2012 International Family Therapy Congress
In late March, 320 psychotherapists from 36 countries met in Vancouver for the 2012 International Family Therapy Congress. Green Light Institute was represented by Susan Chapman, who presented our model for transforming the focus of relationship from ‘me-first’ to ‘we-first’. ( Look at our poster for more information on this). Auspiciously there was much discussion at the Congress about the latest research on mindfulness and relationship and our work on communication fits neatly into this new spotlight. Two of the keynote speakers were John Gottman, acclaimed for his work in predicting the longevity of marriage based on the ratio of negativiy in communication, and Sue Johnson, well known for emotionally focussed therapy. A variety of workshops discussed spirituality and mindfulness, diversity, and the role of family therapists in creating a new paradigm ( ‘we-first’) for divorce and separation as an alternative to the rancor of the courtroom. It feels as though there is a groundswell of interest in this work and we’re priviledged to be part of it. Susan’s book The Five Keys To Mindful Communication made it’s debut at the Congress bookstore, two weeks before it’s official publication date.