Category Archive: Journal Articles

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

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

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

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   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   The purpose of the study reported here was to develop an assessment tool for evaluating levels of competence reached by students completing a beginning-level course in counselling. These students were already working as counsellors, however had received no formal training in counselling prior to …

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A snapshot of the counselling and psychotherapy workforce in Australia in 2020: Underutilised and poorly remunerated, yet highly qualified and desperately needed

Alexandra Bloch-Atefi, Elizabeth Day, Tristan Snell, and Gina O’Neill   There is increased demand on the mental health care system in Australia (Lakeman et al., 2020), with evidence showing that 46% of Australians aged 16 to 85 years will be diagnosed with a mental illness during their lifetime (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2021), …

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Integrating the transpersonal approach into counselling: A semi-structured phenomenological inquiry

Malini Turner   Introduction The transpersonal approach is dedicated to the exploration of the human capacity for integration of spiritual growth within the existential issues of everyday living (Hartelius, 2016). The transpersonal model attempts to broaden the boundaries of the traditional counselling processes to include the values related to nurturing the human character to its …

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The Freedom of Virtue: Navigating Excellence in the Art of Living Amongst a World of Instant Gratification (2019) by Tom Edwards and Cosimo Chiera. Samford Valley, QLD: Australian Academic Press Group Pty. ISBN: 9781925644142 (pbk).

Reviewed by: Kate Reimer Book Review What causes some people, and not others, to excel in life? This is the question Dr. Tom Edwards and Dr. Cosimo Chiera examine in The Freedom of Virtue. Digging beneath superficialities, they tap into a deep human desire to “search [not] for happiness, but for purpose, for respect and …

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Tuning-in to clients: The use of semiotics in counselling

Thomas Mark Edwards   Introduction Definitions of counselling that highlight empowerment and goal attainment are valuable for they describe what counselling hopes to achieve but, nevertheless, they fail to adequately describe what counselling is (American Counseling Association, n.d.). From the perspective of the therapeutic exchange, as commonly conceived, it can be argued that counselling is …

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