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and the AFT board of directors and trustees met on 20th January. This year, a key issue for consideration is to review our complaints policy and process, to make this quicker and easier for all concerned. A new development soon to be launched is our new website: we will be sending all members details about this, including how to log in to the members-only area. As part of our website development, we are reviewing the information and resources we have available to members and service users. The diversity, equal opportunities and Inclusivity committee are also working hard to fi nalise an equal opportunities policy- document for the organisation and their work on focus groups. The registration committee will be


conducting CPD reviews in the spring for any AFT members registered with UKCP who have not had a CPD review since 2008. The registration committee would like to inform all members about some confusion with CRB checks. A number of members do not have a check for either the ISA children’s list or the ISA vulnerable adults’ list: these appear on the CRB enhanced disclosure as “not requested”. As the position of a family and systemic psychotherapist may well involve working with both groups, it is important a request for these is ticked on the application form. There is no additional charge for this. We realise the completion of the application form is often in the hands of the human resources department, but the CRB do say it is your responsibility to ensure the relevant boxes are ticked as part of your verifi cation and declaration on the application. Please be aware of this when you apply for your next CRB check. We are very pleased that, at the end of


2011, the number of AFT members had risen to 2098. We look forward to engaging with our membership through Context, our email newsletters, branches, conferences and the new website. Please do contact us with any thoughts or issues you have about the organisation.


Sue Jones, chair


CALL FOR WORKSHOP PROPOSALS and paper presentations


We are now inviting workshop submissions for our


AFT 2012 conference to be held from the 13th to 15th September 2012 at the Redwood Lodge Hotel and Country Club near Bristol


(www.brook-hotels.co.uk/hotels/redwood-hotel-country-club-bristol) on the theme of


New f ontiers, new challenges: Harnessing


family therapy’s capacity to be fl exible, to renew its ideas creatively and always be a source of innovation and integration


As we go “boldly” into the world of cyber relationships, virtual therapy, integrative approaches, changing family forms, new communities, social enterprises, belt-tightening, and the search for evidence – how does family and systemic psychotherapy retain its core values whilst being inspired by new ideas, theories and ways of working?


Keynote presentations – Erik Van Der Elst, Rodolfo de Bernart


There will also be a panel on Integrative Practice – chaired by Mark Rivett


• You may wish to present a 1 ¼ to 1 ½ hour workshop relevant to the theme


• Alternatively you may present a short 30 minute presentation – 20 minutes plus question time, as one of a group of three workshop presentations.


Please submit your workshop proposal by 23rd March 2012.


A workshop proposal form is available on the AFT website or from the AFT offi ce, email offi ce@aft.org.uk Workshop presenters will receive a discount on the conference fee. A booking form for the conference will be available on the website from early March.


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