Supporting young people with mental health issues is complex matter. Research suggests that early onset of mental health problems is associated with the risk of poor academic outcomes, including increased rates of school dropout, and poor physical health (Bradshaw, Buckley, & Ialongo, 2008; Satcher, 2000). Such outcomes may lead to long term mental health issues. Working with young people can be challenging and sometimes frustrating, as we seek to integrate the many different aspects of a child’s world into a more comprehensive understanding of the nature of the presenting difficulty. Issues with peers, family relationships and developmental changes can seem overwhelming for children and their families. Those seeking to give support are challenged to identify an effective starting point to begin in unravelling the dilemma.
The Bower Place Method is an innovative approach to guide the exploration and clinical proficiency of those working with clients presenting complex matters. Using a family therapy foundation, this approach to service delivery draws on a number of theoretical and philosophical views, integrating them into a practical template for understanding issues and developing therapeutic solutions while considering each client as a unique individual.
If you are working with young people and interested in finding out more about the Bower Place Method please register for the upcoming workshop. Over two days, participants will be taught the model supported by real life clinical sessions, case studies and DVD examples to bring theory to life. Opportunities will be provided to work on difficult matters and to observe and participate in the live application of the theory in practice by observing a senior practitioner working with a family. By the conclusion of the workshop, attendees will be able to reflect differently about their own clinical work with families and develop skills in applying the concepts in their work place.
This is a two day professional development workshop.
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Satcher, D. (2000). Mental health: A report of the Surgeon General. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 31, 5–13. doi:10.1037/0735-7028.31.1.5