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March 2019

Communicare’s Children Contact Services

The 3rd International Single Session Therapy and Walk-in Services Symposium 2019

Presented by The Bouverie Centre, La Trobe University , this builds on the previous two Single Session Therapy and Walk-in Services symposiums held in Australia (2012) and Canada (2015).  It offers opportunities to connect, share and collaborate with colleagues from your field and beyond. Moving away from the tradition of a series of keynote presentations, this symposium promotes engagement and participation in broad discussions highlighting the implementation of Single Session Thinking in various contexts. 
Come and hear speakers from the U.S, Canada, Israel, Italy, Mexico, China, Sweden, Singapore, New Zealand, the U.K. and Australia.

Promoting healthy relationships in families, organisations and communities. The Bouverie Centre is a research centre within La Trobe University

Date: Thurs 24th to Fri 25th Oct 2019

Venue: Rendezvous Hotel, 328 Flinders Street, Melbourne VIC, Australia

Who should attend: Professionals, including counsellors, therapists, case managers, team leaders or managers interested in understanding and/or applying a Single Session Work approach either in their individual clinical practice or as a treatment modality within their agency.


  • Registration for 2 days
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea on both days
  • Happy Hour Cocktails on Thursday, 24th Oct 2019
  • Delegate satchel and materials


  • AUD $485 incl GST Early Bird (valid till 30 June 2019)
  • AUD $585 incl GST

A 10% discount will be offered to delegates who are also attending the Australian Association of Family Therapy Conference on the 17-18 Oct 2019

There will be a dinner reception on Thursday 24th Oct 2019. This will be at an extra cost. All delegates will be sent an expression of interest for this event. 

For further details including registration: please visit or contact: Penny Wong + 61 3 9385 5100 –

February 2019

10th Conference of the European Family Therapy Association

What will you get by attending the EFTA-SIPPR conference in NAPLES in September 2019?
We have taken the concept of borders of change as our main thematic concept for the conference.
As therapists, clinicians and researchers witnessing all the social changes of the last century and of the beginning of the new millennium, what is now the core of our work, which are the borders of change in psychotherapy?
2019 EFTA Conference

Introduction to Time-Limited Psychodynamic Psychotherapy with Adults and Young People: An Interactive Approach


Hurstwood Centre 16A Toorak Road South Yarra

WHO SHOULD ATTEND This workshop is designed to be of practical value to psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists and family mental health practitioners. LEARNING OUTCOMES •  Understanding the assessment process – from hypothesis to formulation. •  Creating change within a time-limited format. •  Developing therapeutic communication – the primacy of the therapeutic encounter. •  Applying core principles of the time-limited psychodynamic approach in a practical way to clinical work. •  Managing beginnings, endings and returns.

Systemic therapy added to the list of treatments fully paid by public health insurances in Germany

(Please read below this open letter from Rüdiger Retzlaff , Dr. sc. hum., Dipl.-Psych. Psychotherapist & Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, Vice-Director of the Helm Stierlin Institute, Heidelberg/Germany)

I am absolutely delighted  to be able to inform  you that, after so many years, Thursday last week, systemic therapy with adults has been accepted to be added to the list of treatments which are paid for by public health insurances. The GBA, the federal board of health care providers and public health care insurances has just made the decision a few hours ago. Although this decision needs to be reconfirmed by another board within the GBA , it is most likely that they will do so.

Prior to today’s decision, IQWiG, a highly reputed non-partisan scientific board (which normally deals with pharmaceutical products) re-checked the evidence in favor of systemic therapy, and concluded in their over 600-pages long report that  there is a sufficient number of high quality rct to meet the necessary requirements to be accepted.

This means that  when the necessary amendments have been made and various implementation rules have been adapted, about 85% of the adult population in Germany will have access to systemic therapy as part of their health care insurance.  I am confident that private insurances will adopt this decision into their insurance contracts.

When I returned  from the AFTA conference  in Miami in 2003, fully determined to start our project on the evidence base of systemic therapy, I would never have expected that it would take 15 years  to reach this goal.

Of course, many people have been involved in this endeavor:

Ø  Stefan Beher, Kirsten von Sydow and Jochen Schweitzer, with whom we published our report on systemic therapy in 2007, which got us the recognition by the Scientific Board for Psychotherapy, which is mandatory to even be considered to be accepted by the health care systems

Ø  Markus Haun, also trainer at the Helm Stierlin Institute, who brilliantly contributed especially to our official statement on the IQWiG report and controversial reports by parts of the GBA, and Matthias Ochs

Ø  Ulrike Borst, president of the Systemic Society (SG) – like Jochen Schweitzer and me member of AFTA- and  Enno Hermans as president of the German Society of Systemic Family Therapy and Counselling (DGSF)  

Ø  Sebastian Baumann (DGSF) and Kerstin Dittrich (DGSF),  who did a fantastic job networking in Berlin- all professional organization- behavior therapists, psychodynamic therapist, the Federal Board of Medical Doctors, the Federal Board of Psychotherapist- supported the pledge of systemic therapists to become part of the public health care system!

Over the years, many of you have contributed to  our success in various ways- giving is hints on rct trials, discussing our papers with us, translations from Chinese into German- a fine example of collaboration across borders…thank you again!

Much remains to be done:

o   It will take 1-2 years before regulations  will have been adjusted to include systemic therapy in insurance plans

o   Existing systemic therapy training institutes will face huge challenges posed by the very strict legal rules in the state license system.

o   And last not least, we will have to push for a similar decision in favor of systemic therapy with children and adolescents, which unfortunately was not included in today’s ruling

For me, this is absolutely great!


Rüdiger Retzlaff , Dr. sc. hum., Dipl.-Psych.
Psychotherapist & Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist
Vice-Director of the Helm Stierlin Institute

January 2019

Trauma, Loss & Family Resources

Therapy Beyond Trauma
In fifty years of therapeutic experience with families from all over the world, Maurizio Andolfi found that the traumas that people suffered in early childhood and adolescence are long lasting and can affect personal identity and important family relations. Sudden or important losses, affective and physical abuses, role inversions, chronic diseases, family cut-off are conditions which are often “buried” and not spoken about for years. Family secrets and lies will develop through family myths and will be transmitted from one generation to another in critical moments of family life cycle, replacing authenticity and truth.
In this workshop, Prof Andolfi will outline his main ideas on trauma within family systems and describe his multi-generational method of understanding and dealing with these issues from a relational-systemic perspective. He will illustrate the importance of grieving, of self- disclosure as well as of sharing pain in the context of an intense and productive trauma-informed therapeutic experience. Through his clinical master sessions of the Multimedia Library of the Accademia, he will show how  to produce change, enabling  each member of the family  to move from a heavy, paralysing inner suffering to a new chance to experience family and community support and compassion and to overcome long term depression and sadness.

, is a Master Family Therapist, who started as a Child Psychiatrist. He lived in New York City in the early 70’s where he worked extensively in the South Bronx, and later in South Philadelphia with disadvantaged families of different ethnic groups. During his time in the USA, Andolfi studied in a number of prestigious Family Therapy Institutes, including the Family Studies Section of Bronx State Hospital, the Ackerman Institute for Family Therapy and the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic with Salvador Minuchin and Jay Haley, as well as with Carl Whitaker in the following years.

Prof Andolfi was Professor of Psychology at La Sapienza-University of Rome, is Director of the Accademia di Psicoterapia Familiare in Rome and Editor-in-Chief of the Italian family therapy journal: Terapia Familiare. In 1999 he was the winner of an American Association of Marital & Family Therapy award for Special Contribution to Marital and Family Therapy and he got a life Achievement Award from the American Family Therapy Academy in 2016. He was the founder and President of the Foundation Silvano AndolJi and he was the Co-Founder of the European Family Therapy Association. He has published widely in English and several other languages. At the present moment he lives and practice in Perth, Western Australia.

Workshop Dates:

10 – 11 May, 2019 (Friday & Saturday)Venue:
The Glen Hotel
24 Gaskell Street, Eight Mile Plains, Queensland 4113


AAFT $710
Non AAFT $780


For further information: 0412 460 928 or email: