Newsletter

#17 July 2016

Dear friends and colleagues,
Dear members of EFTA,

The last three years have passed rapidly and my presidency of EFTA is coming to an end. Having been active in EFTA for more than a decade, with two consecutive turns in the General Board and three more years in the position of president, I find it reasonable to make room for and pass my responsibilies to a new colleague. I wish to thank the actual General Board and all members for their trust, for the support and affection I received throughout my presidency! And I do hope that the new Board (after the elections in Athens) will continue with the same energy and dedication!

Dear friends, let us take care of and cultivate our organization which has grown substantially in the last years, having now members from 31 countries. Our association shows well how important and fruitful European solidarity can be. And let us advocate for our systemic ideas, which extend in both directions: a shared sense of belonging as well as richness of diversity as a value, a treasure on its own. Systemic thinking is ever more important in times when people proffer easy explanations and believe in short-sighted solutions for complex conditions…

Wishing you all the best and hope to see you all in Athens!

Maria Borcsa Read more…

#16 January 2016

Dear friends and colleagues,
Dear members of EFTA,

The past year came to an end with a great loss – Luigi Onnis, Founding Member and Honorary President of EFTA, died on 24th December in Rome. With him, we have lost not only an important figure for our association but also a truly admired person. His kindness and his radiant smile will be severely missed. Having been active in the European Family Therapy Network that gave birth to EFTA, he followed enthusiastically his conviction that family therapy is due to gain an accurate place in the health policies of Europe. To honour his memory, we dedicate the first volume of the EFTA Book Series to Luigi Onnis with all our respect. Please give your attention to the obituary below and on our website.

As you may have heard, the conference of EFTA is moving to Athens. The call for abstracts just opened and we invite you to send in your proposals for workshops, symposia, posters or open-format contributions where you yourself decide how you wish to present your work. Please visit the conference website efta2016athens.gr! I would like to draw your attention also to the detail that during the conference – as usual – the new EFTA Board will be elected. Please consider this fact as an individual member, as member of the training institutes chamber or as a NFTO representative. Every member and member organization is called upon to participate actively in the elections! Read more…

#15 April 2015

Dear friends and colleagues,

EFTA is now a quarter of a century old! From 12th to 15th February we celebrated the 25th Anniversary of EFTA in Leuven, Belgium, in collaboration with BVRGS, the Belgian(-Flemish) Association of Family Therapy (thanks to the Chair Lieven Migerode for a perfect organization!) and the Catholic University of Leuven. Starting with a scientific event on the 12th and 13th we learned about the diverse applications of systemic and relational thinking at Belgian Universities in research and practice (below you can download most presentations). EFTA-NFTO held their annual meeting in Leuven and invited chairs and representatives of National Family Therapy Associations from all over Europe. EFTA-TIC organized a workshop for the directors of their member training institutes. On Valentine’s Day the festive afternoon was held in the beautiful building of the Leuven Institute for Ireland. It honored the pioneers of EFTA and told the history of family therapy in different European countries, interspersed with short performances from the Hungarian Psytheatre, reflecting playfully on the contributions from the audience. A “transcontinental conversation” with the current President of AFTA (American Family Therapy Academy), Prof. Gonzalo Bacigalupe was followed by participants’ ideas on the future of EFTA, in so doing concluding the session. During the festive evening a friendly chef took care of us and explained his choreography of the meal before serving it. Last but not least we had lots of fun during the auction, bringing together items from all over Europe – of course all very special and precious! Please visit the EFTA website to see pictures from these events! Read more…

#14 November 2014

Dear friends and colleagues,

This autumn marked not only the 25th anniversary of the “peaceful revolution” in Leipzig and the fall of the Berlin Wall, but commemorated also changes in Europe and beyond, resulting in the lifting of the iron curtain. For some of us these alterations still appear as a miracle. For the younger ones, Europe is experienced as a continent with open borders, travelling around freely seems “natural”. We should not forget though that these achievements are results of concrete social and political activities.

Taking action accordingly, 15 colleagues from 9 European countries seized the opportunity in these times of change. The former European Family Therapy Network, created in 1986 with its earlier foundations in conference meetings, initiated a European association. Established formally in 1990, EFTA will have existed a quarter of a century next year!

This association is growing year after year, playing a visible part on the global arena. Having now members from 29 European nations as well as from Israel is an accomplishment we wish to celebrate, with the founding and current members! Below you can read more information on this anniversary event. Read more…

#13 May 2014

Dear EFTA friends and colleagues all over Europe,

Between the 22nd and 25th of May 2014, European citizens will have the chance to influence the future political course of the European Union through elections. Most of us are invited to vote for the 751 Members of the European Parliament representing us for the next five years. These MEPs will be the agents for over 500 million citizens in 28 member states; the new political majority will shape European legislation for the next half decade.
As the president of the European Family Therapy Association I take the right to appeal to you to participate in the elections and to contribute to a strong Europe where tolerance, plurality and reciprocity have a good standing… Read more…

#12 October 2013

In our 12th Newsletter we bring your news on EFTA’s three Chambers: CIM, TIC and NFTO.

We also include links to articles of EFTA members in various languages and information on recent Book and Journal Publications, along with a Calendar of Events in countries of Europe and abroad.

This month of October is an important month for EFTA: our 8th Congress, organized in collaboration with the Family and Marital Therapies Association of Turkey (AETD) is soon to be a reality… Read more…

#11 January 2013

A Word from EFTA’s President Dear Friends, dear Colleagues at our EFTA Network, Welcome to EFTA’s Newsletter 11! In the past months, we have put our efforts into developping a “new version” both of the EFTA website and of the Newsletter. … Read more…

#10 December 2011

A Word from the President of EFTA Dear EFTA Colleagues, Many of us in the late 1960′s, may remember singing Bob Dylan’s “The Times they are a-Changin’”: Come gather round people wherever you roam And admit that the waters around … Read more…

#9 February 2011

A word from the President / Le mot de la présidente Dear EFTA Colleagues, I would like to extend to you a warm welcome to the 9th EFTA Newsletter. This edition of our Newsletter brings information from the 7th EFTA … Read more…

#8 June 2010

A word from the president / Le mot de la présidente Dear EFTA colleagues, Welcome to the 8th EFTA Newsletter. This edition marks my last one as your president, as I step down from my duties at the Paris Congress. … Read more…

#7 October 2009

A word from the president Welcome to the 7th EFTA Newsletter! We do hope you will find items for your interest. You will see we have more articles from colleagues in different countries. We welcome this development, and very much … Read more…

#6 March 2009

A word from the president Dear EFTA members, Welcome to the 6th edition of our e-newsletter, in which we try to keep you up-to-date with some of the events and concerns in our systemic world! In response to feedback from … Read more…

#5 November 2008

A word from the president Welcome to our EFTA Newsletter. As you can see we have contributions from different events and different countries that show the wealth and range of tradition, experience and expertise within our organisation. If you would … Read more…

#4 April 2008

A word from the president Welcome to the EFTA Newsletter 4! We have put together an interesting mix of articles and features, news from the three Boards of EFTA, and more news from the Glasgow congress. We hope you will … Read more…

#3 November 2007

A word from the president Welcome to the 3rd General EFTA Newsletter! It is full of news and updates from the 6th EFTA Congress, held in the stunning city of Glasgow, in partnership with the UK Association for Family Therapy … Read more…

#2 May 2007

A word from the president Dear Friends and Colleagues, Welcome to this second Newsletter from the EFTA General Board. We have included updates from some of our member countries about changes to their social and health care policies. If you … Read more…

#1 January 2007

A word from the president Dear Colleagues: members of the EFTA CIM, EFTA TIC, and EFTA NFTO Welcome to this first edition of the EFTA General Newsletter. In future, we hope to have special sections for the contributions of each … Read more…