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The Child, Adolescent, and Family Therapy Research (CAFTR) Special Interest Group


The aim of this group is to support and promote research in the field of child and family therapy, including research on parent-infant interaction in therapy, developmental changes in therapy, and rprocess and outcome of psychotherapy with children, adolescents and families. The group aims to: (a) promote scientific research on the processes and outcomes of a wide range of child and family therapies (including parent-infant psychotherapy, adolescent therapy etc.); (b) facilitate collaboration among members in planning, discussion, and conduct of methodologically sound, theoretically balanced, and clinically relevant studies on child and family therapies; and (c) support the dissemination of research-based knowledge about child and family therapies for the benefit of scientific, clinical, and mental health policy communities.

Founding year of the interest group


Activities of the interest group

The intended activities of the interest group include (a) promoting research panels, workshops and discussion groups at annual international and regional SPR conferences, (b) maintaining a page on the SPR website in order to inform CAFTR members and other interested persons about these activities, (c) encouraging collaborative research on topics related to issues of child and family therapy research among CAFTR members, and (d) developing contacts and liaisons with other scientific and scholarly organizations having similar interests.


The CAFTR steering group carried out a survey of members of the CAFTR forum, providing an overview of current activity, areas of interest, research priorities etc. The findings are summarized here.


From this survey we created a list of researchers with their current activity, areas of interest, research priorities. The list will be send around the forum once a year. If you have any changes to an existing entry, or would like a copy of the list, please contact If you would like to be added to the list, please fill out this form and send it to Katharina Weitkamp.  

The CAFTR e-group

In line with the aim of encouraging communication and collaboration between those involved in child and family therapy research, we have set up an e-group, which currently has more than 200 members around the world. By signing up, you can send and receive all emails that are sent to the group - including latest updates on members' research activities, discussions about research-related issues, and a forum in which to post questions and get responses from colleagues in the field. If you are interested to join, please send an email to the chair of the CAFTR group (Katharina Weitkamp at and copy it to Sven Schneider ( You do not have to be a member of SPR in order to join the e-group.

Steering Group

Chair: Geoff Goodman (Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program, Long Island University)
Vice Chair: Katharina Weitkamp (University of Zurich, Department of Psychology)
Claudia Milena Capella Sepúlveda (Académica Departamento de Psicología, Universidad de Chile)
Sibel Halfon (Istanbul Bilgi University)
Christina Hunger-Schoppe (Institute for Medical Psychology, Universität Heidelberg)
Tamar Levy (Department of Psychology and School of Social Work, Hebrew University)
Claudia Mazzeschi (Department of Philosophy and Human Sciences, University of Perugia)
Nick Midgley (Anna Freud Centre and University College London)
Orya Tishby (Department of Psychology and School of Social Work, Hebrew University)


For enquiries about the group, please contact Katharina Weitkamp at

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