EFTA’s Former Presidents
Rodolfo de Bernart (2016-2019) (+)
Maria Borcsa (2013-2016)
Kyriaki Polychroni (2010-2013)
Arlene Vetere (2004-2010)
Juan Luis Linares (2001-2004)
Mony Elkaïm (1990-2001)
EFTA’s Honorary PresidentsLuigi Onnis (+) Jacques Pluymaekers
EFTA’s Honorary MembersYrjo Alanen (Turku-Finland) Jean-Claude Benoît (Versailles-France) Donald Bloch (New-York – USA) (+) Petr Bos (Praha-Czech Republic) (+) Ivan Boszormenyi-Nagy (Glenside-USA) (+) John Byng Hall (London – UK) Phillipe Caillé (Nice-France) Luigi Cancrini (Roma-Italy) Jay Haley (La Jolla-USA) (+) Siegi Hirsch (Bruxelles-Belgium) Mordecai Kaffman (Israel) Kitty La Perrière (New-York – USA) Monica McGoldrick (USA) Salvador Minuchin (Boca Raton – USA) Maria Orwid (Krakow-Poland) (+) Mara Palazzoli-Selvini (Milano-Italy) (+) Robin Skynner (London – UK) (+) Carlos Sluzki (Washington – USA) Helm Stierlin (Heidelberg-Germany) George Vassiliou (Athens-Greece) (+) Vasso Vassiliou (Athens-Greece) (+) Gaspare Vella (Roma-Italy) Carl Whitaker (Nashotah-USA) (+)
Since the EFTA congress in Budapest in 2001, the following persons have been awarded :
- For their outstanding contribution to the field of family therapy : Petr Bos, Mara Selvini, John Byng-Hall, Ivan Böszörmenyi-Nagy, Helm Stierlin, George and Vasso Vassiliou, Bela Buda, Janos Füredi, Mony Elkaïm, Daniel Stern, Pat Crittenden, Luigi Cancrini, Miklos Kovacs, Juan Luis Linares, Boris Cyrulnik, Edith Goldbeter, Luigi Onnis, Jean-Claude Benoît, Philippe Caillé, Alan Carr, Peter Lang, Elspeth McAdam, Yveline Rey, Renos Papadopoulos.
- For their outstanding contribution to the work of EFTA: Barbara Kohnstamm, Roberto Pereira, Annette Kreuz, Eric Louis, Arlene Vetere, Mony Elkaïm, Mina Polemi-Todoulou, Kyriaki Polychroni, Monica Whyte, Anne Chouhy, Umberta Telfener.
- For his contribution to the development of family therapy in France and his involvement to gather family therapists within the SFTF: Jacques Miermont
- For his life time achievement in the field of family therapy: Mony Elkaïm
- For her contribution to related fields of research and psychotherapy: Elisabeth Fivaz
- For their excellence in the field of research in family therapy and systemic practice: Peter Stratton, Per Jensen, Jaakko Seikkula, Maria Borcsa, Jochen Schweitzer.
EFTA’s Former Conferences :
Naples (Italy) September 2019: “Visible and Invisible: bordering change in systemic family therapy”
Athens (Greece) September 2016: “Origins and Originality in family therapy and systemic practice”
Istanbul (Turkey) October 2013: “Opportunities in a Time of Crisis: the Role of the Family”.
Paris (France) October 2010: “60 years of family therapy, 20 years of EFTA… and after? New ways for systemic practice”
Glasgow (UK) October 2007: “Beyond oppositions: individuals, families, communities”
Berlin (Germany) October 2004: “Creating futures. Systemic Dialogues across Europe”
Budapest (Hungary) June 2001: “Travelling through time and space”
Barcelona (Spain) October 1997: “Families and therapists in different social realities”
Athens (Greece) April 1994: “Ethics & freedom. Changing contexts and family therapy”
Sorrento (Italy) November 1992: “Feelings & Systems: a challenge for the family therapy?”
25th Anniversary of EFTA, Leuven (Belgium), 12-15th February 2015
Maria Borcsa (EFTA President) and Gonzalo Bacigalupe (AFTA President) at the 25th Anniversary Meeting in Leuven, Belgium
On February 12th and 13th, a scientific event was organized by EFTA in collaboration with the Belgian Flemish Association of Family Therapy (BVRGS; thanks to the Chair: Lieven Migerode) and the Catholic University of Leuven (thanks to Prof. Peter Rober) presenting the divers applications of systemic and relational thinking at Belgian Universities in theory and practice.
You can find here some of the presentations for downloading.
- Jan De Mol (UCL), Family therapy as a process of Social Sharing of Emotion: Application of the model in family therapy with depressed adolescents
- Gilbert Lemmens (UGent), Facial transplantation in a blind patient
- Peter Rober (KULeuven), Researching what is not said: the therapist’s inner conversation
- Karine Van Tricht (KULeuven), Feedback inspired Dialogical Therapy inviting a culture of feedback as a space for the client’s “no”
- Gaëlle Vanhee (UGent), Couples in distress: an analysis of unmet relational needs and underlying emotions (Abstract)
We have lost one of the leading lights of our field, his enthusiasm, creativity, humour and passion for systemic family therapy and his commitment to our profession and its development has made a lasting impact on EFTA.
Most of all we have lost a dear friend, colleague and mentor.
« I fall asleep in the full and certain hope
That my slumber shall not be broken;
And that, though I be all-forgetting,
Yet shall I not be all-forgotten,
But continue that life in the thoughts and deeds
of those I have loved. » Samuel Butler
Eric has been a member of EFTA for many years. After being a member of the Board and Treasurer General in 2007, he received an Award for his outstanding contribution to the development of EFTA, and specifically for his work in the EFTA NFTO Chamber. In 2013 he became Vice President of the Chamber of Individual Members EFTA CIM, and it was not until February 2018, just over 90 years, that he demonstrated, despite his desire to maintain his valuable role of experienced counselor, the need to stop.
His presence, his dynamism, his strength and his courage, and especially his expression, always smiling, will be deeply missed.
Luigi Onnis, Founding Member and Honorary President of EFTA, died on 24th December 2015 in Rome. With him, we have lost not only an important figure for our association but also a truly admired person.
After actively supporting the anti-psychiatry movement in Europe, his research was rooted in his clinical practice with psychosomatic families. His theoretical and practical work on sculptures of family time, developed in his many books, articles, training activities and conferences, marks the field of family therapy. 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. Following this principle, he gave considerable time and energy in contributing to create clear and demanding training standards – for the sake of both, clients and therapists.
His leading role in the field of family therapy was recognized all over Europe and his tireless activity, combined with his radiant personality, aroused the admiration and feelings of friendship in all who knew him. He stays in our hearts and will always be a part of our conjoint memories.
We dedicate the first volume of the EFTA Book Series to Luigi Onnis with all our respect.
He was the co-founder, with Gianfranco Cecchin, of the Milan Center of Family Therapy and a great master for thousand of systemic therapists all around the World.
We are sure that there is no better way to honour his memory than keeping open the conversation around the wellbeing of human systems.
The Milan Centre of Family Therapy
Pier Giuseppe, “Pippo” has passed away. We were all astonished by his sudden death. All those who knew him will remenber this discrete and gracious man, anxious to be at your disposal, always listening, often with a sense of humor. All these, qualities along with his competence, made him a very professional worker, appreciated, engaged with the families he treated, happy to teach his students what was close to him more in heart: respect based on authentic ethics of responsibility. It is up to us to keep in memory all that he brought us.
Jacques Pluymaekers, Chair EFTA-CIM (2001-2013)