From Tony Jackson at the Gestalt Centre:
Dear Student, Graduates and Friends of the Gestalt Centre,
PACFA have announced an intention to reverse a 2018 decision to cease to accredit independent psychotherapy programs like ours. They will announce new pathways to accreditation in October. Please follow this process and contact PACFA directly if have questions. Please be assured that GTA will represent the interest of our students and graduates in the coming months.
This is a brief statement from the website:
In 2018, the PACFA Training Standards were amended to make it mandatory for training to be accredited by government in line with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) levels 7 to 9. This change was aimed at raising the profile of counsellors and psychotherapists and to gain greater recognition by government, including on the form of Medicare provider numbers. The change had a very serious impact for psychotherapists, however, many of whom could no longer join PACFA. This is because psychotherapy training is often provided by small, private training institutions that are not in a position to achieve government accreditation of their training.
You can read more here: https://www.pacfa.org.au/pacfa-to-introduce-new-membership-pathways/
On a personal note, this feels an important correction in course by PACFA, and one that will help us to feel confident that we are offering a program of value and can continue to do so.
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