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Some suggestions for Optimizing and Continuing Training in a time of Crisis

EFTA Board and EFTA Training Standards subcommittee have decided that in these times of the Corona virus we have an important opportunity for sharing information on Training in Family Therapy. The current pandemic calls for EFTA to consider how best we can help our members and ourselves.

These brief points aim to initiate discussion and reflection on the developments and to facilitate to learn from each other across Institutes and countries.

We welcome and strongly encourage comments and proposals strengthening the EFTA voice during this crisis. Read more

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EFTA and Coronavirus Crisis

The entire world and Europe especially, is currently experiencing a crisis caused by the Coronavirus Pandemic that is testing a set of essential systems in modern society:
Public Health as an intervention system, the group of Elderly People with many special characteristics and as an important risk group, the Economic and Social System that faces internal structural changes of great consequences in the immediate future, the Family System that faces a relationship game with confinement measures that tests internal relationships, allowing to discover not only the difficulties that already existed but also many resilient capacities that create new relational futures, the Education and Training Systems that open many new networks of group work, work with Populations at Risk of Exclusion and work situations with the Immigrant Population with workers who face with great dedication and creativity the day-to-day of emergencies, Protection Systems such as the Police and Firefighters who are become messengers and agents for the respect of the interventions ones programmed.

Facing the consequences at the Individual Psychological Level of the changes that are taking place and facing Grief as a reality in many particular situations, Research and reflection on the implementation of Intervention Programs and many other things.
When we find all these realities today we are talking about crises, systems, communication and relationships, individual group and psychological structures, families, research and training programs, etc.
To speak and confront all this is to gather the essentials of systemic-relational thinking and systemic family work.
We are talking about what is the heart of an association like ours, the EFTA which is also located in Europe: France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Belgium, United Kingdom, Ireland, Hungary, Croatia, Holland, Denmark, Poland, Serbia , Lithuania, Czechia, Latvia, Portugal, Romania, Norway, Sweden …

This is our reality in the present times, we are there and we must do it expressing our solidarity and closeness with those most affected and with those who are giving their all to face this crisis and we must also be able to open the paths of change that this crisis situation is generating. To do this, I would suggest that a letter of solidarity and closeness with those most affected by this situation could be present on our website and that Cim members could find a space where they can suggest ways of intervention for specific situations that could be collected and developed in a near future.

Crises allow us to discover capacities for change and this is essential in our association, at EFTA.

A big hug to everyone without risk of contagion.

Juan Antonio Abeijon
EFTA-CIM Board Member

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