The Bouverie Centre was initially funded by the Office of Gaming and Racing, Department of Justice, in late 2009, and later by Victorian Responsible Gaming Foundation (VRGF), to assist Gambler’s Help (GH) services to:
On the basis that front-line workers would be most likely to forge meaningful connections with each other if the relationship was built on a shared passion; and that this busy cohort would likely only take time away from direct service delivery if there was a sound clinical rationale for doing so, this particular Beacon project has sought to bring workers from GH, MH and AOD services together for the purposes of learning and sharing their experiences of implementing a new practice approach – one with mass appeal. Since the project commenced, many professionals from these diverse sectors have participated in joint professional development activities offered by The Bouverie Centre, including training in Single Session Family Consultations (an approach which seeks to promote better outcomes for both primary clients and others significantly connected to these individuals), booster workshops such as Managing Conflict in a Family Session, and monthly Practice Enquiry Groups (in which representatives discuss the clinical application and implementation of SSFC based on their own and other colleagues’ experiences). In addition to assisting clinicians to improve their practice and to develop a common practice language, these events have provided a structure for professionals from different sectors to meet one another and understand more about the work each sector undertakes.
In service of the funding agreement with VRGF, The Bouverie Centre also hosts and facilitates a regular forum for Portfolio Service Workers to meet and discuss their experiences in integrating problem gambling services within the broader system of care for problem gamblers and their families.
The Bouverie Centre is now taking applications for its 2018 coursework programs - the Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy and Master of Clinical Family Therapy (yrs 2 & 3 entry).find out more