Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy
Name of Organisation
The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy
Since its foundation in 1979, The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy (ANZJFT) has played a central role in the development of family therapy in Australia and New Zealand. The journal is a quarterly peer-reviewed professional journal that publishes relevant, innovative, and original articles on the theory, research, teaching, and practice of family therapy. The journal is overseen by an editorial board under the auspices of the Australian Association of Family Therapy and published by Wiley. The current Editor-in- Chief is Dr. Glenn Larner with the editorial team including Associate Editors Liz Forbat (research) and Kristof Mikes-Liu (in practice).
Prominent Associated Figures/Contributions
Michael White from Adelaide, well known with David Epston as the originator of narrative therapy, was the foundation editor of ANZJFT from 1979 to 1984. Under Michael’s tutelage, the journal provided a much needed bedrock for the evolving family therapy movement “down under.” From 1985 to 1996, ANZJFT was edited by Max Cornwell with contributions from leading figures in the family therapy field such as Tom Anderson, Karl Tomm, Luigi Boscolo, and Harlene Anderson. The many achievements of this period included a significant contribution to indigenous family therapy from Colleen Brown on the Stolen Generation in Australia (Brown and Larner 1992) and an exploration of social justice in the Just Therapy approach in New Zealand (Waldegrave and Tamasese 1993).
From 1997 to 2008, coeditors Hugh and Maureen Crago oversaw the development of a professional journal for the workplace (Crago 1997) with articles on a range of clinical themes. As the Crago and Crago (2007) noted in a snapshot of the journal’s history, ANZJFT offers a practitioner friendly and less academic alternative to other family therapy publications with an appeal to both beginning and experienced family therapists and is “distinguished by its continuing attempt to include humour and provocative ideas, alongside more serious theoretical exploration and research” (p. 11). From 2009 to 2010, coeditors Paul Rhodes, Glenn Larner, and Alistair Campbell introduced a more mainstream journal with a focus on theory, practice, diversity, and innovation.
In September 2010, the helm was taken by Glenn Larner, the current editor-in-chief. In this time ANZJFT has become the publication journal for the Australian Association of Family Therapy and developed its current format as a Wiley journal. An exciting regular feature is a series of groundbreaking special issues on contemporary approaches to family therapy compiled by local and international guest editors. For example, in March 2015, Judith Brown and Kristof Mikes-Liu (Sydney) compiled a special issue on Dialogical Practices including contributions from Peter Rober and Jaakko Seikkula. The June 2016 issue by Guy Diamond, Ingrid Wagner, and Suzanne Levy (the USA and Brisbane, Australia) had the theme of Attachment-Based Family Therapy: Adaptation and Dissemination.
In summary, ANZJFT has an international reputation for publishing articles on a wide variety of topics in couple and family therapy in the areas of theory, practice, research, pedagogy, and training. It hopes to provide a journal with an appeal to both academics and practitioners.
- Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy. Wiley Online Library: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)1467-8438