If as adults we struggle to make sense of the horrors that have unfolded in Christchurch and Utrecht, how can we speak to our children? In an age where news is available graphically and instantly it is inevitable that our children will be aware of these events and without help may process the information in a manner that distresses them. The key to speaking to children is with honesty and tailored to their developmental age and stage. We need to be clear that something terrible has happened and that people have died but that despite this we are safe, they are safe and there are good people working hard to make sure we remain safe. We can explain to our children that these terrible events have happened many miles from where we live and that it is because they are so unusual and terrible that people are distressed and talking about it.
We should only give them information they seek and be aware of buffering them from media images and descriptions. This can be particularly challenging as children become older and have access to devices that carry news and discussion. We should also allow them the space to talk about feelings as well as facts and to support them to help survivors if this is their wish.
Perhaps more than anything we should create homes and relationships where people treat each other with respect and kindness and no–one needs to be afraid.
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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 Place has a wide range of qualifications & other training opportunities available including:
Graduate Diploma in Family Therapy & Systematic Practice
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
Undertake practical weekly or block intensive placement
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