#2 May 2007

A word from the President

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Welcome to this second Newsletter from the EFTA General Board. We have included updates from some of our member countries about changes to their social and health care policies. If you have not sent us some news from your country  – please do, as feedback so far suggests that our members really enjoy reading about what is happening around Europe!

We hope you have the dates of the next EFTA Congress in your diaries – 4-6 October, 2007, in Glasgow. We are sharing our Congress with the UK Association for Family Therapy, and we are very grateful to them for their financial support and encouragement. Visit our website We look forward to seeing you in October!

Best wishes

Arlene Vetere
President EFTA


Important figures of family therapy passed away

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the deaths of some of our great systemic pioneers, during 2007.  Please see their obituaries below.  If our EFTA members wish to write in honour of the contribution of our pioneers to our field, please contact us, as we should be most pleased to hear from you.

Tom Andersen
Ivan Boszmorneyi-Nagy (PDF 88 Ko)
Jay Haley (PDF 32 Ko)
Insoo Kim Berg
Vasso Vassiliou (PDF 100 Ko)
Paul Watzlawick (PDF 88 Ko) & read more and more
Lyman Wynne

About Austria

Psychotherapy law

Information by Corina Ahlers (PDF 32 Ko)

About France

Legislation re: the title of psychotherapist

Read the current state of play (PDF 36 Ko)
by Michel Maestre & Yveline Rey

About Europe

Survey on family therapy training programs

Results of a survey on training programs of EFTA institutes (PDF 104 Ko)
by Luigi Onnis on behalf of the Training Standard Committee of EFTA

Recognition of the profession of psychotherapist

Report of the last meeting of Mony Elkaïm and Annik Lambert with the European Commission (PDF 28 Ko)

The European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP) needs to identify cases where psychotherapists had problems with migration and/or decided not to move because of disproportionate compensations demanded by the EU Member state they wanted to move to.

If you had to face this problems please fill in the questionnaire (DOC 288 Ko)

About the UK

Mental Health Bill

Press release (PDF 12 Ko)
Opinion of the British Psychological Society (PDF 32 Ko)
Read more

Psychology, psychotherapy and counselling: Regulation

Lord Alderdice led a debate on 5 February in the House of Lords on the question of what progress has been made in the last six years towards the statutory regulation of psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors. Read more

High intensity interventions

Developing psychological therapy services in the South East
read the article (PDF 108 Ko)

New ways of working for applied psychologists

The Joint National Institute of Mental Health in England and the British Psychological Society’s Group has been established to explore how applied psychology can develop in a new way that takes account of the changing NHS workforce context.  Read more

Improving Access to Psychological Therapy

Therapy or therapist: Which or who contributes how much to patient outcome?
download the document (228 Ko)

Children and young people review

DFES / HM Treasury joint policy review of children and young people.  Read more


New guidance will improve mental health during and after pregnancy. Read more

We need to talk: the case for psychotherapy services on the NHS

This report has been produced by 5 independant agencies.  Read more



Russel Crane, Ph.D. just won the « Cumulative contributions to Marriage and Family Therapy Research Award 2007 of the American Association of Marital and Family Therapy. The award honors one member each year for continuous, meritorious and generative contribution to research in family therapy.

Jaakko Seikkula, Ph.D. from Finland was nominated on 1st September 2006 as Professor of psychotherapy at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland.

Arlene Vetere, Ph.D. was appointed Professor in Clinical Psychology, at the University of Surrey, United Kingdom.

Article of interest

A war on depression makes economic sense

Published in the Financial Times on January 8, 2007
Read the article


Research on Psychotherapy

Recently in it’s special issue (march 2007) the Psychotherapy Networker published a research project in America that gathered the opinion of 2598  therapists over the following questions: Over the last 25 years, which figures have most influenced your practice?  Cited among the ten most influential are: Salvador Minuchin, Virginia Satir, Murray Bowen, and  Milton Ericson.  Additionally, professionals were asked to inform about their own approaches to treatment: only  4.2 percent described themselves as using one model exclusively. The rest, 95.8 admitted to combining a variety of approaches.

The ranking is CBT, (68.7%), Marital and family systems ( 49.8 %) ranks second,  and « Mindfulness Therapy  » (41.4 %) third. The remark on systemic family therapy is « It seems likely then that while the family therapy revolution is now over – at least in all its doctrinal purity- the revolutionaries actually won, in that systems thinking has been incorporated by a broad swath of therapists all across the clinical spectrum.
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Informed by: Annette Kreuz

International congress

EFTA: Beyond oppositions: Individuals, Families, Communities

For futher information and to register visit:

Report: David Skorunka attended the Conference of the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR) and gave information on the further EFTA congress in Glasgow.  (PDF 48 ko)

EAP/FIAP: Humour and other strategies to survive emotional crisis

14-17 June 2007 in Florence (Italy)
more information