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Moving beyond 'self' and 'the other' to discover what works.

Roy A Bowden

In the Pacific environment it seems important to move therapy from a fundamental reliance on psychodynamic insights to views that take wider perspectives into account. This presentation highlights questions I ask myself while practising in an environment where change is constant. My approach as a non-Maori practitioner underwent significant change when I began listening to Tangata Whenua in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Clients from many cultures have an expectation that counsellors and therapists will be able to understand that which is unspoken and unseen as well as that which is based on evidence and outcomes.

PACFA Biennial Conference 2012
Effectiveness, What works?
Recorded: 27-28 October 2012, Melbourne, Vic, Australia
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Roy A Bowden

Roy A.  Bowden is a former president of the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists and a board member on the World Council for Psychotherapy. He has been a keynote speaker at World Council conferences focusing on the way psychotherapy meets the needs of people in different cultures and the relevance of modality based psychotherapies in ever changing global environments. His book, A Psychotherapist Sings in Aotearoa, challenges traditional psychodynamic views in New Zealand. His published works call for psychotherapy theory and practice to be built from within cultural settings. Roy has been a Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Social Policy at Massey University, the Head of School for Counselling degree programmes at the Wellington Institute of Technology, a national trainer for couple therapists in Relationship Services, a former clergyman and a trained social auditor. Since establishing the first university based Certificate in Social Work Supervision Roy has maintained an interest in mentoring health professionals in a variety of practice settings. Roy is currently on the professional practice ethics committee for the New Zealand Psychotherapy Association, in private practice as a couples counsellor, a consultant to social agencies and a trainer for practitioners in health and welfare organisations.

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