Category Archive: Abstracts, Seventh Edition – Volume 7, No. 1, September, 2019

Pluralism in counselling and psychotherapy: An introduction to theory and implications for practice

Mark Pearson, M.Ed(BEM), PhD., Senior Lecturer in Counselling, University of the Sunshine Coast, and Marc de Bruin, B.Law, Grad.DipMBCT, Dip.C., Post-graduate student at University of the Sunshine Coast    Abstract This article provides an overview of the pluralistic approach to counselling and psychotherapy. It discusses the way the practices have moved from an earlier “schoolism” …

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The experiences and needs of carers during mental health crises: A mixed-methods study

Helen Shann, Psychologist, Jade Sheen, Associate Professor, Clinical Psychologist, MAPS, Delise Francis, BNurs, BAppsc(Psych), GCert (Psych), PGDipNirse (Periop), PGDipPsych(Hons), and Jennifer Pohl. This work was supported by School of Psychology, Deakin University.    Abstract One in five Australians will experience a mental illness in any given 12 month period. With limited inpatient facilitates available, the …

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The lived experiences of adult crystal methamphetamine users: A qualitative study

Girija Dadhe, Master of Counselling and Psychology, counsellor and psychotherapist, Australian College of Applied Psychology, and Cathy Bettman, PhD, Senior Lecturer, Australian College of Applied Psychology. Abstract Crystal methamphetamine, also known as “ice” or “crystal meth,” is a potent psychostimulant drug that can cause irreversible physical and psychological damage to users (Halkitis, 2009). This qualitative …

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The threads of a narrative: An exploration of identity

Grant Thomas Ryan, Master of Narrative Therapy and Community Work, Master of Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy, Bachelor of Science (Psychology).    Abstract This theoretical paper begins by briefly exploring the structuralist and romantic ideas underpinning the modern concept of identity. The paper then attempts to shift away from this influence of modernity towards a post-modern …

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Investigating what Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning students seek in a counselling service

Emma Chow, Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy, and Pol Dominic Miles-McCann, PhD, Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Senior Lecturer, Australian College of Applied Psychology, psychotherapist.   Abstract Adolescents enrolled in community Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) programs frequently experience a wide range of serious life issues that can disrupt their educational experience, and these …

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Applying the Radical Exposure Tapping protocol in the treatment of trauma-related emotional reactivity: A phenomenological case study

Emil Barna, Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy, counsellor and psychotherapist, Australian College of Applied Psychology, and Denis O’Hara, PhD, Professor of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Australian College of Applied Psychology.    Abstract This study aimed to investigate the phenomenological experience of an individual engaged in the Radical Exposure Tapping (RET) protocol (MacKinnon, 2014) for trauma-related emotional …

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From ethics to ethos: An expanded agenda for counsellor training and development

Jim Schirmer, MCouns, Associate Lecturer, University of Queensland   Abstract The publication of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia’s ([PACFA], 2017) Code of Ethics contains several features that are frequently absent from similar professional codes. Most notably, PACFA’s Code extends its professional requirements beyond the regular ethical standards for compliance and towards an articulation …

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