Professional Counselling Association
of the ACT and NSW Inc

Wellbeing & Mindfulness Symposium + AGM

  • 28 Sep 2013
  • 9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
  • Penrith RSL, NSW


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Wellbeing and Mindfulness Symposium + Annual General Meeting of the PCA

The PCA is proud to announce psychologist, Mr. John Barter as Keynote Speaker. John is a Buddhist Psychologist, Mindfulness Meditation teacher, supervisor, coach and counsellor. He has over 30 years of continuous study and practice in Mindfulness and Meditative disciplines. He is a Nationally Registered Psychologist and Full Member of The Australian Psychological Society (APS). He graduated with both undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Psychology from the University of Sydney and a Masters in Counselling from the University of Western Sydney. Currently, he is both a Full Member and Teacher of the Australian Association of Buddhist Counsellors and Psychotherapists (AABCAP).

John’s presentation will address wellbeing from both Western and Buddhist psychological perspectives. There will be a focus on Mindfulness and Buddhist Wisdom approaches, in the quest for a strong sense of wellbeing, with consideration given to stress and self care, as an important element of duty of care to our clients.


The PCA's Annual General Meeting will be conducted over the lunch break. It is important for all members to attend the AGM and "own" the association. Issues are debated during the AGM and the membership votes for the outcomes.


The afternoon session will have a practical component in which participants will have the opportunity to engage in a Mindfulness experience. The session will draw on the themes from the morning’s keynote speaker, and will be led by an experienced meditation teacher. Whilst beneficial on a personal level, it is hoped that participants will also gain skills, which can be directly applied to current work practices.


8.45 Coffee and Registration

9.15 Welcome by President of PCA and Welcome to Country

9.30 Opening Address – Dr. Sheridan Linnell UWS

10.00 Keynote Presentation - John Barter

11.00 Morning Tea

11.20 John Barter continued

12.50 Address by President of the PCA of the ACT/NSW

1.00 Lunch (1.20 AGM for members of the PCA of the ACT/NSW)

2:15 Meditation Workshop

3:30 Afternoon Tea

3.50 Meditation Workshop continued

4.30 Closing & Concluding Remarks

This event attracts 10 OPD points for ACA

You can either register for this event on the website or you can download a registration form, please click here. 

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