The Bouverie Centre’s Clinical Program has been operating since the 1950s, providing a high standard of innovative, collaborative, family inclusive therapy to all kinds of families across the state of Victoria. Each year, we offer free face-to-face counselling services to families affected by mental health issues, alcohol and other drugs related problems, acquired brain injury (ABI) and/or complex and traumatic circumstances, with no limit on the number of sessions delivered. Learn more about family appointments at The Bouverie Centre.
Four specialist teams currently operate within our family therapy service. They are dedicated to providing a direct clinical service to families experiencing particular challenges and to capturing and exchanging best practice knowledge with other services working with these families.
The Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Team is our longest standing specialist team. Read more about the team and their activities.
Bouverie’s FaPMI Team was formed in 2011. This passionate group of clinicians is committed to supporting families where a parent has a mental illness (FaPMI) and to developing and documenting effective whole of family approaches which attend to the unique needs of parents and dependent children in this context.
Our Trauma Team, established in 2012, is dedicated to maintaining and further developing systemic family-oriented approaches to families affected by complex trauma, including intra-familial sexual abuse, the aftermath of domestic violence, and child abuse and/or neglect, as well as single incident trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
“Workin’ with the Mob” was launched at The Bouverie Centre in 2013. This specialist family therapy team, comprising both Aboriginal and non-Indigenous members, was assembled to work with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander families and runs in conjunction with Bouverie’s Indigenous Program. "Workin’ with the Mob" is dependent on relationships with Aboriginal organisations to work closely with Indigenous family workers, case managers and support workers.
Apart from offering family inclusive therapy, our Clinical Program runs a consultation service for helping professionals to support them in their ongoing work with families and other carers. We also seek to respond to the needs of children and young people outside of the therapy room by hosting a Taekwondo program (run by Bernie Victor from the Melbourne Taekwondo Centre).
Furthermore, Bouverie’s Clinical Program is actively involved in assisting future family therapists to acquire the experience and clinical skills they need to work independently through our Master’s Family Therapy Course Clinic. Postgraduate student-therapists see families during the school term; receiving live supervision from experienced members of the program during each session.
Our family therapy services are funded by the Department of Health and Human Services (Victoria), Mental Health, Drugs and Regions Division and the Department of Human Services, Disability Services.
The Bouverie Centre presented a webinar describing the centre’s work exploring the intersection between Family Violence and Mental Health.find out more