What Do You Believe?

Bower Knowledge

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

Coming Soon – as of September 2019

The How do I series – short 20 minute online professional development

At Bower Place we teach clinical practice working with students from Certificate 4 to post graduate family therapy trainees in our Graduate Diploma in Family Therapy & Systemic Practice course accredited with the Australian Association of Family Therapy (AAFT). While our students are often well equipped to learn theory, and many have completed studies that require high level theoretical understanding, many of them find the translation of theory into practice in the therapeutic setting to be their greatest challenge. Often the most confident articulate student finds themselves at a ;loss when confronted  with the real life complexity of individuals, couples and  families whom they see in the Complex Needs Clinic.
How do you make a connection with anyone from  a baby to a centenarian?  How do you formulate a working hypothesis? How do you ask a relevant question? How do you maintain order and direction in a session without becoming constrictive? All these questions and more made us realise that it was time to run the “How do I?” series. The series comprise fortnightly on-line presentations that specifically address these practical skill questions. Each is for 20 minutes and includes an introduction to the question, a brief theoretical underpinning and practical advice, explanation and demonstration of the skill.
Attendees can log on to experience the session in real time and send questions to the presenter to address at the conclusion of the session. An additional 10 minutes will be allocated to do this. The series will also be available as a recording which can be purchased to be viewed over 24hours.
For those wishing to claim CPD reading and a post session quiz can be provided.
For information and bookings (08) 8221 6066 or www.bowerplace.com.au

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
  • 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