Information & Services for Teachers, Leadership & Students

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

“It’s in the dead of night when it gets me… what if?”. These are the words of a client who, like all of us, is facing the fear of the invisible enemy, COVID-19. It’s the ‘what ifs?” that are so distressing. What if my elderly parents get sick? what if I lose my job? ‘What if my business fails?’ What if the schools close and my children are at home alone? What if I can’t pay my rent? What if? what if, what if? This level of distress indicates the need for expert help.

The declaration of a global pandemic reasonably increases everyone’s stress and anxiety, yet it is crucial that we mange ourselves and our key relationships at home and work. Being frightened increases the risk of family conflict and domestic violence as fear and a loss of control translates into anger. At work staff may become immobilised and unproductive at a time where we need to be increasingly dextrous, creative and supportive of each other. This is particularly true of those working in the human services including education whose community look to for clear, unequivocal guidance, support and advice. As the demand from students  their parents and families increases; teachers and schools may find themselves doubly overwhelmed and unable to adequately respond to them and others.

Now is the time to help each other with kindness, calm, consistency and clarity. It is also a time for both clients and their service providers to be supported by skilled practitioners. Professionals in both the public and private sectors have expertise in their chosen field of education but are constrained to respond to the emotional demands of their school community. 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. It must also be done in a way the protects the health and wellbeing of all parties.

Bower Place has a 33-year history of providing expert professional help to child, 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. We are also skilled to provide support and guidance to those who work with their own client base, including the education system.

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 and community groups while remaining effective and functional.

 

Online Personal & Professional Development for:

Teachers

  • How do I manage anxiety in the classroom?

Supporting anxious kids whilst managing your own worry.

  • How do I manage anxious parents?

Addressing parental distress that impact on children

Leadership

  • How do I manage anxious teams?

Supporting staff wellbeing whilst managing change and uncertainty.

Parents

  • How do I talk to my children about COVID-19?

Supporting children and adolescents, their parents and the family to manage their worry.

 

Bower Place also provides online training for individuals and organisations wanting to maintain their professional development and supervision for professionals working across all sectors.

 

Counselling Support:

Bower Place provides confidential expert 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. Delivery of services using secure on-line technology protects the health and wellbeing of all parties.

 

Student Wellbeing:

Bower Place also offers counselling support and online consultations for students experiencing a range of external stressors and/or anxiety both personally and around the COVID-19 Pandemic, including those students impacted by school closures.

 

For bookings or further information please contact Bower Place

(08) 8221 6066 or info@bowerplace.com.au