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AFT 2020 Symposium Events - CANCELLED 

  • AFT Bristol: Friday 1st May

  • AFT Manchester: Friday 18th September with AGM

Due to the current Coronavirus situation and Hotel closure, the Manchester Symposium has been cancelled by the Hotel.

We apologise for any inconvenience and hope you understand under the current circumstances.

AFT are currently exploring other options to offer some of the presentations as webinar in due course and will keep members informed as this develops via the monthly news email to members.

In the meantime, if you have any questions at all, please contact Mint Events on +44 (0)1270 750070 or email 

AFT Bristol 2020 symposium Friday 1st May - CANCELLED

Due to the current Coronavirus outbreak the AFT Bristol Symposium was cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience and hope you understand that It was necessary under the current circumstances.

Title: 'Working with couples: Navigating difference and sustaining connections'

Hosted by: West Country AFT

Keynote speakers: Janet Reibstein and Reenee Singh

'Constructing connections across cultures, creating connections within couples: The Intercultural Exeter Model'

Janet Reibstein is professor emerita in the School of Psychology at the University of Exeter.

Reenee Singh is the chief executive of the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice in the UK and the founding director of the London Intercultural Couples Centre where she is consultant family and systemic psychotherapist.

Workshops: There will be a range of workshops in the afternoon with the key theme of couples includIing: Working with LGBT couples; Working to reduce parental conflict; Couples work in the context of the NVR approach; and working with couples where there are serious risk or mental health issues.

AFT 2020 Manchester symposium day with AGM: Friday 18th September

Title: ‘Trauma – the emotional demands it makes on us as clinicians and the resources we draw on in our systemic practice to support families’

In the same way that trauma leaves traces in the neural pathways to the brain, its traces run through relationships in families, professional relationships within the clinic room and within organisational systems, all subject to geopolitical change and uncertainty. At each of these levels there is also the capacity for repair and regeneration – the sites for trauma are also sites for hope.

This symposium was to include a choice of workshops addressing the issue of trauma.

Hosted by: Manchester AFT

Venue: Renaissance Hotel Manchester city centre

Keynote speakers:

  • Ben Furman
  • Gerrilyn Smith
  • Jeremy Woodcock

Workshops presenters:

  • Ben Furman
  • Dzmitry Karpuk and Prof Tom Stoneham
  • Gillian Hughes, Arlette Kavanagh and Pat Gray
  • Mariangels Ferrer-Duch
  • Arlene Healey

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