Date(s) - 08/05/2021
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Training Room, William Street Family Therapy Centre

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AnchorShould We Bring the Children?

Presented by: Catherine Sanders
Director Bower Place, Clinical Psychologist & Clinical Member& Supervisor of The Australian Association of Family Therapy

When we think of family we often think of children, yet many practitioners are reluctant to include the youngest members in sessions. While appreciating the proven effectiveness of family therapy for childhood difficulties constraints include a lack of knowledge of how to engage and work with young people, issues of confidentiality and protectiveness and uncertainty about capacity to manage the chaos which can ensue. This workshop will address both theory and practice of working with children in their families using the lens of Bower(method) the model of practice developed at Bower Place, to explore difficulties of children and their families and shape intervention. DVD material, case examples and practical activities will be used to present theory and practical skills required to work effectively with families with children. Joining, questioning and intervention will be explored in a way that is enjoyable and effective for both clients and therapist.

Date: Saturday 8th May 2021
9am registration and networking for 9.30am-4.30pm workshop (Perth AWST)
6 hours PD credit (+ 45 minute lunch + 15 minute afternoon tea)
Lunch and refreshments provided during registration and afternoon tea
Venue: Held at William Street Family Therapy Centre (544 William Street, Mount Lawley)
There is street parking and parking at Hyde Park
Cost: Non AAFT Members $230 ~ AAFT Members $190 ~ Family Therapy Trainees $150 ~ Tertiary Students $110

For more information please contact:
Anne Holloway (0407 991 495;;
Kathryn Yew (0413 731 387; or
Catherine Sanders (

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Catherine Sanders

In 1982 Catherine accepted her first formal role in family therapy in Australia as coordinator of Network News in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy. This involved working with representatives around Australia to produce material on specific themes to represent Australian family therapy. Currently she is the Convenor of the State, Territory and Regional Branches of the Australian Association of Family Therapy and member of the executive of the association, and she has come full circle.

In between, Catherine has held roles in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy including Associate-Editor, Convenor Education Update, Board Member and President.  She was president of the Family Therapy Association of South Australian

With the formation of the Australian Association of Family Therapy she became a member of the executive and board and subcommittee convenor.

In 2011 she was awarded the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy Special Award for Distinguished Contributions to Family Therapy.

Catherine is a clinical psychologist and member of the Board of Clinical Psychologists, and AAFT registered clinical family therapist and family therapy supervisor.

She is co-director of Bower Place, a family therapy and psychology practice specializing in training and generation of knowledge in working with complex multi-system difficulties. She has published and presented throughout Australia and overseas.

While experienced in working with clients and families at each age and life stage she has an enduring passion for working with children in their families.