Psychosomatics: Function and Disorders in Children

A 6-lecture Professional Education seminar with Athanasios Alexandridis, PhD

When: November 26, 2018 – February 25, 2019 every Monday at 20:00-22:00.

Where: Byzantine & Christian Museum (22 Vas. Sofias Avenue, 106 75 Athens)

Language of Instruction: Greek

Audience: By registration only 


Psychosomatic problems frequently manifest in the adults and children’s psychotherapists’ clinical practice. Mental health professionals need to be well informed about them, so as to be in a position to detect and handle such cases effectively. This seminar offers a unique chance to bridge the gap between the psychological development and the bodily functions and manifestations in the therapists’ clinical practice.

The theoretical presentations will be accompanied by examples derived from the clinical practice of the instructor. The level of the seminar will be equivalent to the courses of a Master’s Program in Clinical Psychology (Level 7, UK system).

This 12-hour seminar provides a firm context for the understanding of psychosomatic dysfunctions and illnesses that manifest in infancy and childhood, in six two-hour meetings. The major topics that are covered include:

  1. The main psychoanalytic theories for the organization of the psychosomatic entity.
  2. The family as a psychosomatic system.
  3. Fixation and trauma.
  4. Presentation of the main psychosomatic disorders.
  5. Psychosomatics as expansion of psychoanalytic theory and complement of the modern medical practice: The holistic model.

Who is this course for?

The seminar is addressed to psychologists, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, and mental health professionals who are working (or intend to work) with children and their families in the areas of mental health, education, social work and paediatrics or medicine. The seminar is also open to senior undergraduate and graduate psychology students.

Learning Outcomes

Seminar participants will be enabled to better detect the psychological factors that contribute significantly in the manifestation of psychosomatic disorders and evaluate the impact of family and environmental relations and deficits, which interfere with and compromise the healthy psychosomatic development of children. Finally, the participants will learn to prepare a treatment plan for a child suffering from a psychosomatic disorder and his/her family.

Dates & times

The seminar will be held the following Mondays, 20:00-22:00:

2018: November 26, December 13 (Thursday)

2019: January 14, January 28, February 11, February 25

Seminar Fees

Regular single participant fee: €170
Members of the ACG community and unemployed: €150

Athanasios Alexandridis, PhD

Athanasios Alexandridis is a psychiatrist, child’s psychiatrist, holds a doctorate both in Psychology and Medical science. He is a training analyst of the French (APF), Greek (HPS) and International (IPA) Psychoanalytical Associations. He has been trained in psychosomatics in the Psychosomatic Institute IPSO- P.MARTY, PARIS. He is the author of multiple books and articles. He is the writer of the book “Child’s Psychosoma”, Gavrielides Editions, Athens, 2014 [In Greek], “Le Psychosoma Infantile” L’ Harmattan, Paris, 2017 [in French].

For information in Greek please click here.

For more information, please call 210 600 9800 ext. 1332 or email [email protected].