The Athenian Institute of Anthropos, (A.I.A.) is a Center for Research, Training and Development of Applications in the Behavioral - Social Sciences of Anthropos (the Greek word for Human Being, that is, the ‘’Whole Person’’). It belongs to the Society for the Advancement of Human Relations Research, (S.A.H.R.R.).
It is a professional nonprofit association, founded in 1963 by Drs. George and Vasso Vassiliou and is based in Athens, Greece.
The Α.Ι.Α. was conceived of and, since then, functions as a collective academic effort based on the process of co-creating, co-producing and sharing amongst the Anthropos Institute Associates who are all social scientists.
The Anthropos Institute uses a Systemic - Dialectic Psychosocial Approach according to which “Anthropos”, is conceptualized αs α biopsychosocial, open, information-processing, decision-making, Anotropic System. This approach evolves in the context of the 'whole' which emerges from the interconnectedness of processes at different levels - that of the individual, the family, the group, the community, the society, the world at large. It is a multi-level, multi-focal intervention model and uses milieu-specific cultural research.
Doctors George and Vasso Vassiliou founded the Athenian Institute of Anthropos which has completed 50 years of existence. They were a couple, the former a Psychiatrist and the latter a Psychologist, graduates of Athens University Medical School (1953) and Loyola University of Chicago (1962) respectively.
George and Vasso Vassiliou completed their internships and training in the U.S.A., at the Illinois State Psychiatric Institute, the Galesburg State Research Hospital and Loyola University. They worked as staff members at these institutions as well as at the Catholic Charities Guidance Center in Chicago.
During these years George Vassiliou developed the "Synallactic Group Image Technique" in Group Therapy, which was Vasso Vassiliou's application of Arnold's Story Sequence Analysis to the Group Process.
Upon their return to Greece in 1963, the Vassilious founded the Athenian Institute of Anthropos and started developing their work and their approach in Group and Family Therapy.
Vasso Vassiliou, who at the time was also teaching at Pierce University College in Athens as a full time Psychology Professor (1963-1975), further developed the "Sequence Analysis Technique" for clinical and socio-educational purposes in Family Therapy and Training.
A.I.A.’s Brief History
Doctors George and Vasso Vassiliou founded the Athenian Institute of Anthropos in 1963.
The Athenian Institute of Anthropos was the first institution to apply and teach Family Therapy in Greece. George and Vasso Vassiliou developed approaches relevant to the Greek context and used the pioneering work of N. Ackerman, V. Satir, P. Watzlawick and others of the Palo Alto Group, with whom they kept a longstanding collaboration since their first contact in the late 1960’s.
Since 1963, the Institute has been steadily evolving; it has been developing new theoretical concepts and therapeutic techniques functional for the Greek Family and has been training an ever-increasing number of professionals in the field. Over the years the Vassilious developed the Systemic - Dialectic Psychosocial Intervention Model. This approach is designed to involve the whole context, i.e. all groups in which Anthropos belongs (Family, Peer group, Community, Society).
Over the years, A.I.A.'s Associates have devoted much of their time in developing, establishing and supervising preventive programs which encourage the development of functional groups in various health, educational and community contexts in Greece. In addition to the core activities carried out at the Athenian Institute of Anthropos in Athens, A.I.A.’s Associates, have steadily worked as Master Trainers at several Institutions abroad. They conduct Training Workshops and Postgraduate Seminars, both in Family Therapy and Group Therapy, at major universities, research centers, health institutions and associations in over 15 countries of Eastern and Western Europe: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Algeria, Serbia, Romania, Turkey, Israel, Russia, United Kingdom, and North America (U.S.A., Canada, Mexico). Post-Graduate Training and Collaboration has extended over more than two decades with a number of these Institutions such as Loyola University (since 1960), Post-Graduate Center for Mental Health of New York (1967 -to-date), Medical Academy of Sofia (1975-1991), Tibiscus University of Timisoara Romania, New University of Sofia (1992-todate), Stojanovic University Hospital in Zagreb (1966 -to-date), Hungarian Association for Social Psychiatry in Budapest (1976 -to-date), Institute for the Alcoholic Family in Belgrade, Serbia (1987-todate), Psychiatric Department of the University of Lisbon and Michel Bombarda Hospital in Portugal (1968 -to-date). Many of these collaborations have taken the form of intensive training programs for groups of professionals from these countries who come to A.I.A. to participate as trainees.
A.I.A.’s philosophy is to maintain its autonomy in SCIENTIFIC ACTION AND THOUGHT. To achieve this, it remains SOCIOECONOMICALLY INDEPENDENT, by COUNTING SOLELY ON THE FUNDS RAISED BY THE PROFESSIONAL SERVICES IT OFFERS. A.I.A. continues to abide by the principle on which it was founded, that is to promote communication and cooperation in the sciences of Anthropos, intra- and transdisciplinary, intra- and transnationally.
The Institute’s motto is:
“IT IS THE HELLENIC SPIRIT AND FEELING OF THIS INSTITUTE
THAT MAKE ITS INTERNATIONAL OUTLOOK
DELPHIC AND OLYMPIC”.
Board of Directors
Society for the Advancement of Human Relations Research
|SUBSTITUTE MEMBER:||Foteini Moustaka|
|SUBSTITUTE MEMBER:||Manolis VELITZANIDIS|
|SUBSTITUTE MEMBER:||Evangelos SPINELLIS|
Petros I. Polychronis M.D.
is a Child-Psychiatrist, Group and Family Psychotherapist,Trainer and Supervisor.
Dr. Polychronis is presently the Director of the Athenian Institute of Anthropos in Greece, among the first centers to practice family therapy in Europe. He is involved as a consultant to the development of support programs for multi-problem families in a variety of contexts dealing with Child and Family welfare. He is a Founding Member of the European Family Therapy Association (E.F.T.A.), of the Hellenic Association for Systems Thinking and Family Psychotherapy, and of the Greek Society for De-Institutionalization and Mental Health. He has served on the Executive Council of the World Association for Social Psychiatry and of the Hellenic Child-Psychiatric Association and is an Honorary Member of the Executive Council of the Therapeutic Center for Addicted Individuals and their Families (KE.TH.E.A.).
Dr. Polychronis is a Visiting Professor at Postgraduate programs at the Universities of Athens, Crete and Ioannina. He is also the Trainer for the Personal and Professional Development program of the EAP certified “Systemic Institute of Cyprus.”
Main areas of interest/publication:
- The Child as Co-Therapist in Family Therapy.
- Family as a Field for Developing Skills/Metaskills in a Digital World.
- Training in Systems Thinking and Family Therapy.
- Intervention Programs for Multi-Problem Families.
- Systems Consultation to Organizations, Personal Development of the Self of the Therapist.
Georgios Gournas M.D., PhD
Psychiatrist, University of Athens Medical School. Vice-Director of the Psychiatric Clinic of ’’Sotiria’’ Hospital of Athens. Former Coordinator of the Community Mental Health Program of the Center for Mental Health of North East Athens.
Coordinator of Training at A.I.A. Founding Member of the Hellenic Association for Systemic Therapy and the Hellenic Association for Systemic Thinking and Family Psychotherapy (1999). Member of the American (A.G.P.A.) and International (I.A.G.P.)
Group Psychotherapy Associations and the European (E.F.T.A.) and International (I.F.T.A.) Family Therapy Associations, of the Greek Psychiatric Society, of the Neurological Society and of the Greek Society for De-Institutionalization and Mental Health. Areas of specialization: Training of Mental Health Professionals in Systemic Thinking, Preventive Community Programs and the Role of the Elderly in the Changing Greek Family.
Dionyssis Sakkas, M.D., PhD
Psychiatrist, University of Athens Medical School. Dialectic Systemic Psychotherapy, couples, families, groups and communities at the Athenian Institute of Anthropos (A.I.A.1984-1989), Certificate (ECP) European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP 2010). Postgraduate studies in Social Psychiatry Mental Health Center Byron-Kaisarianis, University Clinic Eginitio. (2/2002 -8/2002), and as an instructor and supervisor of psychotherapists at the A.I.A.
Participation in Greek Psychotherapy Associations
- President (from 01.02.2013 to date) of the Greek Society of Systemic Family Therapy,groups and individuals (HEL.A.SY.TH.) and Vice President (2010-2013).
- Member of Board of the Greek Society for Systemic Thinking and Family Therapy (HESTAFTA) (1990-2001 and 2005-2007).
- Vice President of the National Society for Psychotherapy of Greece (N.O.P.G) (1998-2002) federation of scientific societies and educational centers, a member of the EuropeanUnion of Psychotherapists (EAP), responsible for the administration of the European Certificate of Psychotherapy.
Participation in International Societies
Member of the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA)
Member of the European Family Therapy Association (EFTA)
Member of the Executive Committee of the Mediterranean Society of Social Psychiatry (1990-1991). (ME.SPA)
Founding member and first Head of Department-Prevention Training Organisation Against Drugs(O.KA.ΝΑ., posting, 1995-1998) (three-year pilot prevention programs - education in 5 municipalities of Greece: Education-Supervision executives prevention school and local communities).
Family Program Therapeutic Community "Strophi", the Centre Addiction Treatment (KETHEA)(1991-1994).Educational work beyond working frameworks in collaboration with Graduate School, Universities, Ministries, Scientific Organizations, Institutions, Health and Mental Health, etc., mainly through experiential way. Member of the Scientific Advisory Group of AKMA (Trainer, Consultant Interdisciplinary psychotherapists, teachers, etc.).
Manager of Projects:
- Athens General Hospital "G. Gennimatas": Director in Psychiatry Clinic, est. debts Coordinator Director of the Psychiatric Department and Director Psychiatric Sector. (upuntil 2013) Establishment - Responsible Psychotherapy Unit of General Hospital ofAthens "G.Gennimatas'
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- Elected Member Board KETHEA (2005-2009),which has 70 units in Greece .
- President of 12th T.E.PS.Y. Attica State 6th TEPSY and T.O.PS.Y. Boeotia - Evia.
Founding member and President of the EU.'s Greek Society for deinstitutionalization and Mental Health (APOPSY)(1990)
Founding member of the Mental Health EINAP. Responsible for the issues of Mental Health United Coalition.
Secretary General of the Scientific Association of Psychiatric Hospital of Attica Daphni (1985-1986)
Member of the Editorial Board of the journal " Psychiatric Notebooks"
Member of the Scientific Board of the journal "Addiction".
Edited Books, publications in books and magazines.
Kyriaki Polychroni, M.A. , C.G.P. , E.C.P.
She is a founding Member of the European Family Therapy Association (EFTA) and the Association’s Immediate Past President. She is also currently the Vice-Chair of the Chamber of Training Institutes (EFTA-TIC).
Kyriaki Polychroni is a Member of the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA). Former Vice-President of the national branch of the European Association of Psychotherapists (E.A.P.). Founding Member of the American National Registry of Certified Group Psychotherapists (C.G.P.) and a long-standing Clinical Member of the American Group Psychotherapy Association (A.G.P.A.). Founding Member of the Hellenic Association of Systemic Therapy. Former Member of the Executive Council of the Association of Greek Psychologists.
Since 2008, Ms Polychroni is Joint Editor of “Human Systems: The European Journal of Therapy, Consultation and Training”, which was recently adopted as the official journal of EFTA.
Kyriaki Polychroni trains and supervises professionals in Systemic Group, Couple and Family Therapy. She lectures and conducts training throughout Greece and Europe.
Areas of specialization/publication:
- Experiential training in the Systems Approach and in Couple-Family Therapy through utilizing Group Processes.
- Sociocultural change influencing family functioning, particularly as related to the couple relationship and to the woman’s role.
- Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples and Families (EFT – EFFT)
Current areas of interest:
- Culturally Defined Patterns of Relating echoed in Partners’ Inner Voices as a means for facilitating change in the Couple/Family.
- Systems Epistemology and Adult Attachment Theory.
- Attachment in Group Psychotherapy
Mina Polemi-Todoulou, Ph.D., C.G.P., E.C.P
is a psychologist and acknowledged systemic family and group therapist, associate of the Athenian Institute of Anthropos (A.I.A.) since 1976, and a member of its Scientific Council of senior trainers, consultants and supervisors. She has served as Professor of psychology at the Social Work School in Athens and the Hellenic Open University graduate program, and as visiting professor of systemic epistemology at the graduate programs of the Universities of Crete and of Ioannina medical departments, and of the University of Athens. As A.I.A. Trainer she has participated in a number of training programs for professionals at home and abroad and in the American Group Psychotherapy (A.G.P.A.) Annual Conventions as a Faculty member.
She is married and has two daughters.
Her work focuses on health promoting community and large system interventions that utilize multilevel group processes and address issues of cultural and social change and the arising need for new self-organizing processes. Along with colleagues she has initiated an “Inter-Professional Consultation Program” for preschool and school institutions, community drug prevention centers, and mental health centers treating immigrant and disadvantaged families. Since 2010, she has led a nation-wide training program, sponsored by the Ministry of Education, for systemic applications utilizing group process in the school community, involving teachers from kindergarten through high school, from various regions in Greece. She has developed systemic methodologies for the training of families (focusing on couples and on mother-daughter relationship) and of professionals in the education, mental health and prevention fields. She has an extensive private practice as a family and group therapist, and supervisor since the mid-70s. She uses the “at least 3- system-levels and 3-views approach”, utilizing techniques co-developed at the A.I.A. over the last 4 decades. Her research focuses on early childhood environment and family, children’s cultural identity and heroes, group games across generations, cooperation patterns in families and groups, and multilevel interventions in institutions for children. She participates in the editorial committee of the Greek Human Systems Series since the early ‘80s, which has presented a number of important systemic thinkers to the Greek public and presently in the editorial committee of the EFTA Human Systems Journal. Her textbook on the systemic use of group process in adult training is widely used by the Athenian Institute of Anthropos p.44
Hellenic Open University Graduate programs and other training institutions.
She has been active in the development of the systemic community, participating in the founding and running of systemic scientific societies: founding member of the European Family Therapy Association, she has served in the board of its Chamber of National Family Therapy Organizations (EFTA-NFTO) as secretary 2004-2010 and currently as vice chair; founding member of the Hellenic Association for Systemic Therapy (HELASYTH) she has served in its board since the beginning and as chair for 2004-2010;
currently she is the president of the Hellenic Federation for Systemic and Family Therapy (ETHOS). She is a member of the American (APA) and of the Greek Psychologists Associations (SEPS) and a founding member of the Hellenic Association for Adult Education.
is a licensed Social Worker, Individual, Family and Group Systemic Psychotherapist. She was trained at the Athenian Institute of Anthropos. She is currently also in Private Practice.
She is a Member of Clinical Staff at the Athenian Institute of Anthropos (A.I.A), and a Member of the Training Team which provides training in various contexts:
- Experiential Seminars in Sensitization to Systemic Thinking and Epistemology
- Experiential Programs for Professionals in Training in the Systemic Approach to Family Functioning and Therapy
- Preventive Didactic Programs for Teacher, Parents, and Adolescents
- Experiential 3-Generational Genograms
She is Member of the Hellenic Assosiation of Psychotherapy, member of the Hellenic Association of Systemic Therapy and member of the Hellenic Association of Social Workers
Social worker and family therapist. He has being trainied in Systemic Dialectic Approach, at the Athenian Institute of Anthropos. Worked for almost 20 years, in the field of Addiction. During the last 8 years of his work in rehabilitation, he has The Family Unit.
Since January 2010, he started working privately as psychotherapist with individuals, couples, families and groups. In the same year he began his collaboration with A.I.A.
He is a certified Counselor in the area of Addiction (I.C.R.C) and a member of the European Family Therapy Association (E.F.T.A).
Vassilis has more than 25 years of experience as an addiction and family therapist and more 20 years of experience as a group therapist. He studied counselling and management of health organizations and completed his master’s degree in “Counseling Psychology” in England.
In 2000 he founded together with two of his current partners the Centre for Research of Human Behavior, which is the first private sector organization in the field of addiction and prevention in Greece.
Vassilis has been actively involved in actions regarding prevention, therapy and education of professionals in the health care sector both in Greece and Cyprus.
In 2008 he was honoured and awarded for his outstanding contribution in the addiction field by the Minister of health in Cyprus. In 2015 the Centre for Research received an award of being amongst the 15 most influential organizations in Greece regarding their impact to communities (Social impact awards )
In 2002 he began a 10-year training in Systemic approach at the Athenian Institute of Anthropos, specializing in family therapy, group therapy, and systemic practice. For the last 10 years, he has a position as a clinical and training associate at the Athenian Institute of Anthropos. He's actively involved in family, one to one and group therapy, supervision to health professionals and teaching in seminars for systemic leadership and organizational growth.
Vassilis is a certified clinical member of the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA-CGP) and a member of the European Family Therapy Association (EFTA), as well as a member of several addiction professionals’ organizations.
Vassilis has an intimate relationship with music. Since he was 8 years he has been studying, composing and performing as a classical and electric guitarist in many different levels and contexts. Musicality is always an integral part of his that is emphasized within his therapeutic and educational work with Anthropos.
Diplome, Pedagogie Curative, Universitι de Fribourg, Switzerland. Diploma of Pedagogy, Academy of Education, Larissa, Greece.
Private Practice both in Athens and Larissa (1976-to-date), in Family Therapy, Group Therapy and Prevention through Socioeducational Experience.
Family Therapist and Trainer at the Therapeutic Community ‘’Exodos’’ of the Therapeutic Center for Addicted Individuals and their Families, (KE.THE.A).
Former Associate of the Foster-Family Program and the Program for Staff Training in Child Development, Family Dynamics and Institutionalized Care at the National Model Preschool Center of Kalithea.
Former Teacher at the American College Program of the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Former Director of the Center for the Prevention of Delinquency of the Society for the Protection of Juveniles, Greek Ministry of Justice.
Founding Member of the Hellenic Association of Systemic Therapy. Member of the American (A.G.P.A.) and International (I.A.G.P.) Group Psychotherapy Associations.
Member of the International Family Therapy Association (I.F.T.A.).
Areas of specialization:
- Family Therapy and Group Therapy with Children and Adolescents.
- Actualization of Psychological Evaluation Test Results to Therapy.
- Sensitization to Child Development and Family Dynamics for Groups of Mothers.
Licensed Social Worker, Athens School of Social Work. Member of the Hellenic Association of Social Workers. Member of the American (A.G.P.A.) and International (I.A.G.P.) Group Psychotherapy Associations and of the International Family Therapy Association (I.F.T.A.). Areas of specialization: Sensitization to Family Dynamics for Groups of Mothers and Promotion of Family Functioning through Exploring Relations among 3 Generations.
Child Psychiatrist, University of Athens Medical School.
Research and Training Director at the Athens Child Mental Health Center of the Greek Institution for Social Security. Associate of the Therapeutic Program ‘’Nostos’’ of the Therapeutic Center for Addicted Individuals and their Families, (KE.THE.A).
Founding Member of the Hellenic Association of Systemic Therapy. Member of the Hellenic Child Psychiatric Association, the Greek Psychiatric Society and the Greek Adolescent Medicine Association. Member of the International Association of Group Psychotherapy (I.A.G.P.) and the International Family Therapy Association (I.F.T.A.). Area of specialization: Actualization of Systems Approach for Prevention and the Application of Family Therapy and Group Therapy to Child Psychiatric Disorders and to Substance Abuse-Dependency.
Ms Malvina Tsounaki is a Clinical Psychologist, Ms., and a Marriage and Family Therapist educated in the U.S.A and Greece. She works privately in her office and trains the Diagnostic Psychological Assessment Test seminar at AKMA and Family Therapy.
She is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA) and the American European Family Therapy Association (APA). For the past 12 years, she is a board member of the European Family Therapy Association and Hellenic Association for Systemic Therapy of Families, Individuals and Groups (Helasyth).
is a Child Psychiatrist and a Systemic Family and Group Therapist.
She was trained at the Athenian Institute of Anthropos and she is now a member of it’s Clinical and Training staff. She holds a Post graduated Degree in “Promoting Mental Health- Preventing Psychiatric Disorders”, of the Medical School, National University of Athens, Social Medicine-Psychiatric and Neurological Section.
She works at the Child Psychiatric Unit at the Tzaneio General Hospital of Pireas. Ms. Kottorou is a Supervisor in various psychiatric units.
She is a member of ELESYTH (Greek Association of Systemic Family Therapy)