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The Bouverie Centre has an excellent reputation and a strong history as a training institute. The centre has been offering two-year training courses for professionals in the area of family therapy since the late 1970’s. In fact, in 1989, The Bouverie Centre (then known as Bouverie Family Therapy Centre) was the first organisation in the Southern Hemisphere to offer a university qualification in the area of family therapy – offered in conjunction with the school of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, La Trobe University.

Our Academic Program continues to offer training in family therapy at a postgraduate level for people who are already practising as professionals in the health and welfare field - for example, social workers, psychologists, and youth workers. Helping professionals have the option of enrolling in our nested Master of Clinical Family Therapy course. The structure of this course allows participants who successfully complete the requisite units to exit at any year level with a qualification in Family Therapy, i.e. Graduate Certificate after first year, Graduate Diploma after second and Master’s after the third.

Our courses also include a Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Workers; a Master of Applied Science (research); a Doctorate in Clinical Sciences (family therapy); and a PhD (family therapy).

Our courses are structured to be flexible in nature and sensitive to full time workers. In addition to supporting theory and knowledge acquisition, and providing opportunities for case discussion and observation of experienced therapists at work, our postgraduate coursework programs provide students with a rich clinical experience - one which is highly beneficial for workplaces as well as for the individual participants themselves.

Our courses have grown out of, and continue to be enriched by, the work of many experienced and talented therapists and theoreticians who work/have worked at the centre. As part of our unique integrated model, our tradition is to involve all staff in our teaching programs in one form or another. Staff bring with them varied learning from clinical, consultative, research and training activities.

Robyn Elliott currently manages the Academic Program, as well as coordinating the Master of Clinical Family Therapy and the Graduate Diploma of Family Therapy courses. Colleen Cousins is the coordinator for the Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy, and Banu Moloney manages this course for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Workers. Click here for more about our higher degree research program staff. The whole academic unit is ably supported by Susan Conduit, student services officer.


Vikki Reynolds presents Justice-Doing, Collective Ethics and The “Zone of Fabulousness”

The Bouverie Centre is delighted to be hosting an interactive workshop by Vikki Reynolds on how we can be of use in community work that happens in contexts of social injustices.

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Family Violence and Mental Health Services

The Bouverie Centre presented a webinar describing the centre’s work exploring the intersection between Family Violence and Mental Health.

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