IAFT announces workshop on “Just Therapy Approach” on 13-14 Jan 2012 at Delhi, India

Dear Colleagues,

Here is an important announcement from Indian Association for Family Therapy for your information:

Post-Conference Workshop

The ‘Just Therapy’ Approach: Utilising cultural, gender, spiritual and socio-economic contexts in Family Therapy

Hosted by School of Mental Health, VIMHANS

13 & 14 January 2012

Trainer: Charles Waldegrave

‘Just Therapy’ is a reflective approach to systemic therapy developed by workers at the Family Centre in Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand.  It has taken the understanding of systems’ dynamics to a canvas beyond just the family system and developed ways to use the larger systems for healing and change in the consulting room. A fundamental feature of ‘Just Therapy’ is that it addresses directly the broad cultural, gender, social, spiritual, economic and psychological contexts underlying the problems experienced by those with whom therapists work. It embodies the Family Centre philosophy and commitment to cultural, gender and socio-economic equity regarding who receives the resources of therapy and the processes of delivering therapy.  There is a deep belief that these contextual issues provide important insights into authentic notions of wellbeing and healing.

This workshop will present the conceptual framework of this approach alongwith demonstrations and activities to engage the participants with how to use and incorporate the key values and professional stances of this approach. In order to help the transfer of the learnings after the workshop, a substantial amount of conceptual material will be shared.


The participating professionals will:

  • become oriented in the usage of the Just therapy Approach in clinical and community work and conceptually competent in the approach.
  • develop deeper awareness of the context and the meaning attributed to experiences, viz. larger issues interplaying with presenting issues in the family/couple system and become more equipped to incorporate these issues in their work.
  • develop their ability of reflectiveness about the work with a family/couple system
  •  build clarity and personal articulation about the values, ethics and contexts of therapy and the role of therapy and therapists more broadly in society.

For Whom

Psychologists, psychotherapists, family and child therapists, couples therapists, social workers, counselors, faculty of psychology departments of colleges and Universities, researchers in the disciplines of Psychology, Cross-cultural studies and Social Policy, post-graduate students from the mental health disciplines.

About Charles Waldegrave

Charles Waldegrave is a pioneering New Zealand family therapist and one of the founders of the ‘Just Therapy’ approach of the Family Centre in Wellington. He holds 2 MAs and his professional orientation is post-structural family therapy.  Just Therapy is practiced throughout the world and the key professionals of the Family Centre regularly run international workshops on the Just Therapy approach.  In 2007 the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA) presented the Just Therapy team with an award for a ‘Distinguished Contribution to Social Justice’.

Charles is also a psychologist and social policy researcher.  Alongside his therapeutic work, he leads the Family Centre Social Policy Research Unit (FCSPRU) and is a joint leader of the New Zealand Poverty Measurement Project (NZPMP) and the New Zealand Longitudinal Study on Ageing (NZLSA) research programmes.

More information about the approach and Charles Waldegrave can be found at their website : http://www.familycentre.org.nz

Fee:       IAFT Members: Rs. 3500/-                                           Non-Members: Rs. 4,000/-

The fee includes all handouts, lunches, tea/coffee and the Certificate of participation.

Please send fee  (by cheque or DD payable in Delhi) to:  Dr. Indu Kaura, Secretary, IAFT

D – 6, Vikas Puri, New Delhi – 110018.


About  IAFT:

The Indian Association for Family Therapy was founded at the initiative of visionary psychologists and child development professionals in May 1991 in New Delhi. Formally registered in 1994, the IAFT has created a collective space and forum for professionals from the fields of Psychology, Social Work, Education, Human Development and Allied Health Services.

The membership of IAFT has grown over the past 2 decades to span a number of cities in India and abroad. It is committed to furthering the knowledge, practice and cultural adaptation of family therapy, couples therapy and a systems approach in India.


1. Study group meetings / Clinical case forums for theory and practice learning.

2. Seminars, workshops and trainings by active family therapists.

3. National and International level Conferences.

4. Maintenance of a library of books, journals, papers and videotapes.


National Symposium on Treatment and Rehabilitation of CP Child

Dear Friends,

Kiran Society, Benaras is organizing a National Symposium on Treatment & Rehabilitation of CP Child  on 07th November 2010 (though I suggest it should be child first approach – child or children with cerebral palsy).

Ranjeet Kumar Singh, a colleague DT who works with Kiran Village  has shared this information with us. Here is the brief information. I know many of you might be interested in attending this symposium and listening to the experts assembling from across the nation. For those of you who have not been to Benaras, here is the address: KIRAN Centre, P.O. Kuruhuan Madhopur, Post Box 5032, Varanasi-221005 (U.P.) INDIA Phone No. +91- 542 -2670165 & 2670166

Here are the details:

National Symposium on Treatment & Rehabilitation of CP Child

Venue: K. N. UDUPA Auditorium, Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi- 221005, Uttar Pradesh

Proposed Program:

H. 9 -10 : Welcome of the President and the Director of Kiran Society (5 min.)

H. 10 -13: Defining the Problem:

1) Introduction by the Chairman. Co-Chairman Dr. A. Martinuzzi
(Prof. B.D. Bhatia, Paed. Dep. BHU, Varanasi) (10 min.)

2) Cerebral Palsy: Description, Diagnosis, Prevention.
(Dr. Rajniti Prasad, Paed. Dep. BHU) (20 min.)

3) Cerebral Palsy: Treatment and Rehabilitation
( Dr. Anupam Gupta , Psych. & Neurol. Rehab, NIMHANS, Bangalore) (40 min.)

4) Cerebral Palsy: Rehabilitation Approaches Worldwide and W.H.O. Guidelines.
(Dr. A. Martinuzzi, La Nostra Famiglia, Italy/ W.H.O.) (30 min.)

5) Cerebral Palsy: Rehabilitation Services in India: gaps in relation to needs.
(Dr. Sunanda Reddy, CARENIDHI, Delhi) (20 min.)

6) Panel Discussion
( All Morning Session Speakers, National Trust Chairperson, IICP ) (1 h.)

H. 13 – 14: Lunch

H. 14 – 17: Solutions and Strategies:

1) Opening Remarks by Chairperson. Co-Chairman Dr. A. Gupta
(Dr. Poonam Nathrajan) (10 min.)

2) National Trust Vision.
(Ms. Poonam Natrajan, Chairperson, National Trust, Delhi) (20 min.)

3) The Experience of A.A.D.I.
(Ms. Charu Lekha, Action For Ability Development and Inclusion, Delhi) (20 min.)

4) The Experience of a Community Based Rehabilitation in West Bengal
(Mr. M.B. Chetri, Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy, Calcutta) (20 min.)

5) Experience in Uttar Pradesh
(Dr. Sw. Varishtananda, Ramakrishna Mission Home of Service, Varanasi) (20 min.)

6) Panel Discussion
(All Afternoon Session Speakers, Dr. A. Martinuzzi, Dr. S. Reddy, Kiran Centre Rep.) ( 1h.)

7) Vote of Thanks and Closing Ceremony
( Kiran Centre Director, Ms. J.K. Sangeeta) (10 min.)

A new dawn in the disability research and ethics

Dear Friends,

Many in the hearing-impaired community have rejected cochlear implants, because they do not regard deafness as a disability that needs to be corrected, but as a part of their life and cultural identity. To them, cochlear implants are an enhancement beyond normal functioning.

Science can replace all organs but the machanised interface may develop frictions.  Machines and computer fail at times. Who is responsible in such cases- machine or man. How to fix the criminal liability.

Offences under the influence of external forces are often excused as Men’s rea is difficult to be proved in the criminal justice. Revolving around these issues, the new research – its impact on disability and ethics is bound to spruce up.

Hope it will provide a wonderful reading to you. The article is by  Jens Clausen, who is a research assistant at the Institute for Ethics and History of Medicine, Tubingen, Germany

To respect copyright laws, the article is not repeated here. Click here to visit the link at DNA. Man, machine and everything in between


Subhash Chandra Vashishth

Developmental Therapist

Soon, Artificial Sperm and Eggs

Dear friends,

It seems that it would soon be possible to completely route out genes causing illness & disability with the success of researchers in transforming embryonic stem cells in to germ cells.  Happy reading!


SC Vashishth, Developmental Therapist



Soon, Artificial Sperm and Eggs 

November 01, 2009

Researchers have successfully transformed human embryonic stem cells into germ cells in a breakthrough discovery. Germ cells are the embryonic cells that ultimately give rise to sperm and eggs

The breakthrough will allow researchers to observe human germ cells-previously inaccessible-in laboratory dishes.


This achievement opens a new window into what was only recently a hidden stage of human development. Laboratory observation of human germ cells has the potential to yield important clues to the origins of unexplained infertility and to the genesis of many birth defects and chromosomal disorders,” Nature quoted Dr. Susan B. Shurin, acting director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), as saying.

Dr. Reijo Pera, the study’s senior author, explained that the ability to observe germ cells in laboratory cultures opens up several promising new avenues of research.

Although infertility is apparent only after sexual maturity, many forms of unexplained infertility are thought to have their origins in errors that occur in the cells of the early embryo, she said.

The research also advances the prospect of creating synthetic sperm and eggs in the laboratory to allow men and women who make none to have their own genetic children.

This, however, remains at least five years away, and would have to clear significant ethical and safety hurdles. The use of artificial gametes in reproduction was banned in Britain last year. Another potential benefit could be insights into spontaneous genetic mutations that cause disease and disability.

The researchers began with human embryonic stem cells, to which they added a gene that makes a protein which flashes green when a gene found only in germ cells is turned on.

After the embryonic stem cells grew and changed for two weeks, the researchers isolated the cells that flashed green.

The researchers next conducted a variety of tests to confirm that the green fluorescing cells behaved like germ cells.

Once convinced that their cells were in fact germ cells, the researchers turned on and off several candidate genes to see if those genes played a role in the development of stem cells into immature germ cells.

And they found that one candidate gene, called DAZL, was necessary to transform embryonic stem cells into germ cells.

The results of the study were published online in Nature.