Bower Place is a Psychology, Psychiatry, Family Therapy, Counselling and Research centre for the development of expertise and knowledge in relation to the management and treatment of child, adolescent, adult and family matters. We are primarily a teaching clinic where students work directly in the Bower Place Complex Needs Clinic, a service for complex, co-morbid, child, adolescent and adult mental health, disability and child protection matters. Bower Place works therapeutically with clients who have grown up with the care system, many whom are disadvantaged, cognitively challenged, or present with significant cultural, language or religious differentials. In recent years the Complex Needs Clinic has experienced an increase in referrals of refugees and others of diverse language, ethnic and religious backgrounds. We now work in English, Farsi, Dari, Arabic, Dinka and Russian, and soon in Mandarin.
Since 1986 we have developed the Bower Place Method which draws together theory and practice from a range of sources and incorporates our own original thinking. The Method provides a mutli-theoretcial model for working with system and problem complexity informed by family therapy theory, theories of development and change, neurobiology and an understanding of inequality. It incorporates the Bower Place Model (Robinson & Sanders, 2017, in pres), a comprehensive contemporaneous note system and protocols that translate the Model into practice. More specifically, the Method provides specialised service delivery and clinical practice protocols and processes, developed to address matters where there are co-occurring problems in the context of service delivery systems, including junior and secondary schools (Public, Independent and Catholic), regulatory and funding bodies. While our focus is on family as the context where many difficulties are generated in the past and maintained in the present, we also look to understand and incorporate the wider system and the endemic inequalities due to gender, race, advantage and ability which shape people’s lives and underpin difficulties with which they present.
Within the Complex Needs Clinic students work alongside our Senior Practitioners at a level of independence commensurate with their skill. Our programmes span vocational education to post graduate courses, including a two year family therapy course accredited with the Australian Association of Family Therapy. We offer training at Bower Place and at the request of agencies with both ourselves and guests as presenters.
Fees & Opening Hours
Friday 10am- 5pm
Complex Needs Clinic 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, however, some services do attract a fee of $60 per session which is payable on the day of service.
Payment may be made by cash, cheque, EFTPOS, Medicare. EFTPOS facilities mean that you do not have to pay with cash. All accounts are to be settled on the day unless prior arrangement has been made.
Mental Health Care Plan
A Mental Health Care Plan must be presented at the initial appointment to ensure administration staff is provided with the correct information and documentation to process these claims. A current Medicare card must also be presented. A Mental Health Care Plan allows Bower Place to bulk bill 10 sessions per year.
Individual costs will vary depending on support plans & whether clients are self-managed or plan managed.
Clients who are not covered by either of the above are able to access services within the Complex Needs Clinic at a low fee rate of $60 per session.
Cancellations with less than 24hrs business day notice will attract a charge of $60.