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September 2020

The Bouverie Centre’s New Look, Same Warmth


We are excited to unveil our new visual identity. This new design comes with much thought and consideration. It includes a respectful acknowledgement of our history as well as a signal to our exciting future.

The process of updating our logo began with our re-alignment with La Trobe University and our emergence as an integrated practice-research centre. In launching this logo we would like to acknowledge the countless benefits of our relationship with La Trobe University, the ongoing support of our core funders, The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and the essential collaboration of our extensive network of partners who contribute to helping us enact our vision of enabling Healthy relationships in families, organisations and communities.

Click on the video above to hear our Director, Prof. Jeff Young, talk about this process and the significance of our new visual identity.

Our new logo and look are inspired by our core visual identity, the rainbow, and the spirit it symbolises – love, hope and transformation. The contemporary update incorporates a lightness which conveys a friendly strength and the increased use of space reflects a leaner focus on Bouverie and our openness to new ideas and the contribution of others. The invigorating colours retain the rainbow’s original purpose of being child and family friendly. The different and continuous lines reflect our values of embracing diversity, connectedness and continual development. In the following months, we will also launch our new website.

We remain committed to providing you with the same quality services, respect, and dedication which Bouverie has delivered since 1956. We will continue to acknowledge Australia’s First People whose knowledge and wisdom inform our practice. It is an era of potential renewal and one we are proud to share with you.

Bouverie’s Annual Mental Health Mini Conference – A Phoenix Rising? Systemic Radical Transformation

Questions about what a transformed system could look like for consumers, families/supporters and services are arising as the Royal Commission into Victoria’s ‘broken’ mental health system concludes.

This year our annual Mental Health Mini Conference will take the form of a free webinar, A Phoenix Rising? Systemic Radical Transformation on Tues, 6 October 2020. We boldly explore global and local examples of paradigm shifting models and approaches, and the roles consumers, family/supporters and practitioners have in making paradigm change happen. Our keynote speakers, Dr Lucy Johnstone (UK) and Prof Niels Buus (Australia), will lead us in this dynamic conversation. We will also hear from more voices using an engaging trialogue space.

Download our flyer for more information and how to register for this free webinar. Registrations close on 3 October.

The Bouverie Centre – Advance your career as a family therapist

The Bouverie Centre, La Trobe University offers a range of postgraduate family therapy programs where students have the opportunity to gain hands on experience in family therapy through a combination of experiential learning and supervised practice.

NOW AVAILABLE 100% ONLINE (with some components also offered in person in Melbourne when government health requirements allow)


The programs offered include the Graduate Certificate in Family TherapyGraduate Certificate in Family Therapy for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Workers as well as the Master in Clinical Family Therapy.

We are now accepting applications from ALL Australian states and territories. To help you decide, we are also holding an online Postgraduate Information Evening on Mon, 5 October 2020 from 5.30 – 7.00pm via Zoom where you can find out more about the 2021 intake for these programs. You will also be able to meet with and talk to some of our course coordinators and academic staff who deliver these programs. Register your place here.

Alternatively keep up to date with news of our postgraduate programs and events by joining our mailing group.

NOW AVAILABLE  100% ONLINE (live-streamed with some components also offered in person in Melbourne when government health requirements allow)

For more details please contact 03 8481 4823 or

July 2020

RANSW Team Leader Counselling

Job No: RANSW535
Location: Broadmeadow

About Relationships Australia NSW
Relationships Australia NSW is an independent, not-for-profit organisation, dedicated to enhancing relationships within families and their communities in order to foster personal and social well-being. We are committed to building our support for families who are in greatest need, facing complex issues and have limited access to resources and services. Further information about our organisation can be found on our website

About the Opportunity
The position of Team Leader is part of the senior team in the region, a key advisor to the Centre Manager in their practice area, and holds significant autonomy and decision-making capacity. The primary function of the role is to provide supervision and leadership in the program area, as well as providing direct service where required. The role is situated between the manager and front line clinical and administrative staff.

The role requires well-developed practice and clinical supervisory skills, as well as flexibility, initiative, coordination, and organisational skills.

Team Leaders may have both Program and Center responsibilities managing the organisational interface with clients and external customers and ensuring the provision of quality services through support, supervision, and facilitating team functioning and performance.

This is a part-time position working 4 days per week, days of work will be discussed during the recruitment process.
The annual base salary range for this position is:
$88,691 to $90,909 (if this were a full-time role) which equates to
$70,953 to $72,727 for this 4 days per week role
(the hourly rate range is $45.48 to $46.62)

In addition to the base salary, there is the employer’s contribution (9.5%) to superannuation, annual leave loading (17.5%) and we offer salary packaging.
The actual salary will be dependent on experience, training and qualifications.

RANSW is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and recognises the importance of attracting the right people for the right job. Candidates are selected in accordance with pre-determined selection criteria.

RANSW is committed to creating opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, this is a core part of our Reconciliation Action Plan. Australia’s First Peoples are encouraged to apply for this role.

How To Apply?
For more information about the role and to apply, click on the link:

Beyond Trauma: Storied, Embodied, Affect, Power – PART ONE

Who is this training for?
Tertiary qualified professionals in health or social sciences including the fields of counselling, social work, psychology,
psychotherapy, psychiatry, chaplaincy, and occupational therapy. Other applicants with significant relevant work
experience and therapeutic aptitude will be considered.

About the training
The stories people tell themselves and others about traumatic events do affect how they live their present and future lives. While the actual events and their effects can be helpfully explored, a narrative approach also seeks to bring forth and richly describe people’s responses to traumas.

Often these responses have been, and still may be, of value to the person. Typically, these response stories are undeveloped or completely invisible. Keeping this in mind, we will consider how to:
• Identify and name resistance to traumatic events: thoughts, feelings or actions taken that reduced the negative effects at the time and/or later

  • Assist people to tell the unsaid stories: noticing details and asking helpful questions about them
  • Relate to traumatic incidents from a safe place outside the trauma story
  • Bring forth a valued sense of self in spite of the effects of trauma
  • Name the relational politics of traumatic experience

We will also think about how we might bring these constructive responses to trauma, the actual incident/s, and the effects of trauma, into a fuller storied life. This practical and interactive workshop will explore the importance of asking different kinds of questions while creating a felt-sense of compassion. Participants will be introduced to a variety of ways of working with people including some mindfulness and somatic awareness skills as complementary to narrative question-asking. Brief and extended stories from therapy will illustrate narrative approaches.

Click HERE for more information and registration



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