Keynote Speakers

Sue Johnson John Banmen
Florence Kaslow John Gottman Julie Gottman Sue Johnson John Banmen

Florence Kaslow

Florence Kaslow will open the 2012 Congress and help us celebrate IFTA’s 25th Anniversary. She was the founding and first president of IFTA and served on its Board for 16 years. Her distinguished career includes being Past President and on the editorial boards of many important organizations that have influenced the history of Family Therapy. She has conducted workshops in over 50 countries.

Currently Florrie is President of Kaslow Associates, a consulting firm; Director of the Florida Couples and Family Institute; and a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Psychology at the Florida Institute of Technology.

Dr. Kaslow is co-author of Painful Partings: Divorce and Its Aftermath (New York:  Wiley, 1997) with Dr. Lita L. Schwartz. Most recently she wrote a chapter for the Handbook of EMDR and Family Therapy Processes (co-edited with F. Shapiro and L. Maxfield, Wiley, 2007).

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Julie Gottman

Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman is a licensed Clinical Psychologist who was recently named Washington State Psychologist of the Year.  She is the co-founder and Clinical Director of The Gottman Institute where she co-teaches weekend workshops for couples and Advanced Training Workshops for therapists.  Dr. Julie Gottman is also the designer of Loving Couples Loving Children, a curriculum for couples suffering from the effects of poverty. At the Relationship Research Institute, she has co-designed a research study of treatment for minor domestic violence with her husband, Dr. John Gottman, for which she is the Clinical Director.  In addition, she has authored or co-authored three books and has been a frequent guest on radio and TV talk shows.  Dr. Julie Gottman also has a private clinical practice on Orcas Island, where she conducts weekly or intensive marathon therapy sessions for individuals or couples, and small couples group retreats.  Julie specializes in working with distressed couples, abuse and trauma survivors, those with substance abuse problems and their partners, as well as cancer patients and their families.

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John Gottman

John Gottman is world renowned for his work on marital stability and divorce prediction, involving the study of emotions, physiology, and communication. He was recently voted as one of the Top 10 Most Influential Therapists of the past quarter-century by the PsychoTherapy Networker publication. His 30 years of breakthrough research on marriage and relationships has earned him numerous major awards. He is the author of 190 published academic articles and author or co-author of 40 books. Dr. Gottman is the co-founder of The Gottman Institute where he currently teaches weekend workshops for couples and training workshops for clinicians. He is the Executive Director of the Relationship Research Institute, where they are completing a research project on the treatment of minor Domestic Violence. Dr. Gottman is also available for intensive marathon couples therapy on Orcas Island, where both John & Julie also offer weekend retreats for small groups of couples.

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Sue Johnson

Sue Johnson is a clinical psychologist, researcher, professor, author, popular presenter and one of the leading innovators in the field of couple therapy. She is one of the originators of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT), a powerful, tested intervention to help repair and build strong loving bonds.

Her professional books are among the leading texts on couples therapy. Her 2008 book was written for the general public, Hold Me Tight, Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love (Little Brown, New York). This book outlines her last 25 years of research and the new science of adult bonding.

Sue is the Director of the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICCEEFT) with ten affiliated Centers in North America and Europe. Sue holds professorships at Alliant International University in California (Distinguished Research Professor) and the University of Ottawa in Canada.

Sue has received numerous honors for her work, including the Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Couple and Family Therapy Award from AAMFT the Research in Family Therapy Award from AFTA, and is an invited Fellow of the APA. Sue has an active media presence.

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John Banmen

John Banmen, is internationally known as an author, therapist and educator. His training programs have taken him to over a dozen countries in Asia, Europe, South America and North America. John’s co-authored book, The Satir Model: Family Therapy and Beyond (1991), received the AAMFT/Satir Research and Education prize in 1994. He is editor of Meditations and Inspirations (1985), Meditations of Virginia Satir: Peace Within, Peace Between and Peace Among (2003), Applications of the Satir Growth Model (2006), Satir Transformational and Systemic Therapy (2007) and In Her Own Words (2008).

Dr. Banmen is the founding president of the BC Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, a former member of the Board of Directors of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), a former member of the Board of Directors of the BC Psychological Association, a member of the Board of Directors of the International Family Therapy Association and the Director of Training for the Satir Institute of the Pacific.

Dr. Banmen was recently, for four years, honorary Associate Professor at the University of Hong Kong and was on faculty at the University of British Columbia for 21 years. He is an Approved Supervisor with AAMFT and provides extensive supervision for counselors, psychotherapist and family therapists.  He also practices privately in Delta, British Columbia, Canada, with individuals and couples in family therapy.


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