In commemorating International Women’s Day, we would like to acknowledge and celebrate two outstanding women, leaders in the field of family therapy, Dr Evan Imber-Black and Dr Umberta Telfener.

Two relevant and timely papers, based on their interviews, are out on early view in the Dialogues and Interviews Section of the ANZJFT, March issue.

I would like to pay tribute to Evan for her vast experience and innovation, her devoted and tireless work as well as her humanistic and peerless contribution across all areas of our field.

I would also like to recognise Umberta for her dedicated involvement, her boundless energy and fierce commitment to create connections & develop partnerships with the aim of uniting and strengthening our field across the globe.

Deisy Amorin-Woods, Associate Editor Dialogues & Interviews

Evan Imber-Black

Evan Imber-Black is one of the most esteemed and respected thought leaders and innovators in the field of family therapy.

She played a vital role in the legacy of several institutions, including the Ackerman Institute where she served as a faculty member and program director. She also served as Editor of Family Process for almost a decade.

She continues her involvement there with the writer’s fellowship program, mentoring and teaching scholarly writing to family therapy graduates and established practitioners.

She highlights the importance of examining scholarly work in the context of cultures as a requirement. Papers are aimed at social justice and systemic issues and contributing scholars originate from diverse cultural groups.

Evan has written extensively (books and papers), having dedicated much of her valuable work, on key areas of family secrets and family rituals in providing meaning, identity, and connection across diverse cultures and family lifecycles.

This paper sheds light on her robust commitment to diversity and her lasting contributions to family therapy.

Umberta Telfener

Umberta Telfener is a respected figure known for her diverse contribution to various facets of family and systemic therapy. She was directly trained by Boscolo and Cecchin at Milan School of Family Therapy where she later became faculty member.

As EFTA President, her leadership style has earned her a strong reputation for creating connections, establishing relationships, and developing partnerships. She is known for her boundless energy, active leadership, and fierce commitment to ensure diversity is at the core of our practice.

While only being in office for a year, Umberta has developed numerous projects, and established networks with practitioners, and systemic thinkers across the world.

Under her leadership, a Social Justice and Systemic Thinking Task Force was established, in exploring key relevant issues impacting our collective, such as wars, homelessness and migrants facing statelessness and poverty.