Twenty years ago, family therapists were challenged to address violence and abuse in families and as a result a rich literature developed that allows trainee practitioners to develop confidence and expertise in broaching and addressing this difficult area. Now, another area of human experience that is central to the well-being of many families and the success of therapy is requiring our attention.
Williams-Reade et al (2019) note that while nearly 80% of Americans identify spirituality as an integral part of their lives, practitioners report feeling uncomfortable or unprepared to enquire about this and ignore an important aspect of diversity and the systemic context. While 30% of Australian in the 2016 census identified as having ‘no religion’, this implies that many clients bring their own unique spiritual beliefs and values. In order to address this, the authors developed a doctoral-level spirituality integration course and explored students responses. They report that the course advantaged students both professionally and personally, providing them with skills to think about and discuss spirituality, making it easier to incorporate into assessment and therapy. This is clearly an important facet of the lives of both students and clients which needs to be recognised and sensitively addressed.
Williams-Reade,J, Lobo,E. and Gutierrez,G.(2019)Integrating Spirituality Into MFT Training:A Reflexive Curriculum and Qualitative Evaluation Journal of Marital and Family Therapy 45(2): 219–232
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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.
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