International Conference CONTEMPORARY ISSUES FACING FAMILIES

The West University of Timişoara, 14-15 September 2012

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Dr. Terry Hargrave, one of the pioneers of contextual family therapy; invited to various international conferences and TV shows such as ABC News 20/20, Good Morning America and CBS Early Morning. Currently, he is a professor of marriage and family therapy at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, California.

Sharon Hargrave, family and couple therapist, trainer and supervisor of Hideaway Experience (Texas, USA) – a project for cuples in crisis. She is a specialist in couple therapy and the intergenerational approach in family therapy.

Dr. Shann Ray Ferch, professor of Leadership Studies in the doctoral programme at School of Professional Studies, Gonzaga University (USA); research psychologist at the Center for Disease Control, United States Government. He works as a psychotherapist and is also a writer of numerous academic articles, prose and poetry on issues of forgiveness and reconciliation.

Dr. Stephen Coulter, family therapist, trainer, supervisor and coordinator of the Masters programme Systemic Pathway Family Therapy of Queen University Belfast from Ireland. He published extensively on the concept of resilience and the systemic approach to trauma.

Susannah Padiachi, family therapist and researcher at Bath University, UK in a research project stugying clinical depression and anxiety on adolescents and young adults. She also works with couples and familes at Focus Counselling – Professional Counselling Agency form Bath.

Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher, member of the board of the International Society for Human Rights, Director of The International Institute for Religious Freedom (Bonn, Cape Town, Colombo), President of "Martin Bucer European Theological Seminary" (Bonn, Germania) and Visiting Profesor at The Faculty of Sociology and Psychology (The West University of Timişoara)

Dr. Jan Ligon, Associate Professor, Georgia State University, School of Social Work. His principal interests are mental health and substance abuse services. He has spoken at the local, national, and international levels (including in media outlets, such as CNN) about the effects of substance abuse on families and children. Dr Ligon has served on the state's social work licensure board and currently holds an elected position with the National Association of Social Workers.


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