Congress Information

The 2022 World Family Therapy Congress of the International Family Therapy Association managed by World Family Therapy Congresses.

Congress Event Management (Proposals, exhibits and Registration):

Event Manager: Doug Tschopp

Program Chair: John Lawless

Chief Financial Officer: Fred Jefferson

IFTA General Secretary: William Hiebert +309-786-4491

The official language of the meeting is English. Workshops may be presented in English or Spanish.

All proposals for presentations are to be in English. If the workshop will be in Mandarin or Japanese, the proposal must have an English title and English short description in addition to the title and short description in either Mandarin Chinese and Japanese. All the requests will be considered. Proposals will be approved on a "rolling" basis; that is, they will be evaluated as they are submitted. The proposals will either be accepted, placed on a waiting list or denied during the entire proposal process. Deadline is published on the homepage. Do not wait until the deadline to submit!

Informal for all occasions.

The organizers will be pleased to provide a letter of invitation to any pre-registered and paid participant requesting one. It is to be understood that such an invitation is intended to help potential participants raise travel funds or obtain a visa. This will be sent by email. It is not a commitment on the part of the Congress to provide any financial support.

The congress organizers cannot accept liability for personal injuries sustained, or for loss or damage of property belonging to congress participants (or their accompanying persons), either during, or as a result of the congress.

Due to international hotel policies, IFTA has to begin making payments for attendees in July of each year. By December, IFTA has paid for your attendance at the Congress. Thus, for the 2022 World Congress in San Juan, Puerto Rico, participants who have to cancel their participation will forfeit most of their registration money. To protect against this possible loss, we have arranged for Alianz to offer coverage for your Congress Registration fee and your flight and anything else you might wish to cover. More information about Trip Insurance can be found here.

Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States and thus, a visa is not required for citizens of United States. We suggest a passport valid for 6 months past then entry date.

All non-American passport holders are required to have a valid passport, and for some countries, a visa is required.  It is the responsibility of the participant to obtain a visa if required. See the Puerto Rico website for more information.

Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport also known as San Juan Airport and Isla Verde International Airport, serves San Juan in Puerto Rico, being the busiest airport in the Caribbean by passenger traffic and its main gateway.

The IATA code is  SJU and the ICAO code is  TJSJ.  SJU Airport is located in Carolina, 3 miles (5 km) southeast of downtown San Juan.  For more information on transportation, visit airport transportation.

Travel to Toyama can be by airplane through either Narita Airport or Hanita Airport.  High-speed express train also travel between Tokyo and Toyama frequently and depart from the downtown central train station.  Travel time by train is approximately 2 hours. 

The currency in Puerto Rico is the US dollar.

Automatic cash dispensers accepting Visa, Eurocard/Mastercard, American Express credit cards and Maestro Cirrus or Visa Electron debit cards are situated at all main banks, town centres, hotels, bigger stores, airports and the railway station.

All major credit cards, such as Mastercard/Eurocard, Visa, American Express, Diners etc., are accepted in most hotels, restaurants and shops.

In Puerto Rico the standard voltage is 120 V and the frequency is 60 Hz . US residentscan use your electric appliances in Puerto Rico, because the standard voltage (120 V) is the same as in the United States of America.

Which power plugs and sockets in Puerto Rico?
Check on plugs and adapters need in San Juan here.

Puerto Rico is in the Atlantic Standard Time Zone, which is an hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time. Since Puerto Rico does not observe Daylight Savings Time, from March through September the time on the island is the same as Eastern Standard Time.

Daytime temperatures usually reach 29°C (84°F) in San Juan, Puerto Rico in April with high heat and humidity, falling to 21°C at night. How sunny is it in Puerto Rico in April? There are normally 9 hours of bright sunshine each day in San Juan, Puerto Rico in April - that's 71% of daylight hours.

Visitors to Puerto Rico must complete a Travel Declaration Form through the Puerto Rico Health Department's online portal at and provide proof of a negative PCR molecular COVID-19 test result obtained no more than 72 hours prior to arrival to avoid quarantine.

We are monitoring the guidelines as they may well change before the congress. Puerto Rico travel guidelines.