When we hear the word ‘family therapy’ it conjures up a picture of Mum, Dad and 2.5 children sitting with an earnest therapist looking angrily at each other. Yet family therapy is so much more than addressing family conflict and disharmony and is, in fact, a valuable approach for children, adolescents and adults in families and social groups of all configurations and types.
Testimony to this is the two most recently published reviews by Carr (2018a, b) in the Journal of Family Therapy. The first presents evidence for the effectiveness of systemic interventions for families of children and adolescents and supports the effectiveness of systemic interventions ‘for sleep, feeding and attachment problems in infancy; recovery from child abuse and neglect; conduct problems, emotional problems, eating disorders, somatic problems, and first episode psychosis’ (Carr, 2018a).
Similarly, review of the evidence for adults demonstrates the effectiveness of such approaches for ‘relationship distress, psychosexual problems, intimate partner violence, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, alcohol problems, psychosis and adjustment to chronic physical illness’ (Carr, 2018b).
So why wouldn’t you consider family therapy as the treatment of choice?
Family Therapy is an approach to understanding and changing human difficulties, that gives attention to both the inside and outside world of people & the relationship between the two. The focus is on family as the context where problems may be generated in the past & perpetuated in the present. By working with the repetitive patterns of interaction between family members and their world, symptoms can be understood & resolved.
Family therapy addresses & incorporates the wider system & the endemic inequalities due to gender, race, advantage & ability which shape lives & underpin difficulties which present to therapy.
Family therapy as practiced at Bower Place is premised on the Bower Place Method which draws together theory & practice from a range of sources, incorporating original knowledge.
Bower Place has a wide range of qualifications & other training opportunities available including:
Graduate Diploma in Family Therapy & Systematic Practice
Diploma of Counselling (CHC5105)
Short Course Specialisation – Introduction to Family Therapy
Workshops – Bower Place senior practitioners & national & international guest presenters
Knowledge & Training Membership Portal – Bower Systemic
Work directly with clients in the Bower Place Complex Needs Clinic
Partner with senior practitioners in a dynamic learning environment
Explore diverse blended knowledge & training methodology