History of the Institute

History of the Institute

The Hellenic Institute for Group Analytic & Family Psychotherapy has been founded in 1983 by Matthew Josafat. The initial founding core also included psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and trainees in Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. The first group of trainers was formed with the participation, among others, of N. Zikos, E. Kaliteraki, D. Kyriazis, M. Nilsen, D. Rigas, N. Haberis.

The founded Institute has been acknowledged as a Scientific Corporation in 1983 by the Court of First Instance of Athens. The same year, the Institute’s first Board of Directors and Educational Committee have been established. The Educational Committee was responsible for the organization and implementation of the curriculum. The Educational Board was formed with the participation of the aforementioned members, who have previously completed the required training programme in group analysis and family therapy.

From 1988 on, a five-year fundamental training in group analysis, couple and family therapy has been established. Since then, 34 study cycles have been organized in the context of the educational curriculum. The Institute has organized important scientific conferences and workshops, with the participation of distinguished lecturers from Greece and abroad.

The initial Statute has been complemented and revised twice. Following the last Statute revision, that took place in 2013, the initial title of the Institute (Hellenic Institute for Group Analysis and Family Therapy) has been renamed to “Hellenic Institute for Group Analytic & Family Psychotherapy”. The current administration of the Institute is constituted by the Administration Board and a number of working committees.


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