Greetings from the Chair

  The 2024 Cross-Cultural Conference of Family Therapy from Asia and Beyond (FTAB) is an international forum dedicated to sharing discussions on cases and stories of families and couples. Designated presenters will bring these to share with a group of colleagues from across the region.
  The conference was initially organized by colleagues of Korea and Japan in 2002, and Taiwan joined in 2013. The three countries have alternately hosted the annual conference for the past 20 years. Traditionally, the conference title would reflect the hosting sequence of these countries, such as “Korea-Japan-Taiwan 2023”. However, for the 2024 edition, we have broadened our horizons to welcome contributions from beyond these initial partners, therefore, the revised title: "the Cross-Cultural Conference of Family Therapy from Asia and Beyond (FTAB)".
  This year, we are privileged to collaborate with the Japanese Association of Family Therapy (JAFT) for a joint conference in the beautiful and historical city of Kanazawa, located in the Hokuriku region. Despite the challenges posed by an earthquake in the Noto Peninsula on January 1st, 2024, which affected parts of Hokuriku, Kanazawa has remained relatively unscathed and is actively contributing to the region's recovery efforts. We invite our colleagues to join us in Kanazawa to experience the resilience of this community firsthand.
  The conference will feature Dr. William J. Doherty, a distinguished figure in the field of couple and family therapy from the University of Minnesota in U.S., as the keynote speaker, courtesy of an invitation by JAFT. Dr. Doherty will lead several keynote lectures and workshops, which are open to all FTAB attendees.
Additionally, we have arranged a variety of cultural events and social gatherings in collaboration with JAFT's Japanese members, offering a unique opportunity for cultural exchange and networking.
  In our ongoing commitment to celebrate cultural diversity, the conference will offer discussion groups in multiple languages, including English, Chinese, Korean, among others, facilitating rich professional exchanges and learning opportunities across different linguistic backgrounds.
  We warmly invite you to the 2024 FTAB conference and eagerly anticipate your participation in Kanazawa, Japan, as we look forward to another enriching and memorable gathering.

여러분의 참여를 기대합니다.

Takeshi Tamura, MD
Chairperson of the 2024 FTAB in Kanazawa, JAPAN
(The 8th Japan-Taiwan-Korea Case Conference

About the Conference

Date: September 26 - 28 (Thursday through Saturday), 2024
Site: City of Kanazawa, Ishikawa prefecture, Japan

Venue: Kanazawashi Bunka Hall (Kanazawashi Culture Hall)
15-1 Takaokamachi Kanazawa Ishikawa Prefecture

Conference Schedule

*1 Short Walk Tour around City
9/26 Thursday 17:00~18:00(Optional)
Around Kanazawa Castle/ Kenrokuen Garden / D.T.Suzuki Museum)
Pre-registration needed

*2 Tea Ceremony
A Tea Ceremony will be conducted in the Kanazawa Bunka Hall on Sep 27 (Group 1) and 28 (Group 2), which includes a lunch box. You can attend one of these sessions (fee included in conference registration), however pre-registration is required. We will let you know your group number after registering.

Registration Fee:  JPY 20,000  (should be paid on site,cash only)
 *Including Gala Dinner (Sep 27) and 1 Lunch Box with Tea Ceremony*2

Case Presentation
 Each case presentation must be within 90 mins including discussion and Q&A.
 ① Case presentation must be in English, max. 30 mins.
 ② 30 mins discussion in participants’ language group (small groups).
 ③ 30 mins discussion in English (all members)

Presentation Abstract submission by June 30, 2024
  Please submit a summary of your presentation by email.
  Please include title, name of the presenter, and 500-word case summary.
  Submit to:

Couple Therapy and Discernment Counseling Workshop by Bill Doherty>
Optional 1 day workshop by William Doherty on Sep 29th (Sun)
Registration Fee:  JPY 10,000  (should be paid on site additionally, cash only)

About William J. Doherty
Dr. William J. Doherty is a professor in the Department of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota, contributing to the field of Marriage and Family Therapy in the United States for over 40 years. He has been actively involved in education, clinical work, and research, and pioneered several innovations in the field.

About the Workshop
In this workshop William Doherty will talk about Couples Therapy and Discernment Counseling, a research-based protocol for helping couples on the brink of divorce decide whether to divorce or commit to a full course of couples therapy.


Register Here →  (Registration Form)
Registration Deadline: August 31st , 2024
We are happy to invite you to Kanazawa!
And we are looking forward to seeing you all from abroad.
If you have any questions please contact by e-mail
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In Kanazawa, hotels are expected to book out quickly during the high-peak autumn season.
We recommend booking your hotel ASAP.
All hotel bookings must be managed by participants.

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