experience are still evolving, there is no doubt that they can “inform sharp critique” when used judiciously, particularly in the fields of social justice, health, and wellbeing (McIntosh & Wright, 2019, p. 449). Thus, for the development of psychotherapy, counselling, and Aboriginal …

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Contemporary gestalt psychotherapy: The tensions between practitioner education and the current cultural context

Patrick (Paddy) O’Regan   Abstract The practice of gestalt therapy and the training of its practitioners have undergone significant change since the early 1950s. The culture they are situated in is also undergoing significant change. The main goal of this paper is to articulate the nature of contemporary gestalt therapy, the practice of gestalt professional …

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Contemporary gestalt psychotherapy: The tensions between practitioner education and the current cultural context

Return to Articles Patrick (Paddy) O’Regan   This paper provides a review of the literature that concerns the nature of gestalt professional education within the contemporary cultural context. It suggests that there are significant challenges to providing an ethically congruent training program within that context. It is based on the literature review that formed part …

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Reversing the panopticon: On narrative therapy and its place in the treatment of eating disorders

Megan Buys   Abstract With eating disorder treatment options gaining traction in Australia due to increased government funding for dietician and counselling sessions, psychotherapists and psychologists /are called to position themselves as an authoritative force within the therapeutic space. The current paper rejects this notion and uses personal and professional reflection on eating disorder treatment …

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Reversing the panopticon: On narrative therapy and its place in the treatment of eating disorders

Return to Articles Megan Buys   Dear Reader, In deciding how to structure this piece, a piece that I am obviously passionate about, I realised I needed a way to convey this passion yet also remain on course with my argument and the ideas I want to share with you. At first, I decided to …

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Supporting Transgender Autistic Youth and Adults: A Guide for Professionals and Families (2020) by Finn V. Gratton. Jessica Kingsley Publishers. ISBN: 9781785928031

Return to Articles Reviewed by: Louis Spence Book Review It seems appropriate to begin, as Gratton does in this book’s preface, by situating myself in relation to this subject matter. I am a queer, allistic (non-autistic), neurodivergent, non-binary, transgender psychotherapist. Gratton shares all of these identifications with me, except that they are autistic, and they …

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The adverse effects of burnout and compassion fatigue among mental health practitioners: Self-care strategies for prevention and mitigation

Natalie Salameh   Abstract Over the years, a body of empiricism and conceptual frameworks has burgeoned related to the emotional toll often exacted on mental health practitioners engaged in the helping field—an emotional toll often denoted as burnout and compassion fatigue. This article delineates the concepts of burnout and compassion fatigue and their adverse, often …

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The adverse effects of burnout and compassion fatigue among mental health practitioners: Self-care strategies for prevention and mitigation

Return to Articles Natalie Salameh   By both nature and inclination, mental health practitioners are emotionally attuned to the needs of their clients and constantly give of themselves in the helping sphere (Skovholt & Trotter-Mathison, 2016). Mental health practitioners guide, instruct, educate, engage, assist, support, nurture, counsel, welcome, hold, and heal their clients on various …

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The transition from postgraduate counselling student to working counsellor: A qualitative investigation

Chris Lamb   Abstract With the demand for mental health services in Australia continuing to grow, it is imperative that tertiary trained counsellors continue to enter the profession; yet little is known about the factors that contribute to a successful entry. This qualitative, phenomenological study investigated the transition from postgraduate counselling student to working counsellor …

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The transition from postgraduate counselling student to working counsellor: A qualitative investigation

Return to Articles Chris Lamb   During my corporate career of more than 25 years in human resources (HR), I had thousands of conversations with individuals in many countries about career choices and experiences. I encountered a wide range of responses—from those who felt they had felt a calling from a young age to people …

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