ICCFR Annual Conference

2023/24: 69th ICCFR annual conference, Kappara, Malta

ICCFR is pleased to announce its 69th annual conference, to be held in Kappara, Malta in November 2024.

The theme of the conference:

“Intergenerational Perspectives in Families – Challenges and Opportunities” 

Dates of the conference: Thursday 14 November 2024 (evening) through Saturday (morning) 16 November 2024

Venue: Urban Valley Hotel & Spa, Kappara, Malta.

Our partners: Positive Parenting Malta and the Ministry for Social Policy and Children’s Rights are jointly supporting this year’s ICCFR Conference. 

Chair, Dr. Robert Simon, Forensic Psychologist,  USA

Vice-Chair, Sarah Hawker, Vice President, Italian National Association of Family and Marriage Consultants

Theme: This year’s conference will explore the theme “Intergenerational Perspectives in Families – Challenges and Opportunities” delving into the dynamic interplay between generations within the family unit.

The Keynote Speakers for the Conference will offer a cross-cultural, international point of view on the subject of the family’s role as a critical environment in which resilience is cultivated.

  • Thursday, 14 November, 2024, the  Welcome Session will feature our first keynote speaker, Arlene Healey. Arlene is a registered systemic psychotherapist with more than 40 years’ experience working with children and their families in the NHS in both Child and Family Services and CAMHS in the UK where she worked for more than 30 years. She is a registered clinical supervisor with the Association for Family Therapy. Ms Healey’s topic is soon to be announced. 
  • Friday, 15 November, 2024, the featured Keynote Speaker is Dr Louise Edgington. Dr Edgington is a chartered Educational Psychologist with a background in climate physics and solutions and an independent practice in climate psychology for education as well as being a member of the BPS’ Climate and Environment Action Coordinating group and consults for organisations such as the Climate Psychologists, Climate Majority Project, UCL centre for Climate Change and Sustainability Education and Climate Psychology Alliance. Her topic is:  Intergenerational engagement for climate change resilience and mitigation
  • Saturday, 16 November, 2024, the featured Keynote Speaker is Dr Claire Casha who holds a first-class Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Malta (1998), a distinction Master’s degree in Family Studies (2014), and a PhD in Social Policy from the University of York (2024), focusing on fathers’ views of parenting arrangements post-separation. With over a decade of clinical experience in systemic family therapy at ‘sedqa,’ she now lectures at the University of Malta’s Department of Child and Family Studies, where she coordinates study-units and has presented her research internationally. Her topic is soon to be announced.

Why should you attend? In keeping with multidisciplinary philosophy of ICCFR, professionals in the fields of psychology, family law, social services and any other discipline working with families in these challenging times are encouraged to participate. As an attendee, you will have the benefit of hearing inspiring keynote speakers, gaining useful information and joining in stimulating discussion and debate on the latest and most innovative international approaches to couple and family services.

Recordings of the Keynotes will be available after the Conference for no charge.

Registration fee: The cost for the conference is 150 GBP and includes a hosted reception and light refreshments on Thursday evening, two coffee/tea breaks and lunch on Friday and a coffee/tea break on Saturday morning. However, if you book BEFORE 31st July you can take advantage of our EARLY BIRD RATE of 125 GBP.

Travel Scholarships and Bursaries are intended only for those who do not have the means to attend ICCFR conferences otherwise. This will principally apply to candidates from developing and cash-poor countries. However, exceptions can be made in cases of particular need. For further information, complete the website contact form and request information on Travel Scholarships and Bursaries.

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2024 Conference details


14 – 16 November 2024


Urban Valley Hotel & Spa, Kappara, Malta

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