How is family and systemic therapy different from individual therapy?

We’re pleased to invite you to the first of three interactive webinars that will focus on demystifying family and systemic therapy and provide an overview of the core ideas and practices.



26 November 2020

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
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Family and systemic therapy is perhaps the most exciting and effective of all the forms of psychotherapeutic intervention.

Research now clearly indicates that family-based interventions are among the most effective and enduring for a diverse range of problems. This is especially the case for children and adolescents, particularly for treatment of depression and suicide, complex trauma and neglect, juvenile justice and addictions, out-of-home care and foster-care, anorexia, a broad range of behavioral problems, and chronic illness.

An expanding evidence base is showing that family, systemic, and community interventions are also highly effective for parents who may be dealing with trauma, major mental illness, anxiety and depression, addiction and substance abuse, social withdrawal, and grief and loss.

Several studies also indicate that family and systemic therapy is an extremely effective addition to conventional treatment for eating disorders, and for major mental and physical illness, including palliative care.

Register for this interactive webinar for an overview of evidence-based insights regarding the effectiveness of family and systemic therapy interventions, particularly with children and adolescents.

Date: 26 November 2020
Time: 5.00 – 6.30pm
Location: Online webinar

Keynote Speaker: Dr Sophie Holmes, Program Director, Master of Family and Systemic Therapy

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About your speaker

Dr Sophie Holmes

Dr Sophie Holmes 

BA(Hons), Dip. Ed, M.Ed.Psych, Ph.D., MAPS 

Dr Holmes is the Program Director for ACU’s Master of Family and Systemic Therapy and the Director of Williamsroad Family Therapy Centre.

She is a specialist psychologist and is an Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency endorsed counselling, educational and developmental psychologist.

Sophie is the founding secretary to the board of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA). She served on the board for 10 years, initially the as Secretary and then the Chair of the Ethics Committee, and over that period she was the Australian Association of Family Therapy (AAFT) delegate to the PACFA Council.

Sophie is also a former president of the AAFT and served two terms as treasurer, retiring from that position in 2015. Her years of experience as a clinical family therapist and supervisor, her contribution to the field of family therapy, and her training and knowledge of teaching processes in family therapy fulfil the criteria set by AAFT for a person qualified to hold the position of director of an accredited course of training in family therapy.

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