Word and Image

The Bower Place Model and BowerNote, the protocols of practice, are premised on the idea that the management of inequality is fundamental to effective change. In therapy this entails a number of strategies to address the inescapable inequality in the therapeutic relationship including the use of more than one form of communication. Sessions are conducted in conversation that is always accompanied by written notes the client can sight and append. In addition the practitioner may draw images to illustrate a concept or use physical means like family sculpting to explore and address difficulties.

Training to be a practitioner also entails an inequality between an experienced practitioner and a novice student. Just as our clients learn through more than one modality so do students. All training sessions commence with a class briefing where the family ecogram and timeline are the focus of attention. In the room student’s act as assistants to the practitioner and in this role and with the help of the family, take notes and draw ecograms and timelines. They may be invited to draw images to illustrate the advice and intervention delivered to the clients.

In workshops students are instructed through a PowerPoint (word) supported by a sculpting exercise where students create the physical ‘shape’ of a family to represent their relationships or asked to draw a picture of a theoretical concept. In every possible way communication is diversified through multiple modalities. Very simply “If the client (student) cannot remember or process information that information won’t make a difference”. The use of the verbal, physical, written and diagrammatic offers a greater opportunity for learning by both students and clients.


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 $75 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
  • Accrue PD Points for:
    • Postgraduate
    • Clinical Supervision
    • 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