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Asian Academy of Family Therapy (AAFT) is a non-profit organization of leading family therapy educators, clinicians, policy makers, researchers, and social scientists committed to enhancing systemic thinking and practice of family therapy in different social and clinical contexts.

It is membership-based, with the mission to provide a professional platform for diverse disciplines in the development of systemic perspective and to develop a professional identity in family therapy through clinical practice, education, research, and policy development. We believe this will contribute strongly to the quality of family health and promote a harmonious society.


Promote family health through systemic approach.


Provide a professional platform for diverse disciplines in the development of systemic perspective and to develop a professional identity in family therapy through clinical practice, education, research, and policy development.


People live in a circuitry of relationships, and family relationship has great impact on the manifestation and healing of individual problems. However, human service practitioners have traditionally focused on treating the individual and are unprepared to deal with the complex family issues of contemporary society.

Our work has proven that many behavioral and emotional problems in adults and children are merely reactions to interpersonal issues in the family and the larger society. Getting the family to resolve their conflicts is a far more useful and cost effective approach in relieving family members from their distresses.

Having established the HKU Family Institute (HKUFI), the same group of visionaries deems it timely to form the AFT in their continuous effort to lead such a paradigm shift.

In 2015, AFT has become AAFT, in order to expand its work to include other Asian family therapists. The AAFT is an independent organization that aims to raise the family therapy profession to a higher profile, set the standard, and enhance the professional development of family therapy practitioners in the region.



The Korean Association of Family Therapy (KAFT) was established in 1988 in order to contribute to the well-being and growth of individuals, families and society through research, training and practice in the field of family therapy. KAFT, the first family therapy organization in Asia, is based on the Family Therapy Research Society (FTRS) which consisted of experts in psychiatry, psychiatric nursing, and social welfare during the late 1970s when the fields of family therapy and counseling were rather obscure across
the world.

Since its start, KAFT has regularly held spring and fall conferences, annual workshops, training programs, monthly case studies for the continuation of education and has been publishing research journals for the past 30 years. KAFT has been recognized as the top practice-based academic organization in South Korea for its preparation of many highly-qualified family therapy specialists (Family Therapy Supervisor, Family Therapy Specialist Level I &II) through its rigorous clinical trainings and qualification
management system.

KAFT has worked on developing new and diverse treatment models to rapidly solve the constantly changing family dynamics and issues. For this purpose, KAFT has facilitated the exchange and cooperation between domestic and international organizations. KAFT has established a collaborative system among domestic family therapy organizations dedicated to single therapy models and the Association of Korean Counseling Professionals (AKCP). Lastly, KAFT has also held annual joint case meetings with Japan and Taiwan over the past decade and has been actively involved in the Asian Academy of Family Therapy (AAFT) and the International Family Therapy Association (IFTA).



Organizing Committee Chair

Young-Ju Chun, Ph D.

Scientific Committee Chair

Sun-Hae Lee, Ph D.

Administrative Committee Chair

Eun-Suk Cho, Ph D.

Organizing Committee
  • Jiwon Choi (Seoul Women's University, Korea)
  • Soojee Kim (Yonsei Woori Family Counseling Center, Korea)
  • Insoo Lee (Psychotherapy Institute 'and Other Life', Korea)
  • Viviana Cheng (AAFT, Hong Kong)
Administrative Committee
  • Sunghui Cho (Seoul Theological University, Korea)
  • Hye-seong Jeon (Dankook University, Korea)
  • Sarah Kim (Sara Counseling Center, Korea)
Secretary & Conference Assistant
  • Da-Ae Kim (Korean Association of Family Therapy, Korea)
  • Christina (Yewon) Huh (Sara Counseling Center, Korea)
Scientific Committee
  • Wentao Chao (National Taipei University of Education, Taiwan)
  • Sungbong Cho (Handong Global University, Korea)
  • Bora Jin (Counseling Group Jung In Haeng, Korea)
  • Hyun-soo Kim (Hanyang University, Korea)
  • Ppudah Ki (Korea National Open University, Korea)
  • Jung Eun Ko (Kyung Hee Cyber University, Korea)
  • Felix Lim (AITIA , Singapore)
  • Joyce Ma (Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
  • Shinichi Nakamura (Nakamura Psychotherapy Institute, Japan)
  • So-Wa Ngai (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong)
  • Meeock Park (Sangmyung University, Korea)
  • Woochul Park (Duksung Women's University, Korea)
  • Charles Sim (Singapore University of Social Sciences, Singapore)
  • Wen-Yi Wendy Shieh (Shieh Chien University, Taiwan)