The EFTA Conference will take place in ATHENS (Greece) from 28th September to 1st October 2016


Dear members of EFTA, Dear Colleagues,

In these difficult times of unrest our EFTA conference decided to ‘migrate’ from north to south. This seems quite a paradox and intriguing – let us share with you how this developed:

For a year EFTA and our Dutch NFTO organisation, NVRG, have put a lot of time and effort into the preparations for EFTA 2016 in Amsterdam. This has led to a program full of stimulating content, entitled: “Origins and Originality in Family Therapy and Systemic Practice”. The program was built on the Dutch colleagues’ fondness for Aristotle’s philosophy of Ethos, Logos, Techne and Polis.

This conference tried to come to life in the venue of a former factory in Amsterdam, but unfortunately the expenses of the production got higher and higher; to make the conference happen we would have needed to increase dramatically the fees for participants. This would have put attendance out of the reach for numerous EFTA members and more worryingly most students and trainees. EFTA and our Dutch colleagues were concerned and all together we tried to find solutions. Nonetheless our possibilities were limited and therefore we had to think ‘out of the box’.

Nothing seemed closer than considering to accompany Aristotle on his journey to his origins and to change place by moving to the origins of Europe, to Greece. The year 2016 is suggested to be proclaimed the Aristotle Anniversary Year (2400 years) by UNESCO which is an excellent coincidence with our conference theme.

And here we are: the conference is relocating itself to ATHENS!

The last two months EFTA is closely collaborating with ETHOS, the Greek national family and systemic therapy association. ETHOS now became a real pillar of the conference and we do hope to create together an experience full of LOGOS and TECHNE in the POLIS of Athens.

We welcome you from all corners of Europe and the world to take together with us this challenge to make this conference a unique event for all of us.

Keep in touch, look and sign in for www.efta2016athens.gr

With our best regards,

Maria Borcsa (President EFTA)

Ingeborg Siteur (President NVRG)

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Welcome to the Homepage of EFTA

The European Family Therapy Association (EFTA) is an international association dedicated to scientific purposes.

EFTA was established in 1990 and has members from 29 European nations. It is a strictly non-profit making association.

EFTA’s members comprise currently of 29 national organizations (EFTA-NFTO), 108 training institutes (EFTA-TIC) and about 1100 individual members (EFTA-CIM).

The main goals leading us are:

  • Linking and coordinating European national organizations, institutes and individuals in the field of family therapy and systemic practice.
  • Promoting the highest level of competence and quality in practice, research, supervision and teaching in family therapy and allied fields.
  • Enhancing the training of systemic professionals and family therapists at regional, national and European levels by organizing and facilitating exchanges between individuals as well as professional centers.
  • Facilitating European co-operation and exchange of ideas and experience among associations, institutions and individuals concerning medical, legal, social, psychological, gender, cultural, economic, spiritual and other aspects of human experiences in relation to systemic thinking and practice.
  • Spreading information about family therapy and the systemic approaches throughout Europe to individuals, institutions and organizations concerned with the health and development of families and human systems.
  • Promoting research, conferences, publications, audio-visual tools and other scientific material in this field through meetings and all other appropriate communicational methods.
  • Enhancing the training of systemic professionals and family therapists at regional, national and European levels by organizing and facilitating exchanges between individuals, and professional centers.
  • Creating links with other organizations having common or compatible aims in and outside of Europe.

The activities for achieving the aims of the association are:

  • Regular international meetings, conferences and seminars
  • International congresses
  • Publication of a book series
  • Professional exchanges between family therapy centers, therapists in training and trainers from different European countries
  • Establishment of committees related to the aims of EFTA
  • Other activities as to advance the aims of the association

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Help EFTA grow!

  • Encourage professionals, Training Institutes and National Federations you consider eligible to join. (Refer to the websites of the 3 Chambers for membership categories and criteria).
  • Promote EFTA to students and trainees, supporting them to apply for associate membership.