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Our approach to training

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The Bouverie Centre regularly runs short courses on a range of practical topics with the aim of assisting helping professionals to engage more skilfully with clients and their families.

All of our training is informed by a set of core principles. They are:

1. Maintaining respectful, collaborative relationships with everyone; trainees and families alike

  • We regard everybody, including the clients, as experts in their own lives.
  • We believe that family members and professionals mostly intend to do the best they can to foster the wellbeing of their family/client.
  • We want clients and trainees to actively direct their therapy or learning experience.

2. Learning by doing and teaching in a way that reflects theories and practices taught

  • Our training sessions often feature descriptions and demonstrations of key skills, several opportunities to practice skills and receive feedback, and many other interactive exercises.

3. Assuming that trainees (and families) come to us with existing skills and strengths gained from previous educational, work and personal experiences

  • One of our aims is to identify and enhance these to facilitate independent problem solving.

4. Creating a safe environment for trainees to be able to locate ideas and practices historically and culturally, and to critique them in robust ways

Comments from past workshop participants

Family Sensitive Practice: Maximizing Positive Outcomes Following Acquired Brain Injury

Enjoyed the day, I love both of your styles of delivery and engagement with the group. Thank you for sharing your stories and being open and honest.

It was great; great presenters, very experienced. A great group of participants. Great networking and opportunities to learn about services.

Compassion Fatigue: The Cost Of Caring

Great to spend a PD day with staff from others sectors and organisations.

Thank you for the valuable training. It actually fell at the exact time that I needed it! I am looking forward to going to work tomorrow and sharing all the great tips and info with my colleagues.

Single Session Work (SSW): Making the Most of Every Encounter

Thank you, excellent 2-day training. An approach in a timely manner that is more focused on outcomes and evaluating.

Day's pace was very good and good balance of theory and practice.

Engaging facilitators. Enjoyed the interaction and feedback was encouraging throughout the day.

It has been valuable and would suggest to our manager for all clinicians to attend the workshop.

Thank you - enjoyed the training overall, learnt many new skills.

Working With Adolescents in a Family Context

Really useful experience training with a good balance of theory & practical strategies to use.

Thank you! It can be applied across a range of fields. It was very approachable. Like building blocks. The readings are also great for later, I look forward to reading them!

This training has been very beneficial to assist me in my role with young people & their families. I now feel more confident to involve the families and also engage parents who present with reluctance.

Narrative Therapy Approaches to Trauma

Thank you. It has been great. It was a really good presentation. Made narrative simple and clear for me and able to apply in my work.

Really enjoyable and I learnt much more than I expected. Really great informal presentation style.


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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