PACFA Admin

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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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Interpersonal rejection, ostracism, and mentalisation in women’s friendships: Clinical implications for rumination

Deborah J. Oehlman Forbes   Abstract Women’s friendships have long had cultural and psychological significance, particularly in the maintenance of positive social and emotional wellbeing. Inexplicable dissolution of these relationships correlates with a significant disruption of core human needs and mental health outcomes. Empirical research has found that ostracism, a variant of interpersonal rejection, is …

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Interpersonal rejection, ostracism, and mentalisation in women’s friendships: Clinical implications for rumination

Return to Articles Deborah J. Oehlman Forbes   Interpersonal rejection is a distressing and painful event that compromises quality of life and instigates feelings of loss, disaffection, and isolation (Leary, 2015). Friendship termination, romantic and familial rejection, and being ostracised (shunned, excluded, and ignored) are examples of interpersonal rejection, all of which share psychological and …

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Exploring the future social identity of a PhD student dealing with anxiety: A psychotherapy client study

Nicholas Sarantakis   Abstract This psychotherapy case study examines the brief therapeutic journey of a young woman presenting with academic anxiety and the flexible person-centred approach adopted by her therapist, the author. Application during therapy sessions of concepts from humanistic therapy and beyond, such as configurations of self and imagining future possible selves, enabled the …

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Exploring the future social identity of a PhD student dealing with anxiety: A psychotherapy client study

Return to Articles Nicholas Sarantakis   I saw “Laura” (the pseudonym of a client who identified herself as a woman and who provided written consent for the publication of this anonymous client study) at the counselling and psychological services of an elite university in a major city in the United Kingdom (UK). Laura had a …

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Editorial: Adaptation, Integration, and Equity

  Jane Marsden   Recently released census data highlight Australia’s increasing cultural diversity (Australian Bureau of Statistics [ABS], 2022c). For the first time, more than half of the population (51.5%) was either born abroad or had a parent born abroad, while almost a quarter (24.8%) speaks a language other than English at home. The number …

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Integration of clinical neuroscience into psychotherapy: A narrative review of neuroscience-informed psychotherapy models for the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders

Yu Takizawa, Judith Murray, Matthew Bambling, Yuki Matsumoto, Yuma Ishimoto, Takahiro Yamane, and Sisira Edirippulige   Abstract The development of neuroscience-informed psychotherapy models that attempt to refine existing psychotherapy models, especially for the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders, is a current topic in psychotherapy research. This narrative review appraised the existing literature on neuroscience-informed …

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Integration of clinical neuroscience into psychotherapy: A narrative review of neuroscience-informed psychotherapy models for the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders

Return to Articles Yu Takizawa, Judith Murray, Matthew Bambling, Yuki Matsumoto, Yuma Ishimoto, Takahiro Yamane, and Sisira Edirippulige   More than a century has passed since Sigmund Freud (1856–1939) proposed a need to investigate the neurological basis of psychotherapy and mental disorders. Investigation of the neurological basis of psychotherapy and mental disorders has accelerated over …

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Connecting with clients: Building therapeutic alliances with people who are incarcerated

Deborah Denton and Linda Grenade   Abstract Prison counselling is often regarded as involving additional challenges to those generally faced by practitioners working within the community. One of the most critical relates to the worker–client therapeutic alliance and how this can best be established. Drawing on data collected as part of a broader doctoral study, …

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Connecting with clients: Building therapeutic alliances with people who are incarcerated

Return to Articles Deborah Denton and Linda Grenade   The activity of counselling people within a prison has often been documented as a more “serious” and difficult undertaking than counselling people in the community (Polizzi & Draper, 2010, p. 13). Not only does it involve working with people who have been charged or convicted of …

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

Nigar G. Khawaja, 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 safe therapeutic …

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

Return to Articles Nigar G. Khawaja, 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 (Paunovic & …

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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, Kate Fairweather, and 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 specialist treatment …

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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, Kate Fairweather, and 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 diverse cultural …

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

Paul Sadler, Isabelle Gardner, Sarah Hart, 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 group (M …

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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

Return to Articles Paul Sadler, Isabelle Gardner, Sarah Hart, 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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