Vol. 8

The Ikon Journal

Welcome to your Ikon Journal, Volume 8 (June 2023)
The Journal will be published once every trimester into your student portal.
Please remember, this journal is for you and we would love you to share your ideas, inspiring stories, events, pictures, tips and more.

Get in contact now with Prisca at experience@ikon.edu.au

Company News and Key Dates.

2023 – 2026 Key DatesDownload

2023 Schedule of FeesDownload


New look for the Library!

This year we’re bringing in some big changes in how you study, starting with the reveal of our new and improved Online Library Hub.

Coming just in time to help with your assessments, we have added a whooping five new databases to our collection – meaning you can now access over 70,000 different resources including eBooks, journals, articles, videos, and more. You will never need to hunt down a reference again!

Check it out HERE

Welcome to our new Ikon staff.

Student  Experience (Adelaide)

Hi, I’m Sandra from Philippines. I joined the Ikon Student Experience Team on fourth week of May 2023. I have experience working in Education sector and looking forward for more. I will be finishing my MBA degree this June 2023 and can’t wait to be free from assessments. I love watching K-dramas, singing in Karaoke and going to the beach. It is a pleasure being part of a supportive and diverse team.

Course Advisor (Melbourne)

Hey, I’m Ignacio, but you can call me Nate if that makes it easier!
I’m currently working as a student advisor for Ikon Institute. I’ve been working in different industries for a while, from User Experience Design, Digital Marketing, Market Research, Retail, Student Advisor, Customer Service and I do hairdressing from home. I love reading, drawing, and watching movies/TV shows, especially from the UK. I like keeping myself fit and healthy, going to the gym every day, and practicing meditation and mindfulness as much as I can. Looking forward to meeting you all! 

Wellness Wednesday

Student Experience Outdoor Selfie Challenge

Industry News and Trends.

PACFA E-news

The Problem of Unregistered practicioners:

PACFA has recently been notified of a number of discussions on social media encouraging Counsellors and Psychotherapists to practice without registration.

Whilst registration may not be legally mandatory, it is expected that all healthcare professionals will be appropriately registered due to the power imbalance inherent in the therapeutic relationship, potential for personal influence and risk of harm. Professional registration is an essential part of meeting a practitioner’s Duty of Care to their clients. Clients also have a right to expect a consistent level of training, regular updates on clinical practice, appropriate professional supervision and access to robust complaints and grievance processes.  

PACFA regularly receives complaints about practitioners who have faced external criticism in legal proceedings due to their lack of registration. These frequently coincide with sanctions imposed by a range of regulatory bodies, healthcare commissions and state governments. Registration is required by employers, insurers and government funders, including workers’ and other compensation bodies and the NDIS. 

Registration is the central mechanism through which to present the Counselling, Psychotherapy and Indigenous Healing Practitioner professions as reputable mental healthcare providers.

PACFA does not represent nor advocate for unregistered practitioners. Unregistered practitioners are not recognised as Allied Health professionals.

For further information about self-registration and the role of self-regulating bodies, please go to the National Alliance of Self-Regulating Health Professionals at www.nasrhp.org.au.

PACFA-endorsed CPD

PACFA CPD endorsements are designed to maintain high-quality standards of professional development opportunities offered to our members.

In addition to the PACFA-endorsed CPD events, there are several PACFA endorsed Short Courses and Online Modules run by our partners. These modules have been endorsed by the PACFA accreditation team, and provide facilitated, learn-at-your-own-pace style CPD opportunities that provide multiple intakes throughout a 12-month period. 

PACFA-endorsed CPD online modules count towards the annual CPD requirements of our members, and are directly relevant to clinical practice in counselling and/or psychotherapy. These online modules are also facilitated and presented by credible instructors, practitioners, and experts in the field.

Click here to find out more.



Upcoming Events.

Pride Month

June Pride Month in Australia is a month-long celebration and advocacy for LGBTQ+ rights and equality, marked by vibrant parades, events, and activities that highlight the diversity and resilience of the LGBTQ+ community.

Make sure to keep an eye on the Canvas announcements for all the awesome Pride Month activities and events happening in your state!


World Wellbeing Week

Now in its fifth year, World Wellbeing Week returns in June 2023 to provide the opportunity for participants worldwide to celebrate the many aspects of wellbeing, from meaningful, purposeful work to financial security, physical, mental and emotional health, social resilience and empathic corporate and civic leadership, community relations and care for the environment. Wellbeing has never been so important to our lives and livelihoods. Enjoy some fresh brewed herbal teas, fresh fruits, meditation and yoga sessions throughout the week at your local campus.

Click here to submit your expression of interest!
Get involved and support WWW.

Some examples
Yoga, meditation, sound healing sessions
Self-care workshops
Dance movement

When: Monday, 26th June – Friday, 30th June
Where: Campus & Online



Each year Ikon proudly supports NAIDOC WEEK.

For this year’s event, we are reaching out to the vibrant Ikon Community, inviting all interested individuals to participate.

We are seeking guest speakers, artists capable of leading workshops, talented singers, and more.

To share your creative ideas and express your interest, send an email to events@ikon.edu.au

When: Sunday, 2nd July – Sunday, 9th July

Red Nose Day

Ikon is actively participating in 2023 Red Nose Day!

Join us on campus  for a food stall charity event. Bring a dish along to celebrate and support to help Save Little Lives! Gold coin donation!

Last year, we raised $546.00.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Prisca at events@ikon.edu.au

When: Tuesday, 8th August at 11am
Where: On-Campus

Alumni Event

Join us for a unique opportunity with Chris Caldwell to tap into the wisdom of our elders and those in related fields, as we capture and transmit their knowledge for posterity. Through intimate conversations with these thought leaders, we aim to create a lineage of learning that connects the past with the present and the future. Chris is a very important figure in the transpersonal psychology and psychotherapy scene in Victoria. He has trained thousands of students in over thirty years of teaching. He is widely respected as a pioneer in the place. He is a wealth of wisdom.

Date and Time

Tue, 20 Jun 2023 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM AEST


Ikon Institute of Australia: Level 4, 601 Bourke Street Melbourne, VIC 3000

Register here.

What’s happening around you.


The Adelaide Cabaret Festival

9 – 24 June 2023
Celebrating its 23rd year in 2023, Adelaide Cabaret Festival is the biggest cabaret festival in the world, and a major event in the international and Australian arts calendar.

Click here for more information!

Illuminate Adelaide

A new major annual winter event taking over Adelaide’s city streets, laneway and buildings from 16 July – 01 August 2021, celebrating innovation, music, art.

Find out more about Illuminate.

The Adelaide Beer and BBQ festival

Adelaide Beer and BBQ Festival returns to the Adelaide Showgrounds in July 2022.
This year’s festival will see more than 100 brewers, cidermakers, distillers.

Find out more about the festival.

Adelaide Winter Reds

One of the most beautiful ways to enjoy the Hills is on a cold wintery weekend, the rain pelting the window of a rustic cellar door, a fire roaring, a glass of Shiraz, Pinot Noir or even Tempranillo in hand and a bowl of warming, slow cooked nourishment on your lap.

Find out more about Winter Reds.


Providore Park

Wine and dine the weekend away in Brisbane’s lushest gourmet destination – the iconic Roma Street Parkland.

Providore Park is a tantalising new event, pairing top drops and tasty treats across one delicious weekend on Saturday 8, and Sunday 9 July.

Click here for more information.

Le Festival 2023

Le Festival returns “enfin” to Brisbane this July with Can-Can, Champagne, and a cultural experience like no other! 

Brisbane’s favourite French celebration is returning this year after a long 3-year break. So, now is the time to put on your beret, get your stripes, bring your baguette, channel your chic… and join us for a weekend ‘a la française’ like no other from 21-23 July at our new venue, Victoria Park/Barrambin!

Click here for more information!



Emerging Writer’s Festival

Over eleven days of exciting programming, Emerging Writers’ Festival invites artists and audiences alike to celebrate their twentieth anniversary, discovering new stories, new voices, and new worlds.

Dive into performances, panels, professional development opportunities, and online projects. With more than 70 events – in-person and digital – and featuring over 200 artists, the Emerging Writers’ Festival has something for everyone.

Click here for more information!

THE LUME Melbourne

Connection features over 550 artworks from more than 110 visual and musical artists, representing the largest experience of First Peoples’ art ever assembled.

Developed in curatorial collaboration with the National Museum of Australia and experts including Margo Neale, Rhoda Roberts AO, Wayne Quilliam, and Adam Knight, Connection is a ground-breaking showcase that fuses the world’s oldest culture with the most cutting-edge technology.

Click here for more information!


National Indigenous Art Fair

Celebrate contemporary Indigenous Australian art, design, food, and culture at the annual National Indigenous Art Fair Overseas Passenger Terminal, at Gadigal Country, The Rocks, Sydney.

Launching Naidoc week, this iconic annual event held on Sydney Harbour’s stunning foreshore showcases the latest award-winning ideas and innovations from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, designers, and makers from around the country.

Click here for more information!

Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes

The Archibald Prize, first awarded in 1921, is the country’s favourite art award, and one of its most prestigious. Awarded to the best portrait painting, it’s a who’s who of Australian culture – from politicians to celebrities, sporting heroes to artists.

Click here for more information!


Sydney Opera House Stream

Stream offers access to free and paid full-length performances from the Opera House stages, live streams of new performances, highlights from the multi-genre archive, presentations by local and international performing arts companies, and original content created exclusively for the platform.

Click here to check it out!

The Stunning Science of NASA’s Newest Telescope

Join NASA scientist Matthew Greenhouse as he takes you back in time, first to how the telescope was conceived and built, and then even further back, through the history of the cosmos itself. Greenhouse will explain how new tools aboard the telescope are able to see the early epochs of the universe in ways that its beloved predecessor, the Hubble Space Telescope, cannot.

Get tickets here!

Clubs and Groups

Queer Club.

The Queer Club is not an exclusive club and EVERYONE is welcome.
Join us on the Melbourne Campus for events and get-togethers! We also have online resources and discussion forums where you can get to know other people in our Ikon Queer Community.

If you are interested in joining, contact Andy at andyfernie@icloud.com or 0438 338 853, or Ella and Prisca at events@ikon.edu.au

Upcoming Event: Explore Flinders Lane at Night

Explorer’s Club (Hiking Club).

The Hiking and Camping Club is based in Melbourne, where students and staff can get together to explore nature and take a break from the city!

Hikes are organised every trimester and we are open to taking ideas from fellow nature lovers.

If you are interested in joining, contact Prisca (0431 518 977) or at events@ikon.edu.au.

Permaculture Club.

Are you interested in personal growth and learning, while also contributing to your community and the environment?

If so, we invite you to join our community of people working towards critical thinking as problem-solving and a commitment to sustainable gardening practices.

Run via Zoom, the Permaculture Club meet monthly to dialogue & discuss sources, swap tips, workshop collective dreams and get to know fellow thinkers (no prerequisite required just a passion to learn and grow). This will be a collaborative endeavor and will take shape by the efforts of the collective.

If you’re interested, please reach out to Gabby at gab.j.aston@gmail.com or Ella at events@ikon.edu.au

Rock Climbing Club.


It is a full-Body Workout. That even includes tiny muscles and tendons like those in your fingers and toes. You can enjoy a feeling of accomplishment after using every muscle group to pull yourself up to the top of a wall. In addition to being a physically demanding and rewarding hobby, rock climbing also works out your brain.

If you are interested contact Jesse at maccasplace2@gmail.com


Accomplishments and Celebrations

Winter Community Market 2023

From captivating books to stunning homemade jewellery, scented candles to cozy scarves, trendy clothing to stylish bags, our stalls had it all! Together, we celebrated and supported the talented small businesses that make our Ikon community shine bright. 🌟

A heartfelt thank you to all the participants, assistants, and attendees who made this event a resounding success! Stay tuned for the next chapter of our Ikon Community Market, where new adventures and delightful surprises await. ✨

Recommended viewing and reading.

Integrative Approaches to Treating Psychological Trauma

with Tra-ill Dowie

‘An Integrated Approach to Trauma Treatment: Part I: Foundations of Theory’. Tra-ill’s thinking about trauma draws upon diverse, and integrated, psychotherapeutic traditions, but extends beyond this to consider the contributions of neuroscience, psychiatry, philosophy of mind, phenomenology, complexity science, systems theory, but also literature and the arts in general.

Click here to watch.

My mom has 4 rules for a meaningful, fulfilled life

A happiness expert says she ‘loves’ them

  1. Do what makes you happy.
  2. You can do anything in this world that you really want to do.
  3. You don’t have to do anything in this world that you don’t really want to do.
  4. Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you must.

Click here to read the full article.

Expressive Arts Therapy: 15 Creative Activities and Techniques

By Jo Nash, Ph.D.

Expressive arts therapy is a multimodal holistic health intervention that mobilizes creative expression in the service of healing both mind and body.

It is especially well suited to clients who lack the ability to articulate their inner world with words alone. These clients can use the many forms of creative arts to express themselves.

In this article, we will discuss expressive arts therapy by explaining the interventions used and the difference between expressive arts therapy and creative arts therapies. You will be introduced to expressive arts therapy techniques and ideas for your psychotherapy and counseling sessions, both with individual adults and groups.

The article will also introduce training programs and degrees in expressive arts therapy and present a brief review of some of the best books on the subject.

Click here to read the article

You Can’t Explain Human Experience in Purely Physical Terms

Does the soul exist? Re-enchanting the world with an old idea.

The idea of a “soul” runs through our language and culture. We talk about soulmates, soul-searching, and those who have a “good soul.” In these contexts, the soul refers to the essence of a person, a deep aspect of our identity beneath our surface personality.

Click here to read the full article

In the know.

Meet Matt Davis

Hi! I’m Matt, and I’ve worked as an employment coach for over 3 years, and through that time I was recognised as one of the most consistently top achieving employment coaches on a national contract across the whole of the UK. Now based here in Melbourne, I’m self-employed helping people achieve whatever their employment goals are.

I work with a variety of clients with a range of different employment goals, whether that is needing to find a new job ASAP, or preparing for a more professional role after you graduate, or generally working on upskilling their employability skills such as interview skills.

The main forms of support I offer include:

  • Resume writing/updating
  • Creating and tailoring cover letters
  • Applying for jobs on your behalf
  • Sourcing job opportunities directly with employers
  • Help with interview preparation
  • Interview skills coaching
  • Coaching on writing and tailoring cover letters and resumes
  • Coaching on identifying your employable strengths and transferable skills

If you’re interested in employment support or just generally want to know more, feel free to grab me for a chat on campus, or alternatively email me at matt@relationalemployment.com or drop me a text on 0412259985 to arrange a free, informal 15 minute chat over the phone to see how I could help.

Matt Davis

Student Spotlight.


My chair is empty
Come and have a seat
Leave our masks behind
Our souls then
will meet…

Mental Health and Wellbeing.

Havard-trained psychologist: If you use any of these 9 phrases every day, you’re more emotionally secure than most

Emotionally secure people are empowered, confident and comfortable in their own skin. They walk the world with authenticity and conviction, and do what is meaningful to them.

As a Harvard-trained psychologist, I’ve found that this sense of self-assuredness makes them better able to navigate conflict and be vulnerable with others, mostly because they aren’t looking for external validation.

But takes a lot of work to get there. If you use any of these nine phrases, you’re more emotionally secure than most people.

Ikon Essences

🎉🍴 We are thrilled to announce the launch of our very first Ikon cookbook – Ikon Essences! 🌍🌶️

We are celebrating cultural diversity by sharing the many flavors that make up our community! Share your favorite recipe with us – whether it’s a childhood classic, a travel-inspired dish, or a go-to favorite. Let’s come together to create something delicious and learn more about each other’s stories. Send your recipe, a little backstory, and a photo to events@ikon.edu.au!

Stay tuned for the digital download via the Student Hub. 📚👀

Meet Taco

Meet Taco! Ella, from Student Experience, has recently adopted a Velveteen Lop Bunny named Taco, or Bun Bun. Taco is a moody and sassy bunny who loves death stare you for pets and flop like she has no care in the world. She is 2.5 years old and loves to eat kale and wifi cables