#25 June 2021

Dear EFTA community,

Summer has arrived and our thoughts turn to the hope of meeting more of our family, friends and colleagues in a safe way. To keep our professional linkages alive and vibrant we are sending this newsletter with information on upcoming events, publications, news from our boards and most importantly our upcoming EFTA General Assembly.


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#24 December 2020

Dear Community of EFTA,

This extraordinary year is drawing to a close and we are looking to 2021 with hope and eagerness.

In this newsletter you will find the news from our boards, information from our community on research, writing and new initiatives.

We are as a board grieving for our dear Mony Elkaim and have included our tribute developed with input from all three boards within this newsletter.

Our board has coped with some difficult transitions this year, not only related to the pandemic. This has shown us that at times it takes courage and trust to remain in dialogue when we have held such different views. I want to welcome Juan Antonio Abeijon as the new president of EFTA CIM and wish him well for his term.

I finish with the good wishes of the EFTA board to all of our community and some words from a tweet by Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney:

“If we can winter this one out, we can summer anywhere.” Read more…

#23 April 2020

EFTA response to the world pandemic
of Covid-19

The spread of covid-19 across our planet is unstoppable. The virus knows no borders and we have no immunity to it, we can slow its spread in the hopes that treatments and vaccines may be developed that will protect us in the future. While we wait for this to happen, we have a choice, we can react with fear and suspicion to isolate and close in on ourselves, or we can find new ways to promote resilience and connectedness even while keeping our distance. While most of our clinics, universities and training institutes may be closed or closing for a period of time to slow the spread of the virus I urge you to connect in other ways. I will from today make the EFTA website available to our community, send us your stories, cartoons, comments and thoughts and we will upload them to the EFTA website. Read more…

#22 November 2019

Renewal and change within EFTA

Dear EFTA Colleagues and friends,

The three year cycle of the EFTA board and chamber boards elected in Athens in 2016 has come to an end. We have a new Board of EFTA and new boards for each chamber. I am very honoured to have been elected to serve as the EFTA president for the term 2019 -2022. What a month it has been!

We welcomed 1,600 participants to the Conference in Naples. We had four days filled with scientific exchange in the form of keynotes, round tables, symposia, invited dialogues, workshops, oral communications, posters and a magical dinner overlooking the bay of Naples under a full moon. We conducted a world federation meeting, the EFTA general assembly, EFTA award ceremony and EFTA chamber elections as part of a very busy schedule over our four days in Naples.

 We have to thank our two hardworking conference companies Symvoli and EP Congressi for their work in the  preparation and on the ground delivery of the conference.  Our thanks also to  the combined scientific and organising committees of EFTA and SIPPR, the Task Force group of EFTA and SIPPR who worked so hard in a very short timeframe to make this conference a reality and also the secretariats of EFTA and the three chamber secretaries of TIC, CIM and NFTO  who successfully galvanised  the international membership of EFTA to attend the conference. Read more…

#21 March 2019

Dear EFTA colleagues and friends,

I am writing this at a time of great hope and despair, the hope for the future is that one 16-year-old Swedish schoolgirl can inspire over a million and a half schoolchildren in 100 countries to strike for the climate of the earth on Fridays for Future. The majority of the children striking, and marching do not have the possibility to vote. In a previous newsletter our past president Professor Maria Borcsa called for systemic and family therapists to use their voting power to elect politicians who espoused the values of inclusivity, tolerance and diversity. I am echoing that call and adding use your voting power in the upcoming European elections to do what our young people are asking of us, save the climate.

The despair is that as I am writing this news of the latest violent attacks on public populations going about their daily lives is emerging on two continents. It seems that the issues in our time for families is increasingly measured in their levels of trauma and vulnerability. Europe as a whole is in danger of becoming desensitized to the issues of famine, war displacement and violence the effects of which can appear in our therapy rooms and in the lives of our students and colleagues. Read more…

#20 July 2018

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

In this very warm summer I am writing to you from a cold winter, being in Buenos Aires in order to represent EFTA in Latin America. RELATES is an association of Latin speaking countries the most part of which is in South America but it also includes Spain, Portugal, Italy and France. It was founded by our members J.L. Linares and R. Pereira.
RELATES is already member of our international Network of Family Therapy, which is very interesting for EFTA. Last year we participated to the Asian Conference of Family Therapy in Tokyo and to the IFTA Conference in Bangkok thanks to the commitment of our Board Member Martine Nisse and in the second also of our Board Member Umberta Telfener and General Secretary Nevena Cavsloska. You can find a report in this Newsletter by M. Nisse. This October we will be again in Asia (Taipei, Taiwan) for the AAFT Conference (Martie Nisse).

I was also present in EFTA CIM Conference in Toulouse, very interesting and very well organized by Thierry Darnaud and Anna Chouhy. Toulouse could become in the future the permanent Conference for Research in substitution of Heidelberg which closed with last year meeting.
We absolutely need to increase our research activity. For this reason I invite you to consider going to Berlin Conference this Fall.

I will be in Manchester for the EFTA NFTO Meeting organized by Monica Whyte in connection with the AFT (UK) Conference and in Timisoara for the EFTA TIC Meeting which will be as usual very interesting for trainers.
I would like also to point another interesting conference taking place in Milan on the 40th Anniversary of the Italian law by Franco Basaglia for the closing of Psychiatric Hospital : many of us will be there from different countries and EFTA sponsored the event.
As you see there are too many occasions and it is very difficult to make a choice !!! Read more…

#19 July 2017

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I am writing these few words from Lisbon, where I am participating and presenting in a very interesting conference of RELATES ( Red Latino-Americana y Europea de Escuelas Sistemicas) in which the spoken languages are Castillano (Spanish) and Portuguese. Founded by Roberto pereira and Juan Linares, it includes also some Catalan, French and Italian members.
It is an alternative world for our English-French speaking association with whom we start to be in touch. This participation is coherent with our program of creating soon a World Federation of Family Therapy in building which EFTA has an important position. After the first contacts made by our past President Kyriaki Polichroni and the very important meeting organized and chaired by our past President Maria Borcsa in Athens, we decided to keep contact with other continental associations (AFTA and AAMFT from USA and Canada, RELATES from Latin America -South and Central-, AAFT from Asia, Australian and New Zealand FT Association and some local association from Africa).
This year Maria Borcsa participated to the AFTA Conference in Philadelphia USA, I am now in Relates in Portugal and will go to Tokyo for Asiatic AAFT in November. Read more…

#18 January 2017

Dear Members of EFTA,
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

On behalf of the EFTA board, I wish you a very Fruitful and Collaborative New Year.

I have been elected President of EFTA at our 9th Congress held in Athens 28 September – 1 October 2016. This is my first message to you.

Thanks to the hard and creative work of our outgoing president Maria Borcsa, this congress was a Great success with more than 1,500 participants and a lot of diverse and very interesting presentations.
I would like to thank Maria for her constructive and hard work as President in the last three years and specially for her capacity to save our last conference changing the location in less than one year: a real miracle. Our gratitude goes as well to Mina Todolou and all the Greek Members which were able to host us all in a wonderful and warm way.
Maria has started too a very interesting mondial network of the continental associations (which was a project also of the previous president Kyriaki Polychronis).
I hope she will continue this project with me for us all. Read more…

#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! 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…