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 Early Bird NOW closes, 21st September 2018.  
Register now at the AAFT conference website: HERE



The 39th AAFT annual family therapy conference is proudly sponsored by: 


Speaker registration deadline Saturday 15 September 2018
Early bird registration deadline (extended) Friday 21 September 2018
Submission of the final version of your PowerPoint  Saturday 29 September 2018

Robyne Latham
Robyne is a Yamatji woman from Western Australia. She holds a B.A, Graduate Diploma of Education and a Masters in Fine Art, by research. She recently retired from the position of Senior Indigenous Strategic Planning and Project Development Officer for the Indigenous Team at The Bouverie Centre, Melbourne. Robyne works within the area of ‘cultural safety training’ through her own organization, Blak Light. Robyne is also an artist whose works are represented both nationally and internationally.
Alison Elliott
Alison has family connections of Wiradjuri (Dubbo, NSW) and has Anglo Celtic, Polish; Danish heritage. She holds a Masters Degree in Indigenous Studies (Wellbeing), A Batchelor in Health Promotions and a Graduate Diploma in Family Therapy.  She works with Bouverie’s Indigenous Program as a family counsellor and teacher.
Prof. Niels Buus
Niels Buus is Professor of Mental Health Nursing at Sydney Nursing School. He is the leader of The Centre for Family-Based Mental Health Care at St. Vincent’s Hospital Sydney. He has a broad research profile within mental health and health services research and leads research teams in an examination of the effects of the resource oriented healthcare delivery model “Open dialogue”
Hugh Mackay
Hugh Mackay is Australia’s leading social researcher and a bestselling author. His research career has spanned six decades. In recognition of his pioneering work in social research, he has been elected a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and awarded honorary doctorates by Charles Sturt, Macquarie, NSW and Western Sydney universities.Australia Reimagined, his nineteenth book, published in April 2018, is an uplifting and passionate reflection on where we’ve gone wrong and how to build a more compassionate and cohesive society.
Jenny Brown PhD
Jenny Brown PhD has worked as a social worker and family therapist since the early 1980s.  Her varied clinical experience has been in alternate care, couple therapy, family therapy, adult mental health, family homelessness, expatriate families and child and family health.
She completed her Masters (Columbia University) doing her field work with Dr Salvador Minuchin and then undertook advanced training in New York where she was supervised Betty Carter, one of the founders of the Women’s Project in family Therapy. It was here that Jenny was introduced to the work of Murray Bowen. In 2004 Jenny collaborated with Jo Wright to set up the Family Systems Institute in Sydney with the goal of making contemporary applications of Bowen’s family systems theory accessible in Australia.
  Prof. Maurizio Andolfi
Prof. Maurizio Andolfi, child psychiatrist and master family therapist, is Director of the Accademia di Psicoterapia della Famiglia in Rome and Editor in chief of the Italian Journal Terapia Familiare. He is presently professor in Residence at William Street Family Therapy Centre in Perth and has been teaching at the Department of Clinical Psychology of the University “La Sapienza” in Rome for 40 years.
In 2012 he received the title of Distinguish Talent from the Australian Government and in 2016 he got the American Family Therapy Academy Award for Life Achievements. He has recently published: Teen voices- Tales of Family Therapy. Wisdom Moon, San Diego, 2013, and Multigenerational Family Therapy  Routledge, London, 2016.



Early Bird closes 7 September


Pre-Conference Workshops

WORKSHOP  1 – 8th OCT.  2018

Multi-generational Couple Therapy

In this workshop, Andolfi will illustrate how   his   unique approach with couple therapy will enlarge the   frame   of   the couple’s intervention. He will demonstrate when and how to invite Family of Origin as the Consultant in order to explore cut-off, over-dependency, open wounds of the past, cultural diversity which can burden the couple relationship.
Andolfi believes children are very important witnesses of family life. Their voice and presence in a special session can provide an opportunity to reflect on the family resources, without entering into marital issues. Essentially, this can lead parents to a positive transformation as a couple.
Further, Andolfi suggested that friends are a relevant emotional support for couples. Especially in times of crisis, they can also be asked to participate in a session, offering their knowledge, care and emotional involvement for the sake of the couple.
While video segments of clinical work will be shown, you can request a live consultation for a couple session.

WORKSHOP  2 – 9th OCT.  2018

CLOSED DOORS: “Depression & Social Withdrawal in Adolescence” How to intervene?

Lack of self-esteem, intense sadness and social withdrawal can be misunderstood, labelled and over-medicated as mental disorders. In reality, these presentations often represent an intense, emotional response to personal & family events such as school failure, peer or social exclusion, parents’ hostile divorces, sudden losses and internet addiction.
In this workshop, Maurizio Andolfi will outline how to recognise the dramatic signal of discomfort and despair experienced by adolescents as a way to overcome family or school conflicts, engage all family members in therapy and develop a systemic approach with School and Mental Health staff when needed.

WORKSHOP 3 – 10th OCT. 2018

Pre-Conference Workshop

In this workshop Andolfi will outline Minuchin’s main disease and clinical expertise, and how he influenced his own professional development.  In particular, Andolfi will describe:

  • Minuchin’s central idea to empower parents and families in order to cope better with their difficulties and to be in charge of their children and adolescent at risk
  • His structural model of therapy, which was a very useful foundation for systemic-development therapists.
  • His use of playfulness and creativity to engage children in therapy with concrete metaphors.
  • Minuchin’s active and passionate use of himself in the research of family and social resources.

Several video segments of Minuchin’s work will be showed and discussed with the participants.

More details: please download the flyer here
Fees: $350.00 per workshop or $1,000.00 for 3 workshops GST inclusive.
Bookings: please download the booking form here
Questions: Contact The Delta Clinic, Office: 02 9899 1518 Mobile: 0414 260 956


AAFT  acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country and their enduring sovereignty of land, sea, sky, and community. The AAFT community bear witness to their diversity and resilience, and honour the Elders past and present.


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We respectfully acknowledge that this event is being held on the land of the Gadigal people of the Eora nation.  We pay our respects to their Elders, both past and present.  We acknowledge and uphold their continuing relationships to this land.  Australia’s aboriginal people were subject to invasion on every level of their community, culture and land.  Aboriginal people have a distinctive and long-standing connection with their lands and waters.  AAFT acknowledges that sovereignty has never been ceded, and we work within our communities to reflect on and respond in solidarity with Indigenous peoples.