Australians are no strangers to natural disaster, as Dorothea MacKellar wrote in 1904, ‘I love a sunburnt country, a land of sweeping plains, of ragged mountain ranges, of droughts and flooding rains’. Currently we suffer both drought and bushfire raising questions as to how we, as contextual thinkers, can respond to such events.
Jan Breckenridge and Kerrie James (2012) suggest that traditional therapeutic responses assume a focus on individuals, their families and symptoms of post-traumatic stress and fail to appreciate the ‘therapeutic or mediating role of social or community support in surviving trauma’. The authors suggest that community based interventions encourage a more holistic vision of resilience and recovery and in recognising the trauma is experienced by a whole community can offer support and intervention at this broader level. They conclude; ‘Facilitating relationships beyond the immediate family ought to be within the scope of family therapists as it is certainly within their skill base.’
Breckenridge, J and James, K (2012) Therapeutic Responses to Communities Affected by Disasters: The Contribution of Family Therapy ANZJFT Vol 33,3 pp 242-256
Appointments are available:
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 $75 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
Accrue PD Points for:
Short Course Specialisation
Counselling in Context Certificate
Professional Development Workshops
Knowledge and Training Membership Portal
Explore diverse blended knowledge & training methodology
Undertake practical weekly or block intensive placement
Study online knowledge and theoretical assessments