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The European Family Therapy Association EFTA is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to linking, coordinating and promoting European national associations, institutes, and individuals in the field of family therapy and systemic practice. Here in our website, you will find the webpages of each of the sections of EFTA. The history and past events of our chambers can be accessed along with our upcoming events agendas.

The pandemic of Covid 19 has led to many systemic changes in all of our lived experiences, we have been constrained in our ability to meet our clients, colleagues, and students in person in our therapy rooms and meeting spaces. Telepresence, virtual clinics and webinars and hybrid ways of working and training have all become our new normal. Family Therapists and systemic practitioners have been creatively using these virtual spaces to extend and enrich our therapeutic practice and teaching.

Our next family therapy congress in Ljubljana, SLOVENIA will be in September 2022. The congress platform and submission portal is open at From this portal you can access the congress information and register for regular updates about our conference.

We are looking forward to meeting again in person in Slovenia.

Monica Whyte

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on 12th November 2021

It is with our deepest sorrow that we inform the members of the European Systemic and Family Therapy Community that the Director of the Athenian Institute of Anthropos, Dr. Petros Polychronis, has passed away.

Petros Polychronis, as Director, Teacher and Therapist but also as a unique human being, served and lived by – till the end of his life – his personal human values and beliefs with exemplary consistency as well as those of his mentors and founders of “Anthropos”, George and Vasso Vassiliou, while also taking care to open space and listen to all voices emerging in the Anthropos community process and foster the co-development of novelty in the practice of a systemic view of life.

All these years, Petros nurtured the coleader ship of the Anthropos Scientific Team by cultivating collaboration and co-evolution. His vision of creating a multinuclear scientific network with old and new colleagues and friends connected to Anthropos was of the utmost value to him – a process to which we are dedicated to continue to strive towards.

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Agenda Upcoming events


This book examines the significance of the couple relationship in the 21th century, exploring in depth how couple relationships are changing in different parts of the world. It highlights global trends and cultural variations that are shaping couple relationships. The book discusses diverse relationships, such as intercultural couples, same sex couples, long distance couples, polygynous marriages, […]

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This book examines systemic family therapy research, addressing key topics across the interrelated disciplines of psychotherapy, social work, and counseling. Drawing from contributions at the 2017 International Systemic Research Conference in Heidelberg, it includes both quantitative and qualitative research perspectives and outlines a wide array of approaches, using systems theory and constructivist epistemology. In addition, […]

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Digital Systemic Practices in Europe: a Survey before the Covid-19 Pandemic

Knowledge regarding digital practices in the field of systemic therapy is poor. A few surveys have been conducted in non‐European countries investigating the provision of digitally based therapy, counselling, training, and supervision by systemic family and couple therapists (SCFTs). Thus, a survey aiming to investigate the use of information and communication technology (ICT) among European […]

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