Training in mind
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.
Bower Place director and social worker Malcolm Robinson.