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Invitation from the Conference Chair
This joint conference, to be held in Sydney on 13 to 15 June 2014, is hosted by three associations: the Psychotherapy & Counselling Federation of Australia, the Australian Association of Relationship Counsellors and the Counselling and Psychotherapy Association of NSW. The conference aims to provide an exciting program with international and national speakers in counselling, psychotherapy, relationship counselling, mental health and ethics to further develop the profession in Australia. The conference will provide multiple opportunities for meaningful dialogue between practitioners, researchers, consumers and carers.

The theme of the conference: Complexity and Connectedness in Life and Love: Working with Mental Health, Trauma and Identity encapsulates the challenges we face living in the twenty-first century in post-industrial society. Although networked and connected electronically 24/7, we experience profound disconnection and emptiness, accompanied by rising rates of distress and mental illness.

The conference program promises to be very diverse and stimulating. The keynote speakers are Professor Emeritus of Counselling John McLeod from University of Abertay, Scotland and Professor David Tacey from La Trobe University, Melbourne, who will provide their wisdom and perspectives on complexity and connectedness. A range of invited and selected speakers will present on research, practice and training in counselling and psychotherapy. The AARC Symposium on relationship counselling is imbedded in the conference program. There are two plenary sessions, a Consumer and Carer Forum and a panel discussion on Challenges facing counselling and psychotherapy as a self regulating profession, with speakers on ethics and complaint management from PACFA, the Australian Association of Social Work and the Health Care Complaints Commission. Students from counselling and psychotherapy programs around Australia have been invited to submit posters on their research and project work.

Pre-conference workshops will be presented on 13 June 2014 by Professor Emeritus John McLeod, Craig san Roque, Jungian analyst and Laurie McKinnon, couple and family therapist. A conference dinner with storyteller extraordinaire Monica Tesellaar will be held on 14 June at the venue. Indigenous tours of the Rocks area of Sydney can be booked for the mornings of 13 and 16 June.

The conference committee gratefully acknowledges the support of the Mental Health Council of Australia.

We look forward to connecting with you at the conference!

Professor Ione Lewis
President, Psychotherapy & Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA)
Conference Organising Committee Chair
Conference Committee

Professor Ione Lewis, PACFA (Committee Chair)
Lorraine Earle, AARC
Jo Fleet, CAPA NSW
Elida Meadows, Carer representative, National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Network Forum
Gina O'Neil, President, CAPA NSW
Rob Salmon, Treasurer, PACFA
Dr Meg Smith, OAM, Consumer representative, Mental Health Association NSW
Guy Vicars, President, AARC
Charles Wilson, Vice President, PACFA
  Important Dates  
13 December 2013
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January 2014
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13 June 2014
Pre-conference Workshops

14-15 June 2014
Joint PACFA, CAPA (NSW) and AARC Conference 2014
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