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.


Training Programs at Five India, Bangalore in Jan 2011

Dear Friends,

We have been informed that “FIVE-Centre for child Development” Team is organising two International programs one each on  “The Other End of Autism Spectrum”  & ” Sensory Processing Disorder” in Jan 2011. The program would be conducted by  Timothy P. Kowalski &  Carol Stock Kranowitz, the two international experts on the issues respectively.

The program has been designed for parents, teachers and professionals in the field of child development. For details, please visit Childsupport.in