Date(s) - 07/03/2024
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Coming up in the AAFT Professional Development calendar is a free webinar with Dr Paolo Bertrando and Claudia Lini.


  • Date: Thursday 7th March 2024
  • Time: 6.00pm to 8.00pm (QLD Time)
  • Venue: ONLINE via Zoom


Liquid modernity and the fluid condition of present-day society has affected all areas of our social and intimate life. The family is no exception.

The workshop will cover:

  • Ideas and ideologies about the family
  • The emotions related to it
  • Gender awareness and positioning, both on the therapists’ and the clients’ part
  • Finding one’s place in regard to new intimacies
  • Taking responsibility for change

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New forms of family have come to the fore, from recomposed and reconstituted families, to “rainbow families”, and so on. At the same time, new forms of intimacy have been brought forward, such as polyamory, or different ways of cohabiting and sharing lives. More and more, the quality of relationships becomes more relevant than their structure.

Therapists facing such new, emerging situations must face, at the same time, their own prejudices and their deeply entrenched premises about what a family is, what gender and identities mean, how they conceive intimacy. To base our interventions on a notion of consolidated family structures is not possible anymore: we can only rely on ourselves and our clients to get our bearings. This workshop aims at showing how a dialogical, emotionally and positionally aware model of therapy can be helpful to deal with those complexities.

Paolo Bertrando MD, PhD, is a psychiatrist and a systemic therapist. He was trained in the Milan Approach to systemic therapy by Luigi Boscolo and Gianfranco Cecchin in the 1980s. He has been a trainer in the Milan Centre for Family Therapy, from 1993 to 2002, and the director of the Episteme systemic training centre from 2003 to 2012. Currently he is the scientific director of the Systemic-Dialogical School in Bergamo.

Among his books, The Times of Time (1993), and Systemic Therapy with Individuals (1996), both co-written with Luigi Boscolo, The Dialogical Therapist (2007) and Emotions and the Therapist (2015).

Claudia Lini PsyD, is a psychologist and a systemic-dialogical therapist. She is currently the co-director of the Systemic-Dialogical School of Therapy. She has worked several years as the consultant fo the Milan Women Centre, where she developed her sensitivity on gender and diversity issues, and on the impact of technology and social media on gender roles.

Together they have developed the systemic dialogical approach, merging practices from the Milan systemic tradition with a new dialogical sensibility, centred on emotions, positioning in social and cultural contexts (“finding one’s place”), and relational responsibility. They are also interested in how present-day society and its challenges shape people lives and problems. Their first co-authored book, Systemic-Dialogical Therapy with Individuals, is due for publication in the course of 2024.