The Bouverie Centre: Victoria’s Family Institute combines clinical family therapy, academic teaching, qualitative and quantitative research, workforce development and community education in one integrated service. Our work focuses on the fundamental role of the family and alternative social networks in the healing process and the power of relationships to foster social, emotional and mental wellbeing. Bouverie’s close relationship with clinicians, managers and bureaucrats in the human services enables us to translate socially responsible innovations into reality.
Accompany The Bouverie Centre's Director, Jeff Young, on a virtual tour of Victoria's Family Institute. Learn about the building, the history of the organisation, what we do and meet some of our staff along the way.find out more
Planning a visit? Find directions to our Centre and information about special needs access. Or perhaps you’re interested in finding a suitable venue to host your next event. The Bouverie Centre has a number of meeting and conference rooms available for hire.find out more
The Bouverie Centre is well placed to have a significant impact on the world. We are small enough to respond flexibly to important social issues of the day and big enough, especially in partnership, to address these issues at a service-wide level.
~ Jeff Young (Director)
The Bouverie Centre developed from a child psychiatric clinic to the first family therapy centre in Australia in the mid 1970’s. This major shift from individual work with children to a family focused approach to helping children and adults with difficulties was inspired by Dr Geoff Goding, the Superintendent at the time.find out more
Our mission is to improve the lives of individuals and families through relationship focused services. Read more about what inspires the work we do and how we do it.find out more
Whilst The Bouverie Centre has a traditional organisational structure with a Director and each major program led by managers that make up our Executive leadership team, our organisational culture ensures that each program informs and is informed by all other programs.find out more
We service a broad range of people and engage in a number of diverse activities. Over time, six different programs and several specialist teams have been formed to help us manage this complexity and better attune to our stakeholders’ needs.find out more
We work from a non-blaming contextual-systemic understanding to promote constructive change for individuals, families, organisations and communities.
~ Jeff Young (Director)
The folk at Bouverie are a friendly and professional group, with skills, interests and passions that reflect the diversity of the people we work with, the activities we undertake and the contexts in which operate.find out more
Help us in our continued efforts to improve the lives of Australian families and communities and the services that provide support to them and their individual members.find out more
If you are interested in working with us, check out our current career opportunities on the jobs page.find out more
Quiet achiever Dr Brendan O’Hanlon, The Bouverie Centre’s mental health program manager, was formally recognised for his hard work and dedication to improving family inclusive practice in mental health services at the 2015 TheMHS Awards. Brendan andfind out more
Pro Bono News - NEWS March 28, 2013. The Victorian Coalition Government has awarded $10 million to five innovative research projects that will deliver better outcomes for Victorians affected by mental illness. The Bouverie Centre, in collaboration with Monash University (lead agency),find out more