directors’ notes

Browse through the collection of short notes and reflections originally written by the directors of Bower Place Complex Needs Clinic – Malcolm Robinson and Catherine Sanders

How Can we Explain the Inexplicable?

Director’s Notes – March 2019Bower Knowledge How Can we Explain the Inexplicable? If as adults we struggle to make sense of the horrors that have unfolded in Christchurch and Utrecht, how can we speak to our children? In an age where news is available graphically and...

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Work together for Families

Director’s Notes – March 2019Bower Knowledge Let's work together for families On Thursday 17th and Friday 18th October 2019 those of us who work with families will gather in Melbourne for the Pan Pacific Family Therapy Conference: People Across Culture, Time and Sea....

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Dysregulated Children

Director’s Notes – March 2019Bower Knowledge Dysregulated Children, Families and Workers Understanding dysregulated children from a systemic perspective requires an appreciation of the system in which they live and the part each person plays in perpetuating the...

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Dysregulated Families

Director’s Notes – March 2019 Bower Knowledge Dysregulated Families and the Magic of Rituals It is easy to be compelled by a dysregulated child’s presentation and become focussed on them as the source of both the difficulty and its resolution. However, the literature...

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Inequality & Language Diversity II

Director’s Notes – January 2019Bower Knowledge What can family therapy offer refugees? The United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees estimated that in 2015 over 65million people were forced from their homes as a result of armed conflict, persecution or disaster. Of...

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Inequality & Language Diversity

Director’s Notes – January 2019Bower Knowledge The management of inequality within the therapeutic process is central to the Bower Place Method. Inequality is understood to operate in three key domains, the political, the problem and the psychological. Refugees are...

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Working with ‘Complex’ Children

Director’s Notes – January 2019Bower Knowledge The assumption that human difficulties are within the person who shows the symptom means that service delivery systems are organised around this presumption. Clients are seen within designated services that are labelled...

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Emotional Dysregulation (part 3)

Director’s Notes – January 2019Bower Knowledge Dysregulated Children - the Escalating Cycle Parents, teachers and carers will tell you they can ‘see it coming’ and dread the signals from the dysregulated child which herald a ‘meltdown’. Yet those in the middle find it...

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Emotional Dysregulation (part 2)

Bower Knowledge How do we think about dysregulated children? Working with dysregulated children within the Bower Place Complex Needs Clinic, has provided us with the opportunity to develop both skill and expand knowledge in this domain. Our challenge has been to...

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Emotional Dysregulation

Director’s Notes – January 2019 Bower Knowledge A neuro-political approach to therapy with emotionally & behaviourally dysregulated children, adolescents & families. He was ten years old and small for his age but his feelings were big, so big that the adults...

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