Director’s Notes – January 2019

Bower 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 deeply impacted by all three. Of particular importance is psychological inequality which refers to the client’s capacity to understand, process and remember the language of the practitioner. Where clients do not speak English and practitioner’s do not speak the language of the client the usual solution is to engage an interpreter who sits between the two. However, language is more than translatable words, it carries the nuances of culture and emotional life and translation often falls short at both ends.

A different solution has evolved at Bower Place, who have practitioners and clinical assistants who speak, Farsi, Mandarin, Arabic, Dinka, Russian, French and Serbian as their first languages. This group of practitioners work directly with clients in their preferred language, guided by the protocols of the Bower Place Method and in the company of an experienced practitioner. The use of image in the form of an ecogram, timeline and notes allows all those present to actively engage in the process.  

This process preserves the cultural nuances that reside in language and in doing so allow for a richer dialogue and better tailored advice while addressing one facet of the inevitable inequality in the therapeutic process.

Upcoming workshop – Emotional Dysregulation

“A neuro-political approach to therapy with emotionally & behaviourally dysregulated children, adolescents & families”

A one-day workshop, combining clinical expertise, knowledge and training within the Bower Place Complex Needs Clinic. An opportunity to explore research drawing on live clinical practice.

15th March 2019 – 9.30am to 5pm.

Cost $190 for full day training with Senior Practitioners in the field and Bower Place Directors Catherine Sanders and Malcolm Robinson

For bookings (08) 8221 6066 or (places are limited)

Bower Clinic

Appointments are available

  • Monday 10am-5pm
  • Tuesday 10am-7.30pm
  • Wednesday 10am-7.30pm
  • Thursday 10am-5pm
  • Friday 10am- 5pm

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.

We also work with clients covered by NDIS support plans.

Clients who are not covered by either a Mental Health Care Plan or the NDIS are able to access services within the Complex Needs Clinic at a low fee rate of $60 per 90 minute session.

Bower Training

Bower Place has a wide range of qualifications & other training opportunities available including:

  • Graduate Diploma in Family Therapy & Systematic Practice
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Clinical Placements
  • Diploma of Counselling (CHC5105)
  • Short Course Specialisation – Introduction to Family Therapy
  • Workshops – Bower Place senior practitioners & national & international guest presenters
  • Knowledge & Training Membership Portal – Bower Systemic

Opportunities to:

  • Work directly with clients in the Bower Place Complex Needs Clinic
  • Partner with senior practitioners in a dynamic learning environment
  • Explore diverse blended knowledge & training methodology
  • Undertake practical weekly or block intensive placement
  • Study online knowledge and theoretical assessments