Honorary Members

Ph.D., Educator, psychologist, family therapist and supervisor. Professor and clinical supervisor.

Born in Tuxtepec, Oaxaca Mexico, she has lived in the city of Puebla since 1969. She attended Masters in Clinical Psychology at the University of the Americas of Puebla.

She has been assistant at the Academia di Psicoterapia della Famiglia in Rome for meta practicum courses from 1995-1998. She has worked as a professor and clinical supervisor in several universities, from 1981 until today. She has been working in her private practice as a psychotherapist since 1983.

M.Phil., M.D., Ph.D., FCAHS, FACPsych, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Montreal; Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, The George Washington University; and President, World Association of Social Psychiatry (WASP).

 Vincenzo is an interdisciplinary scholar at the interstices of child  psychiatry & family therapy, socio-cultural psychiatry, and philosophy. He co-founded the family interest group, World Association of Cultural Psychiatry (WACP), and collaborates with the Family Interventions Section of WASP. His work is marked by a series of syntheses: child and transcultural psychiatry (Transcultural Issues in Child Psychiatry, 1992), family therapy and cultural psychiatry (A Stranger in the Family: Culture, Families, and Therapy, 1997); children, families, and trauma (Trauma and Event, doctoral dissertation, 2012); and psychiatry and philosophy (Psychiatry in Crisis: At the Crossroads of Social Sciences, the Humanities, and Neuroscience, with Drozdstoj Stoyanov, 2021).

Vincenzo is the recipient of numerous honorary professorships, fellowships, and awards from universities, national academies, and professional associations in Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Italy, Morocco, Romania, and the USA, notably Fellow, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, and Fellow, American College of Psychiatrists.

Ph.D., anthropologist and MFT supervisor, past president AAMFT and Chair of the Board of Regents for Western New Mexico University.

Dr. Hotvedt is the Chair of International Faculty of the Family Therapy Academy. She is an anthropologist and a MFT and supervisor. She is involved in the application of those fields to community development, education, and public policy. To those ends, she works as a University Regent and as a board member on community projects in her area and the state of New Mexico. Her area of research has been contemporary sexuality. She has had a longstanding relationship with the Family Therapy Academy.

Ph.D., LCSW, Dean of the School of Social Work, Simmons University, Boston

Michael C. La Sala has been a practicing family therapist and teacher/trainer for over 35 years, and his research and clinical specialties are the couple and family relationships of gay men and lesbians and the role of family influences on the sexual behaviors of gay and bisexual youth.

Professor La Sala’s first book entitled: Coming Out, Coming Home (Columbia University Press) describes the findings and practice implications of a study of 65 gay and lesbian youth and their families. He is also the author of the newly released: Clinical Social Work with Individuals, Families, and Groups: The Power of Healing Relationships (Routledge) (https://www.routledge.com/Clinical-Social-Work-with-Individuals-Families-and-Groups-The-Healing/LaSala/p/book/9780367820596). Other examples of Professor La Sala’s work can be found in over 30 journal articles and his blog for Psychology Today (http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/gay-and-lesbian-well-being).

Professor La Sala is the recipient of the American Family Therapy Academy’s 2017 Distinguished Contribution to Social Justice Award.

Ph.D., Co-Founding President & Professional Director of SHINUI (Institute For Systemic Studies, Family & Personal Change) Herzelia, Israel, Senior Clinical Psychologist, Senior MFT Trainer and Supervisor.

Dr. Nabarro is a past Board member of IFTA and was an active member of EFTA-TIC. She served on the Editorial Advisory Boards of Contemporary Family Therapy, the Journal of Family Therapy, and the Romanian (Dianona) journal of Systemic Therapy (Terapia Sistemica).

She was a past member of the International Committee of the Accademia di Psicoterapia della Famiglia, Rome (Andolfi).

Ph.D., LCSW Executive Officer, Shibusawa Eiichi Memorial Foundation; Former Associate Dean and Director, Master of Social Work Program, New York University Silver School of Social Work Tazuko Shibusawa is on the Executive Board of the Shibusawa Eiichi Memorial Foundation.

Previously she served on the faculty of the New York University Silver School of Social Work as the associate dean and director of the master’s program, as co-director of the NYU Global MSW Program in Shanghai & New York, and as associate professor. Her research focuses on the health and mental health of older adults and their families and clinical practice with Asian and Asian immigrant families.

She received her MSW and Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles and completed post-graduate training in family therapy, trauma studies, and mindfulness-based psychotherapies. She was a Fellow at the Multicultural Institute and is a former Board Member of the Family Process Institute.

Movement therapist, Group and Family Therapist and Consultant for different organizations (MoleMann Mental Health and now BuurtzorgT). He is the Founder of the Rotterdam Circle for the advanced of family therapy in Nedherlands.

He started as a movement therapist and later as a group-psychotherapist and family therapists, supervisor, and teacher. He was first employed in a psychiatric institute, named St. Bavo or GGZ BAVO EUROPOORT and in the last 16 years he has been working as a consultant for different organizations (MoleMann Mental Health and now BuurtzorgT). He is NVRG (Dutch association of Family therapy), NVP (Dutch association of Psychotherapy). With his systemic thinking he was an innovator in the mental health, in profit as well nonprofit organizations and sport; in the field of handicapped people he created a Foundations:

In 1991 he initiate ‘The Rotterdam Circle’, a group of 40 colleagues who were and still are enthusiastic for systemic and family treatment.