The conference is organised by the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice.

The Association for Family Therapy

7 Executive Suite

St James Court

Wilderspool Causeway



United Kingdom


Company No. 03018026

Registered Charity No. 1063639

Any Questions?


Please contact our event manager:


John Bastock at Mint Events Ltd


T:  +44 (0)1270 750070

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Bristol Symposium 2020:  Working with Couples: Navigating difference and sustaining connections

The West Country branch of AFT welcomes you to the vibrant city of Bristol for AFT’s 2020 symposium on the theme of Working with Couples: Navigating Difference and Sustaining Connections. 

For  Family and Systemic Therapists working with people of any age group, strengthening the couple relationship is key to providing  a nurturing home life, safety and protection , and recovery from mental distress. We are pleased to be focussing on this important area of practice for a whole day, and to be thinking widely about difference and inclusion in a range of work contexts and relationships.

Bristol is a city with a proud history of multi-cultural diversity, thriving musical and street-art scenes, and a flourishing LGBTQ community.  The  2020 symposium theme of navigating difference and sustaining connections links to the city’s maritime history of exploration and its modern ethos of celebrating differences and building communities.


We are delighted to welcome you to our 2020 symposium, whether you are looking to increase your confidence in working with couples, or are seeking to extend your expertise in diverse client groups, and we trust that you will find our key note speakers and wide range of workshops to be inspiring and stimulating.

Due to the current Coronavirus outbreak the AFT Bristol Symposium is now closed for new bookings. The organising committee are exploring contractual arrangements with the venue and awaiting government advice. We will provide all registered delegates an update as soon as possible. If you have purchased a ticket and the event is cancelled then AFT will refund the full ticket price. In the meantime, if you have any questions at all, please contact John Bastock at Mint Events on +44 (0)1270 750070 or email

Keynote Speakers

Keynote speakers biographies and abstracts are available by clicking the speaker name.

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The Symposium will feature a wide range of quality workshops for you to choose from.  Please click the button below for details.