2016 AFT Annual Conference

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AFT annual conference 2016 

in association with Sussex AFT

Making waves: Diverse conversations by the sea

Thursday 15th to Saturday 17th September 2016

The Old Ship Hotel, Brighton seafront, Sussex

Keynote presenters

Please click here for the programme 

We are pleased to advise that we now have details of workshops and the abstracts can be viewed here.   

Please click here for the venue

Brighton prides itself on being a vibrant, diverse and inclusive city, with a reputation for welcoming people from different walks of life.

Systemic family psychotherapy has a strong tradition of respecting difference and making space for marginalised voices to be heard.

We welcome you to a conference by the sea that reflects and builds upon a willingness to embrace these themes. Here we can continue to develop our practice through creative and collaborative conversations, where new ideas can develop in the form of criticism and innovation, making waves through dialogue in our profession.

We hope to explore issues of difference and diversity in all aspects of our work. We want to embrace the multiple meanings and numerous voices in our working contexts, including the tensions and the discomforts. We hope to recognise and affirm the specificity and individuality of families and of family therapists.
We will be welcoming workshop submissions that reflect these themes, in particular:

  • addressing diversity
  • hearing marginalised voices
  • challenging established practices and institutions

Through our divergent thinking, we hope to make waves – waves that can both comfort and reassure, challenge and provoke.

The deadline for submitting workshops has now closed.

Conference full other than Thursday and Saturday day delegate!!.  Please Book here.


Member Thursday day delegate not including dinner £45.
Member Saturday day delegate £95
Non-Member Saturday day delegate £110
Family therapy student - Day Delegate Friday or Saturday £75 


2017 AFT conferences

Independent Practice: the energy and excitement of working in multiple contexts

The Aspens Committee are pleased to present a one day AFT conference on 

Monday 30th January 2017, outer London

A day to join with others in an exploration of the joys, dilemmas and challenges of working in contexts outside of the statutory sector.  

Further details to follow.  


2017 Annual Conference:  14 - 16th September in Dunblane, Scotland

"Wide Open Spaces: working creatively and staying connected"

with Alan Carr, Peter Rober, Ben Furman

We have chosen this title in part to reflect the geography of Scotland. Whilst Scotland may be famous for its scenery, waters, mountains, Irn Bru and whisky the geography of Scotland adds perhaps a different layer of context to consider. From working systemically on the Island of Orkney to working systemically in the East end of Glasgow there will be many similarities but also differences that are important to consider. It is not unusual to find a family therapist in Scotland whose closest family therapy neighbour is over a days travel away. Our aim is to create a conference that allows systemic practice across diverse contexts throughout the UK to come together. To create connections across the time frame of family therapy that highlights the connections between older and newer developments. A particular focus is on creating a context that allows systemic practitioners from all stages of training to feel welcome and to celebrate the important contributions that all levels of systemic practice can have.
We can confirm that Peter Rober, Alan Carr and Ben Furman will be presenting at the conference and we look forward to receiving applications for workshops later in the year.
Further details to follow.

Travel Information
Dunblane is within easy commuting distance from both Glasgow and Edinburgh
By Car
32 miles from Glasgow
42 miles from Edinburgh
By Train
If you book early there are some great prices by rail and you can come into Glasgow or Edinburgh
Manchester to Glasgow RTN from as low as £33
Birmingham to Glasgow RTN from as low as £100
London to Glasgow RTN from as low as £102
London to Edinburgh RTN from as low as £72
Glasgow or Edinburgh to Dunblane by train is around 1 hour and under £20 for a return journey
By Air

London to Glasgow RTN from £50
London to Edinburgh RTN from £50
Birmingham to Glasgow RTN from £80
Birmingham to Edinburgh RTN from £80
Manchester to Glasgow RTN from £115
Manchester to Edinburgh RTN from £80

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