Seminars/Workshops for Mental Health Professionals

Rembrandt, The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp, 1632, Mauritshuis, The Hague, Netherlands
Georgios Jakobides, Role reversal, 1892, Private collection

"'All you need is love'. Attachment theory in Psychotherapy" [in greek]

Coordinator: George Kalarritis

Although we can not define it most of the times, love is what we all try to have in our lives. We can not specify how much of it we want or we can endure. If we can give it, receive it, or if we deserve it. We often wonder how much love we received in our lives and almost every time our mind goes to parents, grandparents, siblings and other people who loved us or we wanted to have done so.
Many times we suspect, or we are certain, that in those primary relationships there are clues which can help us understand our current relationships and why, some times, they fall sort of our expectations or they  do not cover our needs.

Attachment theory suggests a framework of understanding our emotional development and the creation of our personality. It claims that our first relationships with those who cared for us are introjected as models of relating to people and determine the type and the way of relating to others in later life. 

The seminar/workshop is suitable for mental health professionals. Applications of other relevant professionals will be considered on an individual basis.

Its aim is to interrelate attachment theory with psychotherapeutic & counselling practice where the clinician, as a “secure base” confronts the challenge to help people repair disrupted, deficient or detached emotional bonds.

Among the subjects that we are going to cover theoretically as well as experientially and via clinical vignettes, are: Basic concepts of attachment theory, transmission of attachment style, creation and cut off of attachment, neurobiology of attachment, temperament & attachment, psychological strategies and defences in insecure attachments, evaluation instruments of attachment style, attachment disorders in various ages and their treatment, etc..

Hieronymus Bosch, Cutting the Stone, c. 1494 or later, Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain

"Neurosciences and their application to Psychotherapy" [in greek]

Coordinator: George Kalarritis

The seminar is suitable for mental health as well as for other health & education professionals and students with an interest in psychotherapy. 

It focuses on the rapid and exciting developments in the field of neurosciences and the application of their findings in psychotherapy, counselling and  psychoeducation of individuals, couples, families, and groups.   

The seminar investigates the principles of the development and organisation of the brain (a social organ which is constructed genetically as well as through environmental interactions, especially relationships) on the level of basic structures and complex systems, and tries to illuminate both the healthy & the suffering mind. 

The synthesis of this knowledge with the day to day practice of psychotherapeutic & counselling work offers new ways of interventions and validates old ones, putting a special emphasis  on the therapeutic relationship as a lever for new neuronal synapses and changes in the lives of people.

Eugène Laermans, The Drunkard, 1898, , Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels, Belgium

"Substance Use and Abuse. A systemic approach of understanding and treatment" [in greek]

Coordinator: George Kalarritis

The seminar is suitable for mental health professionals and students, other professionals who work in the drug abuse field in various treatment & prevention settings, educators, lawyers, medical doctors, nurses who are interested in the subject.

It investigates, among many aspects of the subject:

  • The understanding of the drug use, abuse, dependence continuum,
  • The biopsychosocial etiology of the phenomenon,
  • The counselling and treatment approaches to the problem
  • Evaluation
  • Treatment planning
  • Placing in the treatment continuum
  • Phases of therapy
  • Drugs and the family
  • Family oriented interventions
  • Special populations