Seminars/Workshops for the Public

Georges Seurat, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, 1884-86, Art Institute of Chicago, USA
Mary Cassatt,The Boating Party, 1893-94, National Gallery of Art, Washington, USA

"Attachment and the relationships of our lives" [in Greek]

Coordinator: George Kalarritis

Our primary attachments to parents or/and significant others exist in and impact on, sometimes in an imperceptible and others in a more crispy way, our daily experiences. Consciously or unconsciously we are deeply touched by it as children, parents, mates,  friends, colleagues. It is in those primary attachments that we need to refer to in order to comprehend and encapsulate the crucial nascence of  what we gradually became. In those attachments of our first years we should recur to in order to discover its influence on the ways we interact with others as adults. Finally we should return to those attachments with our parents if we want to give meaning to our ways of raising children and our relationship with them, both of them being unconsciously affected, sometimes in a decisive degree, by these first relationships.

During the seminar/workshop we will explore, in a participatory way, all the relevant findings from neuroscience, developmental psychology, clinical work in psychotherapy that make primary attachments so crucial in the development of our personality and our later relationships.

The conclusions of these findings set us free from the infertile disjunction between genes and environment and allow us to synthesise gene influences with environmental interventions in understanding and changing our relational map.

Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Children’s Games, 1560, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria

"Parents, children, and screens: conflict or alliance?" [in Greek]

Coordinator: Dimitra Androulaki

Most of us, who have at least one screen in our homes and one or more children, have wondered about the right use of this “temptation” by our children as well as by us. Which applications are proper, which games, how much time per day, how I can make him to switch off, how I can control its use?

Sometimes we are more relaxed because it is happening in every home, other times we are alarmed hearing about a fraud, a harassment or a crime via the internet.

The seminar is aimed at parents of preadolescent and adolescent children as well as at others who are interested to the subject.

During the seminar we are going to explore what is happening when parents, children, and screens live under the same roof and how to make this living peaceful and constructive.

Specifically we will navigate into the following issues:

  • Internet characteristics
  • Hazards of its use and abuse
  • What makes internet, and especially some games so exciting?
  • Internet & video game abuse and addiction
  • Why teens are more vulnerable to get hooked on screens?
  • What a parent can do if he/she sees his/her child to spend many hours in front of a screen?
  • How we can do the internet and video games allies and tools for knowledge and entertainment for all in the family and not enemies or apple of discord?
Edouard Manet, The Monet family in their garden at Argenteuil, 1874, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

"Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.)" [in Greek]

Coordinator: Dimitra Androulaki

Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.) is aiming at the creation of a family environment that fosters responsibility, cooperation, self discipline, autonomy, creativity and social interest to your children, in addition to a substantial and harmonious parent child relationship so that the inevitable life’s problems to be dealt with effectively and in a civilised manner.

This training is offered in greek in its authentic form according to Dr Thomas Gordon model.

  • Your children will feel free to discuss their problems and concerns with you instead of withdrawing.
  • They will learn self-discipline, self-control and an inner sense of personal responsibility.
  • You will learn how to work with each other instead of against each other.
  • You’ll experience fewer angry outbursts and more problem-solving.
  • Everyone can participate in rule-setting so all will feel motivated to comply with the rules.
  • Fewer power struggles–less tension, less resentment, more fun, more peace, more love.

You will learn:

  • How to talk to your children so that they will listen to you.
  • How to listen to your children so they feel genuinely understood.
  • How to resolve conflicts and problems in your family so that no one loses and problems stay solved.
  • A method for troubleshooting family problems and knowing which skills to use to solve them.

Dimitra Androulaki is a certified collaborator of Gordon Hellas and is entitled to offer the workshop to the general public.