Dr Kate Owen

Dr Kate Owen


Family Therapy | Systemic Practice | Supervision | Teenagers



Knowledgeable and Passionate

Dr. Kate Owen is a Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Family Therapist with nearly 20 years experience working in mental health.  She is the co-founder of the The Queensland Institute of Family Therapy (QIFT). Kate first started working in Child and Youth Mental Health on the Gold Coast which led to her interest in working with families.  This interest has since turned into her passion, and she loves having the opportunity to work with anyone who values "relationships".  Whether it's individuals, couples or families, her therapy approach focuses on the stress or strength in a relationship.  She is often helping people work through past relationship issues that continue to affect them in the present. Her other area of passion is supporting professionals to deliver high quality and evidence based practice.  This is often through supervision and mentoring, with individuals and mental health teams, and through delivering professional development workshops around Australia.  Just as clients need support, so do the professionals that are dedicating their careers to helping others. For professionals interested in Family Therapy training options, her flagship course Key Skills in Family Therapy is highly recommended. In 2020 she authored the best selling Keep Calm cards.


These topics can be delivered as a keynote or workshop. Dr Owen also has a range of online trainings


Systemic Approaches to Working with Individuals, Couples and Families

This two-day workshop is aimed at practitioners who work with children, young people, adults, couples, families, and/or organisations supporting clients with mental health issues. This workshop aims to introduce participants to core Family Therapy concepts and broaden practitioners understanding of how to view “the client’s problem”, as well as provide practical skills and interventions for use with the client groups with which they work, built on theoretical constructs from systemic, structural, solution focused and narrative family therapy models to teach core thinking and interviewing skills in family therapy. It makes complex theory easy to grasp and the related techniques easy to implement.

The workshop is interactive, dynamic, experiential, and self-reflective in nature. The presenters use a variety of teaching tools and modalities to enhance the learning experience, make complex theory easy to grasp and the related techniques easy to implement. The presenters offer wise and compassionate guidance on everything from intake and assessment to treatment planning, the nuts and bolts of specific interventions, the nuances of establishing therapeutic relationships, and how to troubleshoot when treatment gets “stuck".

Linking theory to practice features strongly throughout each component of the workshop, as does developing practical skills to take away from the workshop. The workshop has been delivered to government and non-government agencies across Australia with consistently high reviews. This is essential training for any practitioner working with children and families ranging from Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, Clinical Counsellors, Family Therapists, Counsellors, Child Protection and Disability Workers, Guidance Officers, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Residential Care Workers and Foster Support Workers. On completion of this workshop you will have a family-focused lens in therapy and feel more confident in conducting family therapy sessions or incorporating family therapy techniques into your current practice.


A Neurobiological Approach to Trauma Stabilisation and Family Therapy

Families affected by traumatic events can often break down as each family member struggles in their own way to come to terms with what has happened. Understanding distress reactions and their effect on family dynamics can help the family to cope better. If family members don’t understand each other’s experience, then misunderstandings, communication breakdowns and other problems can result. This is often because unresolved traumatic symptoms fuel behavioural and emotional problems and family conflict, and/ or the family interactions can maintain or exacerbate the pain of traumatic memories.

Weaving a range of unique interventions adapted from a number of cutting-edge therapeutic approaches, including sensorimotor psychotherapy, family systems, mindfulness-based therapies, and EFT. This workshop provides a practical approach to trauma treatment in family systems, communicated in straightforward language accessible to both clients and practitioners. Participants will leave with a solid grasp of therapeutic approaches to trauma stabilisation, working with dissociative symptoms, integrating brain-based treatment methods, and much more. Most of all, they will come away with tools for helping clients create an internal sense of safety and compassion.




Tools for Surviving and Thriving in the Workplace


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Strengthening Interagency Collaboration


coming soon





Keep Calm cards

Keep Calm Cards

Carefully Selected Strategies to Help with Stress and Anxiety for All Ages.

Do you work with people who expericence anxiety, worry or stress?

Are you looking for easily accessible strategies that you can teach in session, and clients can use in their everyday life?

Designed for ease of use, the cards are colour coded for a quick reference for choosing strategies that soothe the body, and strategies that ease the mind.

For those outside of the counselling field, these cards help you take control of anxiety and stress by guiding you through easy step-by-step instructions.


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