Our 2013 AFT annual conference took place from the 19th to the 22nd in London and London AFT did us proud. It was described by many delegates as a wonderful conference providing an exciitng, vibrant and rich experience.
On the Thursday afternoon, prior to our AGM, the themes of Hope and Resilience were eloquently expressed by the Cockburn family, when Patrick, Henry and Jan read from their moving and heartfelt book “Henry’s Demons”.
The following morning the opening ceremony invited us in a powerful and moving way, through music and drama, to engage with the themes of Hope and Resilience.
These themes wound their way through the conference in varied and unexpected ways, culminating in an engaging and transformational closing ceremony, where our messages of hope were carried symbolically into the future.
Thank you to all those who attended and made it so successful.
2013 Programme giving abstracts of workshops and time-table.
Powerpoints received from presenters
~Reenee Singh: Loving across Border Control
-Hannah Sherbersky & Janet Reibstein: The Exeter Model - couple therapy for depression
The theme being “IRREVERENCE” - “With due respect to Gianfrance Cecchin and the Milan Associates, we had an idea of wanting to put together a conference that would be organized around freeing ourselves from the limitations of our own theoretical schools of thought and those familiar hypotheses we make use of with the families we work with. We thought, how about bringing together some ideas from different therapeutic modalities and entering into the experience of the event by not taking our own position too seriously and encouraging an atmosphere of respectful humour, with an openness to alternate perspectives and thinking about the relationship between.
This is not a search for the answer – more one of discovering some answers amongst many possible answers that may be ones you might want to try out and see how they fit.”