Director’s Notes – May 2019

Bower Knowledge

Why study systemic therapy?

It’s a long road to complete a social work or psychology qualification; 4,6 years minimum of hard work and a restricted life. So why would you commit to further study, such as a Graduate Diploma in Family Therapy & Systemic Practice, with its particular focus on work with the whole context in which the client lives? 

I was curious to ask this question of those who are currently studying at Bower Place. This is what they told me;
  • When I graduated (from university), I knew a lot about theory and ideas but knew I was lacking in skills. This training gives me practical skills and confidence to work with clients
  • For me, the incorporation of the wider system, political, social and cultural has been important. This approach allows for the integration of ideas about inequality and justice and the idea that the person attending brings with them their own answers to their problems.
  • A contextual approach speaks to the idea that change is naturally occurring and that it is important to focus on what stands in the way of this happening, the constraints to change. It’s much easier to identify and work with what must be removed from the system rather than adding more to an already overburdened world.
  • I liked the simple idea; You can’t fix the inside until you fix the outside
  • It challenges the excessive belief in our field that the only one who can make a change is the individual which places all responsibility with them.
  • It’s just knowing it’s right, it’s a feeling which underpins our experience that working with the individual is just not enough
A recurrent theme was that engaging with systemic theory and practice ‘just seemed right’. Perhaps some brains are designed for contextual practice.


Upcoming Workshop – Emotional Dysregulation

“A neuro-political approach to therap[y 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.

21st June 2019 – 9:30am to 5pm

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

Bookings: or (08) 8221 6066

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
  • 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