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      Social Psychology and Social Pedagogy: Their Interdisciplinarity in Group Counselling for Parents

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      International Journal of Social Pedagogy

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          Nowadays Greece faces multiple transitions and difficulties at financial, social and interpersonal level. Undoubtedly family counselling offers help and support to deal with various problems raised within family and school contexts. Since 1998, the Ministry of Education and Religion has provided supportive counselling to families free of charge through the programme Parents’ Schools. Specialists from different fields (psychologists, pedagogues, social workers) participate as coordinators of parents’ groups. The application is based on basic notions of the field of social psychology, systemic theory and social pedagogy. The current paper focuses on the presentation of family counselling in Greece and the description of the interdisciplinary approach between social psychology and social pedagogy in the methodology of Parents’ Schools.

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                International Journal of Social Pedagogy
                UCL Press (UK )
                1 January 2015
                : 4
                : 1
                : 219-226
                University of Ioannina, Greece
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                Correspondence to: Artemis Giotsa, Department of Early Childhood Education, Faculty of Education, University of Ioannina, 45110, Ioannina, Greece. E-mail: agiotsa@

                *Artemis Giotsa is Associate Professor of Social Psychology at the Department of Early Childhood Education, Faculty of Education, Ioannina, Greece. She has participated and conducted many national and cross-cultural projects in the field of social psychology, in the field of psychology focused on family relationships and family representations, parent training, immigrants, Roma, national identity, crisis intervention, systems theory in different contexts (family, schools, community). Since 2005, she is also the scientific coordinator of the Parents’ Schools programme in Greece, supported by the Ministry of Education, focused on lifelong learning of adults and applied in vulnerable populations (prisoners, immigrants, Roma, parents with children with special needs, stereotypes and discriminations in the family). She has adapted in Greece the programme ACT/Adults and Children Together Against Violence created by the American Psychological Association (APA). She is the author of four books and editor of 10 books. To date she has published many articles and book chapters, and she has participated with over 80 oral presentations in many international and national conferences. She is also the author of a psychometric scale on Family Roles with cross-cultural validity published by Cambridge University Press and awarded with the 2007 Ursula Gielen Global Psychology Book Award of the International Psychology Division (52) of the American Psychological Association and been awarded by the Untested Ideas Outstanding Book Editor Award 2014. She has been elected as President Elect (2014-2016) of the International Society of Interpersonal Acceptance Rejection (ISIPAR) and represents the Greek Psychological Society in the European Federation of Psychological Association in Brussels as member of the Board of Ethics and the Task of Human Rights.

                Copyright © 2015 The Author(s). [Special issue title, Social Pedagogy in Times of Crisis in Greece]

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