Bower Place Complex Needs Clinic

In a journal article, Robin Johnson (2013) poses the question ‘Do “complex needs” need “complex needs services”?’ Service delivery and therapeutic engagement with individuals and families with multiple and inter locking problems place high demands on those working in this area. Graduates of the Bower Place Method have expressed their increased understanding of issues facing clients with complex needs and note that they are able to apply the Method to clients that may have previously been caught in the web of various service agencies. Johnson further suggests that engaging at risk clients more effectively is the product of innovation and guidance. The Bower Place Method is based on a comprehensive range of theoretical frameworks allowing practitioners to become skilled in innovative thinking and processes seeking to address the complexity of client matters.
Developed by Clinic Directors Malcolm Robinson and Catherine Sanders, the Bower Place Method is a comprehensive, multi-theoretical model for systemic practice accessible to both experienced and beginning practitioners. It is informed by key schools of family therapy, theories of development and change, neurobiology, and an understanding of inequality. It guides practitioners’ understanding of human difficulties, and directs attention to pathways of “turning” or change. The Method incorporates both the Bower Place Model, a diagrammatic way of describing, explaining and changing the client/family’s experience of a problem and its circumstances, and BowerNote, a comprehensive, contemporaneous note system and protocols for practice that address questions of inequality, transparency, collaboration, productivity, and risk in service delivery. Practitioners from a wide range of backgrounds such as social work, psychology, counselling and education, comment that the Method provides them with “a richness in what I can now offer my clients that I haven’t had from other training models before”, a base to “become more creative and flexible” in their thinking, and a “language (their) clients and families can understand …”.
It you would like more information about how the Method might be applicable to your current work and clinical practice, please contact, or come along to our workshop outlined below.
Johnson, R. (2013). Do “complex needs” need “complex needs services”? (part 2). Mental Health and Social Inclusion, 17(4), 206-214. doi: