It’s a long road to complete a social work or psychology qualification; 4,6 years minimum of hard work and a restricted life. So why would you commit to further study, such as a Graduate Diploma in Family Therapy & Systemic Practice, with its particular focus on work with the whole context in which the client lives?
I was curious to ask this question of those who are currently studying at Bower Place. This is what they told me;
When I graduated (from university), I knew a lot about theory and ideas but knew I was lacking in skills. This training gives me practical skills and confidence to work with clients
For me, the incorporation of the wider system, political, social and cultural has been important. This approach allows for the integration of ideas about inequality and justice and the idea that the person attending brings with them their own answers to their problems.
A contextual approach speaks to the idea that change is naturally occurring and that it is important to focus on what stands in the way of this happening, the constraints to change. It’s much easier to identify and work with what must be removed from the system rather than adding more to an already overburdened world.
I liked the simple idea; You can’t fix the inside until you fix the outside
It challenges the excessive belief in our field that the only one who can make a change is the individual which places all responsibility with them.
It’s just knowing it’s right, it’s a feeling which underpins our experience that working with the individual is just not enough
A recurrent theme was that engaging with systemic theory and practice ‘just seemed right’. Perhaps some brains are designed for contextual practice.
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