Director’s Notes

Mental Illness and Families – The Symptom is in Me but the Solution is in the Family

Bower Knowledge The siloed approach to many of our human services can mean that when a parent develops a mental illness both the impact on and resources for recovery within the family are overlooked. A paper published for practitioners by the Australian Institute for Family.... Read More

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.... Read More

The Protective Value of a Positive Role Model

Bower Knowledge Adolescence is a key time for identity formation when young people look to the adults around them to determine appropriate and acceptable behaviour and source models of who they would like to become in the future. This can work either positively or negatively.... Read More

A Place to Regulate

Bower Knowledge Children who fail to self-regulate, either by acting ‘out’ or disappearing ‘in’ now form a significant percentage of clients seen in the Bower Place Complex Needs Clinic. It has become clear that ‘traditional’ therapy rooms that are essentially designed for adults, do not.... Read More

Integrating Work in the Room with Work in the World

Bower Knowledge Clients who present complex, challenging and multi-faceted difficulties often require intense personalized input beyond that offered in formal therapy sessions. At Bower Place this layer of services are provided by specialist mentors, whose active, community based work complements and informs that done by.... Read More