Words from the President

Renewal and change within EFTA

Dear EFTA colleagues  and visitors to our webpage,

Please take some time to browse our website, on this page you will find information about our organisation and its activities. We have a three-chamber structure consisting of the Chamber of Individual Members (CIM), Training Institutes Chamber (TIC) and the National Family Therapy Organisations Chamber (NFTO).  Our chamber pages provide a resource and fund of information for our members all across Europe.

Family and systemic therapists work in many different areas of practice, in the public and private health sphere, in universities, government departments  and businesses where systemic concepts and family therapy practice  are  making a difference in the lives of the families, colleagues and students that our members work with.

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.

The board of EFTA is so pleased that we were able to bring the vision for the conference  that our past president Rodolfo De Bernart expressed before his death to fruition.  There were so many highlights in the conference this year we are hoping in the next few weeks to be able to upload some of the images that we captured during this event to the gallery section of this website. 

EFTA boards renewal and changes.

The General assembly and elections to the boards of the EFTA chambers CIM, TIC and NFTO were conducted at the conference. We have welcomed three new members who have been elected to the boards of EFTA.  

Dr. Viola Sallay (Hungary) will be joining the CIM board.

Ms. Lucie Hornova  (Czech Republic) will be joining the NFTO board

 Prof, Dr. Matthias Ochs (Germany)  will be joining the NFTO board.

Dr Henk Pijnenburg (Netherlands) a board member of the NFTO for the past 6 years where he has held the post of treasurer ended his term on the NFTO board and we wish him well in his retirement.  The new General board of EFTA convened for the first time in the university of Parthenope in Naples and its first tasks were to elect new officers. The board has elected Monica Whyte (Ireland) as President

Monica Whyte

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Sad News: Rodolfo de Bernart, EFTA President, passed away

Dear Friends and Colleagues in the EFTA community,

It is with great sadness that we have to announce that our esteemed president Rodolfo de Bernart died yesterday (18th February).

Our thoughts are with his family and colleagues at this difficult time.

We have lost one of the leading lights of our field, his enthusiasm, creativity, humour and passion for systemic family therapy and his commitment to our profession and its development has made a lasting impact on EFTA.

Most of all we have lost a dear friend, colleague and mentor.

On behalf of the board of EFTA

Mony Elkaim, Chair EFTA-TIC

Anne Chouhy, Chair EFTA-NFTO

Monica Whyte, Chair EFTA-NFTO

« I fall asleep in the full and certain hope

That my slumber shall not be broken;

And that, though I be all-forgetting,

Yet shall I not be all-forgotten,

But continue that life in the thoughts and deeds

of those I have loved. »

Samuel Butler

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Our Privacy Policy

Legal Notice


Following the application, since May 25, 2018, of the General Regulation on Data Protection (RGPD) of the European Union, the EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY THERAPY (hereinafter referred to as EFTA) adapted its privacy policy that you will find below. It governs the processing of your personal data in your relationship with EFTA.

EFTA is committed to protecting the privacy and proper use of the personal data we process and communicate to you. This policy applies to the website www.europeanfamilytherapy.eu, and to the subdomains of the 3 Chambers www.eftacim.org, www.efta-tic.eu, www.efta-nfto.com and applies also when you provide us with data by non-electronic ways.

Please read carefully the basic information on data protection that you will find below.

If you have any questions or doubts about the way we process and use your personal data or wish to exercise any of the rights mentioned, please contact us at or send an e-mail to the following address: EFTA, rue Vilain XIIII 38, 1000 Brussels, Belgium. Read more…

Welcome to the Homepage of EFTA

The European Family Therapy Association (EFTA) is an international association dedicated to scientific purposes.

EFTA was established in 1990 and has members from 29 European nations. It is a strictly non-profit making association.

EFTA’s members comprise currently of 29 national organizations (EFTA-NFTO), 108 training institutes (EFTA-TIC) and about 1100 individual members (EFTA-CIM).

The main goals leading us are:

  • Linking and coordinating European national organizations, institutes and individuals in the field of family therapy and systemic practice.
  • Promoting the highest level of competence and quality in practice, research, supervision and teaching in family therapy and allied fields.
  • Enhancing the training of systemic professionals and family therapists at regional, national and European levels by organizing and facilitating exchanges between individuals as well as professional centers.
  • Facilitating European co-operation and exchange of ideas and experience among associations, institutions and individuals concerning medical, legal, social, psychological, gender, cultural, economic, spiritual and other aspects of human experiences in relation to systemic thinking and practice.
  • Spreading information about family therapy and the systemic approaches throughout Europe to individuals, institutions and organizations concerned with the health and development of families and human systems.
  • Promoting research, conferences, publications, audio-visual tools and other scientific material in this field through meetings and all other appropriate communicational methods.
  • Enhancing the training of systemic professionals and family therapists at regional, national and European levels by organizing and facilitating exchanges between individuals, and professional centers.
  • Creating links with other organizations having common or compatible aims in and outside of Europe.

The activities for achieving the aims of the association are:

  • Regular international meetings, conferences and seminars
  • International congresses
  • Publication of a book series
  • Professional exchanges between family therapy centers, therapists in training and trainers from different European countries
  • Establishment of committees related to the aims of EFTA
  • Other activities as to advance the aims of the association

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Help EFTA grow!

  • Encourage professionals, Training Institutes and National Federations you consider eligible to join. (Refer to the websites of the 3 Chambers for membership categories and criteria).
  • Promote EFTA to students and trainees, supporting them to apply for associate membership.