Keynote Speakers

Florence Kaslow photo

Carlos Sluzki
Florance Kaslow Ph.D. Carlos Sluzki, M.D.


Plenary Address
“The Evolution of Family Therapy Around the World”
30th IFTA Anniversary Speaker and Founding President

Florence Kaslow will open the 2017 Congress and help us celebrate IFTA’s 30th 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 Florence 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).


Plenary Address
“The impact of authoritarian regimes on families… and on therapists.”

Dr. Carlos Sluzki is Clinical Professor Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.  He is also Professor Emeritus at the Department of Global and Community Health, at George Mason University (2004 on, Emeritus since June 2014) and also at the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution there (2002 on, Emeritus since June 2014). 

A Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Dr. Sluzki began his training at the Mental Research Institute (MRI) in Palto Alto, CA.  He has served numerous journal editorial positions and has had an extensive involvement with the Pan American Health Organization (WHO).  Dr. Sluzki has been a president, keynote speaker  (including IFTA Congresses), a member of organizing and scientific committees in many professional congresses in the fields of Psychiatry, Mental Health, Human Rights, and Family Therapy in the US, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.  Carlos joins an IFTA Congress once again as a keynote speaker. 


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