Formal qualifications include a PhD in Counselling including Clinical Supervision, Health and Minority Sociology (UNE); a MEd Counselling with adjunct advanced training in NLP and Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, and incorporating a double Masters in all but one course from a Master of Human Ecology focused in couple and family therapy (Acadia/MSVU), a Bachelor of Arts with Distinction in Spirituality and Philosophy (MSVU). Dr Bowers also holds a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education focused in program management, curriculum development, and evaluation (UNE), and Certification in Neuro-Linguistic Psychotherapy (CPNLP).
Joseph is an Honourary of the Australian Counselling Association, founder of Australia’s first online open access international Counselling research journal (www.acrjournal.com.au, formerly Counselling, Psychotherapy and Health Journal), and Dr Bowers is among the founding members of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia. Dr Bowers was in past tasked with writing standards for counselling practice and training in Australia, has contributed to the development of ethical frameworks, and has maintained a voice in advancing standards of treatment for GLBTI2S and Aboriginal communities. His doctoral research advanced the training and practice for counselling with minority populations along with knowledge of the mechanisms of prejudice and homophobia within therapy and in social relationships.
Dr Bowers is a long time Associate Scholar with the Centre for World Indigenous Studies (USA), an Invited Special Collection Scholar with the Mi’kmaq Resource Centre Cape Breton University (Canada), and the Tepi’ketuek Mi’kmaw Archives (Canada). He also has membership with Spiritual Directors International.
In Counselling Psychotherapy Dr Bowers expertise includes working with trauma, traumatic memories, loss and grief, phobias, intense emotional reactions, stress and anxiety, pain management, asthma, and other chronic conditions that can be assisted with psychotherapy including with Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and Neuro-Linguistic Psychotherapy.
As an Educational Specialist Dr Bowers has trained Counselling Psychotherapists for over twenty years in the higher education sector and workplace training environments. As a Senior Clinical Supervisor Dr Bowers supports individual practitioners and groups of therapists in both peer and direct supervision models.
As a Senior Behaviour Support Specialist in (Dis)Ability and Mental Health Dr Bowers supports people in everyday concerns and with complex issues.
- Assessment and Support Planning
- Behaviour Support Plans
- Incident Prevention and Response Plans
- Case Review and Quality Assessment
- Review for Maintaining Support Systems
- Capacity Building and Skills Development
As a Specialist in Human Development, Relationships, Couples, and Family, Sexuality and Gender, Dr Bowers has
- Worked with all types of couples and families across a wide range of issues across the spectrum of early, middle, and late relationship concerns
- Worked in therapeutic and mediation roles as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist, including with couples in relationship repair as well as in transition to separation or divorce
- Assisted individuals and couples addressing issues in sex, sexuality, and intimacy
- Helped men in dealing with emotional intelligence issues and gaining communication and empathic skills, and in dealing with anger, aggression, and stress management
- Worked with women in recovery from domestic, family, and relationship violence and abuse with emphasis on trauma recovery, healing, and empowerment
- Counselling support for dealing with sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS, and within the context of relationships,
- Supported GLBTI2S people in building positive identity, resilience, and empowerment including with sexuality and gender identity,
- Supported GLBTI couples, relationships, and families, and
- Assisted in counselling support among people who identify with transgender and transsexual experiences
As a Trauma Specialist, Dr Bowers has
- Helped in recovery among war veterans,
- Assisted women recovering from family violence and relationship abuse and trauma,
- Supported GLBTI2S people in dealing with homophobia, family rejection, church and community rejection and abuse, and related social pressures,
- Worked with individuals with disabilities and mental health issues, their families and carers, in developing safe spaces and recovery oriented approaches
- Developed methods for trauma informed and creative arts therapies with people with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism
- Engaged with individuals recovering from systemic/organisational and church based abuse and trauma associated with childhood sexual abuse and/or gender based discrimination
As a Lecturer and Scholar, since the 1990s, Dr Bowers has served in Senior Lecturer leadership roles with the University of New England, Charles Sturt University, University of the Sunshine Coast, all in Australia, and Assistant Professor leadership roles with Cape Breton University in Canada.
From 2008 to 2018, Dr Bowers assisted as an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities in Indigenous Studies at the University of New England in Australia. Dr Bowers has published over two hundred articles, academic papers, and several books including The Practice of Counselling, a premier textbook in Australia. Please see our books page for links to purchase books by Dr Bowers.
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