The iefsh2017 Congress starts in

State of the Strategic Therapy

This congress will enlighten us as to the current prosperity of strategic therapies as well as to their potential related to the evolution of the systemic approach.

It will also offer delegates a number of theoretical concepts and new tools for their day-to-day practice.

22 Speakers from 11 countries

22 Speakers from 11 countries over 2 days.
Sessions dedicated to questions at the forefront of latest developements, lively discussions and
a Coktail for the first 400 registered.

Practical informations

ULB - Building K Avenue Adolphe Buyl 87 - 1000 Ixelles (Brussels)

Contact :

> 4th & 5th September 2017

> from 09:00 to 18:15

> Doors opening at 08:00

The Speakers Meet all the speakers for this 2017 edition of the iefsh Congress.
Mony Elkaïm

Mony Elkaïm

Honorary Professor at the Free University of Brussels

A systemic approach to feelings

The feelings experienced by a psychotherapist during a therapy are linked, but not reducible, to him or her. These feelings, which are emerging within a given therapeutic system, have a function for that system. This will be evidenced through the simulation of a first family therapy session.


Mony ELKAÏM M.D. is a Psychiatrist and a Psychotherapist. He is Honorary Professor at the Free University of Brussels and consultant at the department of psychiatry of the Erasmus University Hospital, Brussels. He is the Director of the “Institute for Family and Human Systems Studies” (Brussels) as well as of “ELKAIM FORMATIONS” (Paris), the President of the French speaking section of the “Belgian Group of Systemic Psychotherapists Trainers” and of the “Training Institutes Chambers” of EFTA, and the Honorary President of the European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP – Vienna). He is also an approved supervisor under the Founders Track of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the Director of the Journal “Cahiers Critiques de Thérapie Familiale et de Pratiques de Réseaux” (ed. De Boeck, Belgium) and the author of numerous publications.

Wendel Ray

Wendel Ray

Professor of Family System Theory; Marriage and Family Therapy and Systemic Studies Programs

Palo Alto Group : essential principles in systemic therapy

Fundamental concepts central to present day systemic practice will be described in this brief presentation. The connection between present day systemic practice and research conducted during the 1950s and 1960s by the Palo Alto Group and the Mental Research Institute (MRI) will be outlined. Contributions of Palo Alto Group members Gregory Bateson, Don Jackson MD, John Weakland, Jay Haley and William Fry, Richard Fisch, Paul Watzlawick, Virginia Satir and others will be featured.


Wendel A. Ray, PhD, is Spyker Endowed Chair and Professor of Family System Theory; Marriage and Family Therapy and Systemic Studies Programs; School of Health Professions; College of Health and Pharmaceutical Sciences; The University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM); Director of the Don D. Jackson Archive; Senior Research Fellow, Mental Research Institute (MRI).


  • ULB
    Building K

  • 4th & 5th September 2017
    09:00 to 18:15

  • 800 seats

  • Cocktail on the 4th evening
    at the Brussels City Hall

09:00 Introduction

Mony Elkaïm, Jacques Pluymaekers,
Wendel Ray & Sophie Suberville

09:30 Session 1 - President : Jana Sutton (USA)

09.30 - 10.15
Giorgio Nardone (Italy)

The self, the other and the world : a constant systemic interaction requiring strategic capabilities.

10.15 - 10.45
Jean-Jacques Wittezaele (Belgium)

The systemic and strategic operative diagnosis (DOSS).

10.45 - 11.00

11.00 - 11.30 Coffee break

11:30 Session 2 - President : Jacques Pluymaekers (Belgium)

11.30 - 12.00
Ilka Hoffmann-Bisinger (Germany)

Internal images : a missing link in systemic therapy ?

12.00 - 12.30
Stefan Geyerhofer (Austria)

Taming the monsters : externalization of problems and its application in systemic psychotherapy, counselling and psychoeducation.

12.30 - 12.45

14:15 Session 3 - President : Mony Elkaïm (Belgium)

14.15 - 14.45
Sophie Suberville (USA)

MRI : where are we today ?

14.45 - 15.45
Wendel Ray (USA)

Palo Alto Group : essential principles in systemic therapy.

15.45 - 16.00

16.00 - 16.30 Coffee break

16:30 Session 4 - President : Abbas Makké (Lebanon)

16.30 - 17.00
Camillo Loriedo (Italy)

Toward a theory of simplicity : from the complications of dysfunctional systems to complex therapeutic simplifications.

17.00 - 18.00
Mony Elkaïm (Belgium)

A systemic approach to feelings.

18.00 - 18.15

The cocktail will be held at the Brussels City Hall and will be restricted to the 400 participants who registered earliest.

09:00 Session 1 - President : Alain Marteaux (Belgium)

09.00 - 09.30
David Hale (USA)

Systems theory : epistemology not technique

09.30 - 10.00
Kyriaki Polychroni (Greece)

Emotions as the ‘Heart of the Matter’ in couple and family therapy:
focusing on the ‘Within’ and the ‘Between’

10.00 - 10.30
Edith Goldbeter (Belgium)

The presence of absent in therapy

10.30 - 10.45

10.45 - 11.15 Coffee break

11:15 Session 2 - President : Pierre Asselin (Canada)

11.15 - 11.45
Linda Roy (Canada)

Serious illness, a moment of relationship crisis.

11.45 - 12.15
Isabelle Meignant (France)

Working with the EMDR systemic model in couple therapy.

12.15 - 12.30

14:00 Session 3 - President : Geneviève Platteau (Belgium)

14.00 - 14.30
Peter Rober (Belgium)

The family members’ feedback and the alliance in family therapy.

14.30 - 15.00
Per Jensen (Norway)

Mind the Map: circular processes between the therapist, the client, and the therapist’s personal life.

15.00 - 15.30
Tabara Sylla (Senegal)

The family in therapy in Senegal : from Collomb’s ethnopsychiatry to family therapy.

15.30 - 15.45

15.45 - 16.15 Coffee break

16:15 Session 4 - President : Amina Bargach (Maroco)

16.15 - 16.45
Anne Dall’Asta (France)

The child with autism : contribution of the systemic approach and of family therapy to help the child and the family.

16.45 - 17.25
Rodolfo de Bernart (Italy)

The Fosbury Flop: how to connect systems, attachment and implicit relational knowledge through images.

Myriam Cassen (France)

Family therapy and attachment.

17.25 - 17.55
Jean-Michel Delile (France)

How to support families confronted with an addiction problem.

17.55 - 18.15
Closing remarks

Thanks to our Sponsors and Partners who made this Congress possible !

Special Thanks to Sebastien Nolens, François Schuiten & Annik Lambert


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800 seats available
Registration before July 7th 2017
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