Train­ing in mind

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prac­ti­tion­ers in the Bower Place Com­plex Needs Clinic that pro­vides ser­vices ex­clu­sively with ‘‘highly com­plex, co-mor­bid in­di­vid­u­als’’, couples and fam­i­lies deal­ing with se­ri­ous men­tal health, re­la­tion­ship, sub­stance and so­cial is­sues.

‘‘The way we train peo­ple is unique as it takes place in our clinic,’’ Mr Robin­son says. ‘‘It’s real, hands-on train­ing. ‘‘We do not teach stu­dents out­side of the clinic.’’

He says Bower Place stu­dents have gone on to work at the Women’s and Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal and with peo­ple with brain in­juries and autism.

Bower Place also pro­vides pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment for more than 1000 prac­ti­tion­ers a year for or­gan­i­sa­tions such as Cen­tacare and Life With­out Bar­ri­ers and spe­cial­ist train­ing in other Aus­tralian cities.

Pic­ture: Bren­ton Ed­wards

Bower Place di­rec­tor and so­cial worker Mal­colm Robin­son.

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