SAAMFT 9th International Conference: In Search for the Soul of Africa (SAAMFT9th)

Venue: International Convention Centre

Location: Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Event Date/Time: May 17, 2004 End Date/Time: May 19, 2004
Registration Date: May 16, 2004
Early Registration Date: Feb 15, 2004
Abstract Submission Date: Feb 21, 2004
Paper Submission Date: May 15, 2004
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The South African Association of Marital and Family Therapy is inviting participation in the 9th International Conference: "In Search of the Soul of Africa."

The Conference Theme is key to the questions and issues facing professionals, families, and communities in our multi-cultural, diverse society in transition as we deal with the overwhelming stresses of day-to-day living, combined with the added burdens of AIDS, poverty and violence.

Our main Themes:

Theme 1: Ways of working with children, youth, families and communities.

Through the use of community development, education, family and youth support, we are seeking ways of helping our people and fellow countrymen to find African paths to African communication and fellowship.

Theme 2: Our culture in the face of AIDS, poverty, and violence?

In the face of AIDS, poverty, and violence, what ways do we find to foster, nuture and preserve our myriad African cultures?

Theme 3: Potential and opportunities to resolve issues through people, places, processes, programs, and policies.

We are developing and managing a diverse human resource base: one that must include equal employment opportunity and affirmative action, that works within legislative and regulatory guidance against cultural assumptions and that applies practical outcomes to African problems.

Theme 4: Soul, Spirituality and healing.

Through the strength of our own resources, responding to global human realities by development of multi-cultural policies, spiritual and healing practices; by effectively responding to rascism, violence, AIDS, together we can seek their causes and remedies.

The Programme Selection Committee is searching for Speakers, Paper and Poster Presenters for eight Conference Tracks to be held on Monday, 17 May 2004; Tuesday, 18 May 2004; and Wednesday, 19 May 2004.

These tracks are:
Individual & Family Therapy
Children – Youth
Culture in Transition
Sustaining Progress
Context of therapy
Soul, spirituality and healing

The Programme Selection Committee is especially searching for additional presenters to address methods and specific issues (clinical, social, political) in their approaches for working with specific African populations and problems.*

Poster Presenters are especially encouraged to participate.

There are currently three presentation formats being considered:

30 min Paper: A conference session involving approximately 20 min speaker presentation, followed by 10 min questions and answers.
60 min Workshop: A conference session involving substantial interaction with the audience.
Poster Presentation.

Presenters may choose to submit written versions of their presentations for publication in print and electronic formats. Participants requiring full refereeing before the conference are advised to submit their papers at least three months before the conference.

Plenary speakers may also submit their session details via the Presentation Proposal Process below for inclusion in the conference proceedings.

The final deadline for submission of ABSTRACTS electronically is 31 January 2004. You may visit this web page for additional information as it becomes available. March 2004 is the date for final submission of unedited abstracts to be included in the Conference CD (electronic format) to be presented at the Conference.

Please complete the Proposal Information Sheet (Proposal Information Form). Attach any necessary information.

The form may be submitted electronically or downloaded and printed to be faxed or mailed.

If you have any questions or queries or want more information regarding the topic and task selection process, please contact Cathy Haselau by email or telephonically at (031) 205-5955, between the hours of 0800am and 1800pm and Dr Yvonne Sliep by email or at 031-204-4982 between the hours of 0800 am and 1600 pm (GMT+2).

If you would rather fax a copy of your abstract, please make sure that it is typed, double-spaced, on plain white paper, in 10 or 12 point Arial, Courier or Times Roman font, and that it consists of no more than 350 words.

Please fax a completed copy of your abstract along with a printed copy of this form to the attention of the SAAMFT PROGRAMME SELECTION, Cathy Hauselau/Dr. Yvonne Sliep:

(International) 27-31-204-2835
(local) 031-204-2835

Or post this form to:

Programme Selection Committee
SAAMFT 9th International Conference
National Office
P.O. Box 37166
Overport, Durban
KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

For any other questions, please email