Director’s Notes

The Times They are A-Changing

Society and the families it encompass is a dynamic, ever changing system and we are all aware that ‘things are not like they were when I was young’. Exploring the nature of these changes raises questions about the issues with which our clients present and.... Read More

Villains and Victims, Parents and Children

Confronted with a terrorized child or a parent forced to leave their home for fear of the injury they may sustain at the hands of their offspring, it is tempting to label one party as ‘bad’ and the other as ’good’. These dichotomies make life.... Read More

Rights, Authority and Responsibility; How Do we Find the Balance?

The effective balance between the rights of a child and the authority of a care giver is a challenge for all who care for children. When difficulties in the relationship appear it is easy to overemphasize  either the child’s rights, without reference to the adult,.... Read More


As I write the weekly Director’s Notes I wonder how they are received. Do they entertain, annoy, stimulate or merely end up in junk. Given this I was delighted to receive feedback in response to my last posting, one sending me a paper the reader.... Read More

Family Therapy… What do you mean?

Interviewing prospective students for the Bower Place Graduate Diploma in Family Therapy and Systemic Practice, I am once again struck by the inadequacy of the term Family Therapy to effectively describe what we do and what we teach. Writing in the Journal of Marriage and.... Read More