Violence and Aggression, from the Intrapsychic to the Intrapersonal, from the Individual to the Social Level: A Psychoanalytic Approach

When: 13 lectures taking place twice a month on Mondays at 20:00 – 22:00, from 27/11/2017 to 14/5/2018.

Where: The American College of Greece, Institute of Diplomacy and Global Affairs building, 17b Ipitou Str., Plaka, Athens

Language of Instruction: English

Audience: By registration only 


The Institute of Mental Health for Children and Adults (In.Psy. – ΙΨΥΠΕ) and The School of Graduate and Professional Education at Deree – The American College of Greece, are co-organizing a series of psychodynamic seminars for a third consecutive year, with the support of the Society for Social Psychiatry and Mental Health.


  1. The role of aggression in the formation of the psyche
  2. Psychopathological manifestations of aggression
  3. Aggression in the psychotherapeutic process
  4. Social manifestations of aggression and violence


  • November 2017: S. Freud: The Death Drive – the intertwining of aggression and sexuality
  • December 2017: The Course of Aggression During the Psychosexual Development – Otto Kernberg’s integrative object relations theory
  • December 2017: Trauma: the violence of non-figurability
  • January 2018: Aggression in Adolescence: drive discharge and intrapsychic processes; developmental and psychopathological components
  • January 2018: Domestic Violence: family dynamics and forms of abuse
  • February 2018: Malignant Narcissism and Psychopathy – psychotic processes
  • February 2018: Turn of Aggression Against the Self – depression and melancholia; guilt – superego and shame – ego ideal
  • March 2018: The Murder of the Internal Object – suicidality
  • March 2018: Aggression in Transference-Countertransference (splitting phenomena, acting out, idealization, projective identification)
  • April 2018: On some forms of connection of trauma and violence in borderline patients and social groups
  • April 2018: Countertransference and negative therapeutic reaction
  • April 2018: Numb of fear – the unspoken family violence of narcissistic envy
  • May 2018: Transgenerational Transmission of Trauma: the example of the Greek Civil War

Aggression, being inherently connected with the formation of the “mental apparatus” from its onset, defines and dictates the psychosexual development of the individual, as part of a fundamental instinctual background.

Aggression is discerned from destructivity, as the former might be a derivative of the drive of life, libido and/or its interweaving with the death drive. From the object relations’ perspective, aggression might even be a form of communication with the object, the other.

Modern psychoanalysis attributes increased significance in the role of aggression, underscoring its complex relation to sexuality and the variety of its nuances: from self-preservation and activeness, to negativity, disengagement, and violent destructive manifestations. Aggression might be in the service of the Ego, or in contrary, serving in its fragmentation and disorganization.

Aggression also manifests in the psychotherapeutic process and in various psychopathological conditions. Finally, in its social aspect, it usually emerges as a phenomenon of dissolution and destabilization of social bonds and institutions.

This seminar will focus on the meaning of aggression and will explore in depth its contribution to the formation of the human psyche, and its psychopathological expression, as well as its impact on bonds and relations of various forms (psychotherapeutic, intrafamilial and social).

The seminar lecturers and instructors are highly experienced psychoanalysts, well acknowledged and highly respected, both in the scientific community and in their practice. They represent a wide range of clinical settings in academic, private, and public institutions.

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Scientific Committee of the Seminar:

Demetrios Anastasopoulos (INPSY), Constantinos Papaconstantinou (INPSY), Nikolaos Takis (Deree – The American College of Greece), Alexandros Lountzis (INPSY)

Who is this for?

The seminar is addressed to mental health professionals – psychiatrists, child-psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, speech therapists, art therapists, occupational therapists, mental health nurses and more – who are seeking an informed and grounded experience, along with training on the seminar’s topic.

NOTE: The process of participant selection will be based on clinical and psychotherapeutic experience, among other criteria. The number of participants is limited and therefore priority, based on date of application, will also be considered.

Learning Outcomes

Upon seminar completion, participants will be able to appreciate the importance and role of the body in psychopathological conditions and enrich their clinical repertoire   with some of the psychotherapeutic interventions that will be presented.

Why attend

The seminar offers both an introduction and further insight on concepts related to aggression and its significance for the clinical practice. It covers a considerable part of mental disorders, while the use of clinical material presentation offers opportunities for deeper understanding.

Duration (number of hours)

13 lectures, each 2 hours long


The ACG building in the area of Plaka (17 Ipitou Str.), close to the Syntagma square in the center of Athens.

Dates and Time

Lectures will take place twice a month on Mondays at 20:00 – 22:00, from November 27, 2017 until May 14, 2018.

  • Seminar 1: 27/11/2017
  • Seminar 2: 11/12/2017
  • Seminar 3: 18/12/2017 (1-week gap instead of 2 due to upcoming public holiday)
  • Seminar 4: 8/1/2018
  • Seminar 5: 22/1/2018
  • Seminar 6: 5/2/2018
  • Seminar 7: 26/2/2018 (3-week gap instead of 2 due to upcoming public holiday)
  • Seminar 8: 5/3/2018
  • Seminar 9: 19/3/2018
  • Seminar 10: 2/4/2018
  • Seminar 11: 16/4/2018
  • Seminar 12: 30/4/2018
  • Seminar 13: 14/5/2018

Seminar Fees

Regular single participant fee: €250

Discounted fee for Deree students/alumni and INPSY personnel: €180

Payment Methods

Payment can be made in cash at the Student Success Center at Deree – The American College of Greece, 6 Gravias Street, Aghia Paraskevi, as well as by credit card or bank deposit.

  • National Bank: 180/480000-14
  • Alpha Bank: 436.00.2320000189

For bank deposits you will need a depositor’s code number, which we can provide you with as soon as we receive your registration form. After you complete the bank transaction, please make a dark photocopy of the bank slip, write your name clearly on a blank space, and fax it to +30 210 608 1710.

To pay by credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express), please tick the respective box on the application form and we will send you the appropriate form.

The application form can be found here.