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 in his world were frightened to oppose him and his school suspended him. He came to the Bower Place Complex Needs Clinic with stories of class rooms destroyed, foster families defeated and hours of screaming which turned into sleepless nights. He had been diagnosed with ASD and a mild intellectual disability. He struggled to learn and had no friends, a child we clearly recognise as on a trajectory to major mental health difficulties in adolescence and adulthood. He was also characteristic of an increasing number of young people presenting to the clinic.

These children present with a range of challenges, both inside, neurobiologically and outside in terms of the relationships they have experienced early in life and continue to experience. A recursive loop can be mapped whereby neglect and abuse distort attachment, and capacity for executive functioning and emotion regulation which themselves further compromise the capacity to form relationships that constrain and teach self-regulation.

Having worked with many children whose capacity to self-regulate is severely compromised; resulting in extreme and dangerous behaviour, a body of expertise has developed at Bower Place. We have established an understanding of the origins of such behaviour and skills to map the pattern which produces extreme dysregulation. Underpinned by the Bower Place Method, primacy is given to the political dimension where questions of authority and responsibility are defined and enacted. Our experience has demonstrated that the alignments of these are crucial to successful outcomes. Drawing together our expertise and knowledge Bower Place offers specialist services to children, families, carers and workers who seek to improve the lives of these children.

The constant expansion of Bower Place; Clinical, Knowledge and Training continues to seek expert consultants from across the world to contribute to our practices, and our work in contextual and self-regulation of emotions is an example of a recursive pattern between our clinical practice and research centre where ongoing knowledge will be gathered and documented.

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