Manchester meeting Final Agenda & Orientation

Dear Representatives,

Our annual meeting is a short few days away and we are sending this communication with the chamber agenda as an orientation document for the meeting.

This year the NFTO chamber is joining the Association of Family Therapy (AFT) conference in Manchester. This conference is a large international event beginning with an optional pre-conference dinner on the 12th of September. The conference itself begins on  Thursday 13th September and ends on Friday the 14th September. The Association of Family Therapy and the Manchester organizers have very generously provided free registration to the conference for all NFTO representatives who are attending.

Our NFTO agenda and schedule has been devised to give delegates the maximum opportunity to join the conference activities on Thursday and Friday. Registration begins for the conference on Thursday morning where you will receive your conference badge and materials.  On Thursday evening between 1800- 1900 We will have an NFTO- EFTA gathering where we can connect as a group prior to the conference dinner, for those who have signed up for the conference dinner there will be some designated NFTO tables for us.

The main sections of the NFTO meeting  are set out here:

On Friday morning there is the opportunity to meet with the AFT delegates informally at the breakfast meeting. This is an optional extra meeting for you and there is a charge for breakfast payable on the registration system.  Starting at 9:30 am we will have our first chamber plenary session. We have been invited as a chamber to present a workshop at the conference and this will be led by David Amias and Julia Hardy. The title is Home and Homeland: Evolving European Identities. In this plenary we will be finalizing preparations, outlining the workshop and your participation within it as national representatives. The abstract is included at the end of this document. The workshop will take place between 11:45 and 13:00, following this there are three optional activities and at 8:00 pm an option to join with the AFT board for dinner in a local restaurant.

On Saturday 15th  we will be meeting as a chamber from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm. Please note this is in a different venue: The Manchester Conference Centre Sackville Street.

The agenda for the chamber meeting is included with this document.

On Sunday the 16th  there will be an optional feedback session in the lobby of the Mercure Piccadilly for those who are not departing early this will be from 9:30- 11:15.

We are looking forward to meeting with you all.

On behalf of the NFTO Board

Monica Whyte




Home and Homeland: Evolving European Identities


Abstract:  Many countries across Europe are experiencing uncertainty, apprehension, and anxiety about the future, not least the UK with its decision to leave the EU.  Whether it is the disillusionment with mainstream politics, the rise of populist parties, the fear of new migrants or other concerns, there is an underlying sense that life in Europe is not as it was and while some are hopeful and excited about a new dawn, many are pessimistic. This is also reflected at the personal level where this fluidity (‘liquid modernity’ according to Bauman) challenges our ideas about ourselves: our sense of belonging, nationality, identity, continuity, borders, and boundaries. Without the more homogeneous culture of former times, we are challenged more than ever to work out on our own how to live our lives and raise our children, where we earlier could rely on a common culture, on deep social roots and sharing a common history. This workshop will ask participants to reflect on what home and homeland means to them and offer an opportunity for Europeans to reflect together on what we have in common and what barriers keep us apart.



David has developed some focus questions to aid in preparing for the workshop:

How do you identify as a European?
What are your hopes and fears about your homeland and its place in Europe?
To what extent does anxiety about the future at the political level influence your practice as a family therapist?
Maturana famously said: ‘change is happening all the time’, arguing that we must embrace this inevitability and incorporate it in our systemic thinking. Have recent changes challenged your ideas about Europe and what it means to be European? If so, what have you learned and how might you share these new understandings with people from other parts of Europe?



Annual Meeting.



Location: Manchester Mercure Picadilly Hotel, M1 4PH United Kingdom.


Thursday, September 13thth 2018

10:30- 17:30 AFT Conference Programme

  • The conference is complimentary for NFTO representatives.


  • NFTO- EFTA Gathering International suite Mercure Piccadilly Hotel.
  • Introduction and welcoming of new members and NFTO representatives.


20:00 Conference dinner  

Friday, September 14th, 2018

8:30- NFTO Chamber breakfast meeting

  • Meeting members of AFT

9:30 – 1st plenary NFTO chamber

  • Preparation for the NFTO workshop at the AFT conference

11:15 Coffee break

11:45 – 13:00 EFTA NFTO workshop at the AFT conference. Home and Homeland: Evolving European Identities.  

13:00 -14:00 Lunch

  • Option 1 Choice of Workshops & closing Plenary
  • Option 2 Beatles tour Liverpool ( Pre-sign up required fee £20)
  • Option 3 Walking tour Manchester ( No Charge)

20:00 NFTO chamber-AFT board members dinner in a local restaurant ( Self Paying)


Saturday, September  15th NFTO Chamber 2nd Plenary session


9:30- 11:15 Please note this is in a different venue: The Manchester Conference Centre Sackville Street.

  • The business section of the meeting: Reports from Chairperson, Secretary, and Treasurer.
  • Update on EFTA 2019 conference.
  • Update on 2019 chamber meeting

11:15 Coffee break

11:45 – 13:00

  • Deciding on the way of working and focus. Topics include EAP grandparenting, development of NFTO, using our voice effectively and NFTO national profile update.

13:00 -14:00 Lunch

14:00-17:00 Plenary session

Sunday, September 16th

9:30 – 11:15

  • Optional Feedback meeting Manchester Piccadilly lobby area.