Working with ‘Complex’ Children

The assumption that human difficulties are within the person who shows the symptom means that service delivery systems are organised around this presumption. Clients are seen within designated services that are labelled by age, gender or symptom category and both assessment and intervention tend to be directed to that individual. A different way of conceptualizing human difficulties is that they are generated in the pattern of interaction between people and perpetuated in relationship. Logically, intervention is then targeted to relationship rather than the individual ‘symptom bearer’.

This is particularly important in working with children with complex difficulties. The complexity may lie in the nature of the presenting problem, for example suicidality or sexualized or extremely violent behaviour, and in the relationships in which the symptoms express themselves. The more systems, family members and helpers involved, the more potential there is for fracture and disagreement and the more complex the matter becomes. In many cases it is impossible to resolve the presenting difficulties until questions about who has the responsibility for the child and problem, and the authority to effect appropriate change, are clearly resolved. Taking this perspective means that it no longer makes sense to cut up the system into pieces and attempt to address matters on an individual basis. The adage ‘the whole is more than the sum of its parts’ aptly describes this understanding.

Upcoming workshop – Emotional Dysregulation

“A neuro-political approach to therapy with emotionally & behaviourally dysregulated children, adolescents & families”

A one-day workshop, combining clinical expertise, knowledge and training within the Bower Place Complex Needs Clinic. An opportunity to explore research drawing on live clinical practice.

15th March 2019 – 9.30am to 5pm.

Cost $190 for full day training with Senior Practitioners in the field and Bower Place Directors Catherine Sanders and Malcolm Robinson

For bookings (08) 8221 6066 or info@bowerplace.com.au (places are limited)

Bower Clinic

Appointments are available

  • Monday 10am-5pm
  • Tuesday 10am-7.30pm
  • Wednesday 10am-7.30pm
  • Thursday 10am-5pm
  • Friday 10am- 5pm

Fees & Charges

We are able to provide a Bulk Billing service by a psychologist and Medicare accredited Mental Health Social Workers for clients who hold a Mental Health Care Plan from their GP.

We also work with clients covered by NDIS support plans.

Clients who are not covered by either a Mental Health Care Plan or the NDIS are able to access services within the Complex Needs Clinic at a low fee rate of $60 per 90 minute session.

Bower Training

Bower Place has a wide range of qualifications & other training opportunities available including:

  • Graduate Diploma in Family Therapy & Systematic Practice
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Clinical Placements
  • 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

Opportunities to:

  • 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
  • Undertake practical weekly or block intensive placement
  • Study online knowledge and theoretical assessments