A central tenet of the Bower Place Method is that inequality is the major constraint to effective service delivery. Inequality is conceptualised in three main forms. The first is political inequality; the practitioner is an agent of the state while the client is a citizen, problem inequality; the client is required to have and share a problem while the practitioner does not and psychological inequality where by the practitioner’s capacity to recall and process verbal information is likely to be stronger than the client. Very simply if the client cannot process or recall information shared in the session change is unlikely to occur.
In light of this it was interesting to encounter the paper ‘From Knowing To Doing: Guidelines For Socioculturally Attuned Family Therapy’ by Knudson-Martin, McDowell and Bermudez in the January 2019 edition of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. The authors recognise that while practitioners are aware that clinical concerns are directly connected to larger socio-political contexts there are few guidelines to address social equity. The paper was written with the express intent to ‘help therapists move from knowing about sociocontextual issues to doing socioculturally attuned practice’. An overarching framework is proposed which calls for a third order transformation enabling ‘therapists to integrate awareness of societal context and power processes into established family therapy models’. The authors then propose six transtheoretical guidelines in order to achieve this goal.
While very different approaches, both aim to address inequality and to furnish practitioners with practical and effective approaches to managing it in the therapeutic encounter.
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.
21st June 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