Now Let’s Go Back

It’s eight weeks since practitioners at Bower Place and many other organizations packed up computers and recreated their workplace at home.

We were given sound advice about managing ourselves in this new world as we adapted to new roles and relationships which for some involved juggling a new career as teacher to home schooled children while  finding creative ways of offering services we had previously conducted face to face.

Now we enter a new phase which some have likened to re-entry syndrome or reverse culture shock, the adaptation challenges faced by Antarctic expeditioners who describe feeling swamped by choices and fluctuate between feeling anxious and overwhelmed. Yet the analogy has limitations as now, unlike the explorer who returns to a relatively unchanged world, we are all moving into another new phase.  As systems thinkers we understand that when a family is confronted with unexpected change like unemployment, untimely death, illness, or injury it must reconfigure itself to adapt and respond. Its members readjust rules, roles, relationships, and boundaries to protect and promote the wellbeing of members and the whole group. When this proves difficult, symptoms arise, including depression, anxiety, violence, substance misuse and family conflict. We know that isolation has already produced an upsurge in family violence anxiety and depression. Now as we respond to the next external challenge we must once again re-adapt to a world unlike any we have lived in before where the old certainties do not apply, and disruption and change is imminent. This time the unexpected has not only befallen our clients, it applies to us all.

 

NDIS Services

Bower Place is an experienced NDIS service provider, of therapeutic practice, support coordination, and therapeutic mentoring with expertise in services for complex, co-morbid, child, adolescent and adult mental health, disability and child protection matters. We work therapeutically with cognitively challenged clients and those with significant cultural, language or religious differentials. Bower Place works in 7 first languages; English, Mandarin, Farsi, Dari, Arabic, Dinka and Russian.

Bower Place is seasoned in face-to-face and online service delivery and we have organised our staff into expert teams to respond to each client’s need in their unique context. This may be for direct services to clients or those providing other forms of care. All staff have access to the most recent and secure technology in order to offer the highest level of therapeutic services on-line and with safety and confidentiality. We are skilled in working with individuals, couples, families and work groups. We also provide support and guidance to those who work with their own clients or patients.

For bookings or further information please contact Bower Place (08) 8221 6066 or info@bowerplace.com.au

 

Specialist Online Counselling

Support and therapeutic services for people experiencing the impact of their own and others’ distress 

Bower Place has a 33-year history of providing expert professional help to children, adolescents, adults, couples, families and organizations struggling with the most difficult personal, relational and social difficulties. In response to the pandemic we have organised our staff into expert teams to respond to each client’s need in their unique context. The need may be for direct services to clients or to those who are providing other forms of care.  All staff have access to the most recent and secure technology so we can continue to offer the highest level of therapeutic services on-line and with safety and confidentiality. Our system allows us to work with individuals, couples, families and work groups to address individual and relational difficulties.

For bookings or further information please contact Bower Place (08) 8221 6066 or info@bowerplace.com.au

 

Knowledge and Training – Professional Development 

Professionals in both the public and private sectors have expertise in their chosen field, be it medicine, law or accounting, but are constrained to respond to the emotional demands of their clients. They may also feel overwhelmed by those demands. The task of emotional helping requires specialist expertise in managing complex situations, an ability to assess the dynamics and difficulties that present both individually and relationally and understand the impact of the current health crisis on individuals, families and the work contexts. This is particularly true of those working in the human services field; psychology, social work, accounting, law whose clients look to for clear, unequivocal guidance, support and advice. As the demand from our clients increases, we may find ourselves doubly overwhelmed and unable to adequately respond to them and others in our world.

High quality training and professional development to colleagues, business leaders, teams and organizations will continue to be offered as on-line supervision and training. Input can be tailored to the specific needs of the individual practitioner, team or work group to help them work more effectively with their client group while remaining effective and functional.

Bower Place provides confidential expert face-to-face and online consultations for children, adolescents, adults, couples and families experiencing the impact of the COVID-19. When humans experience extraordinary external stressors, individual and relationship distress between couples and within families can escalate.

For bookings or further information please contact Bower Place (08) 8221 6066 or info@bowerplace.com.au