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

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.

Core Topics:

  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 27, 2017: S. Freud: The Death Drive – the intertwining of aggression and sexuality (Zervis C.)
  • December 12, 2017: The Course of Aggression During the Psychosexual Development – Otto Kernberg’s integrative object relations theory (Papaconstantinou C.)
  • December 18, 2017:  Trauma: the violence of non-figurability (Lazaratou T.)
  • January 8, 2018: Aggression in Adolescence: drive discharge and intrapsychic processes; developmental and psychopathological components (Anastasopoulos D.)
  • January 22, 2018: Transgenerational Transmission of Trauma: the example of the Greek Civil War (Takis N.)
  • February 5, 2018: Malignant Narcissism and Psychopathy – psychotic processes (Panagiotopoulou I.)
  • February 26, 2018: Turn of Aggression Against the Self – depression and melancholia; guilt – superego and shame – ego ideal (Koralli E.)
  • March 5, 2018: The Murder of the Internal Object – suicidality (Alexandridis A.)
  • March 19, 2018: Aggression in Transference-Countertransference (splitting phenomena, acting out, idealization, projective identification) (Vartzopoulos I.)
  • April 2, 2018: On some forms of connection of trauma and violence in borderline patients and social groups (Maniadakis G.)
  • April 16, 2018: Narcissism of death and psychopathy – psychotic processes. (Petrou M.)
  • April 30, 2018: Numb of fear – the unspoken family violence of narcissistic envy (Konstantakaki E.)
  • May 14, 2018: Domestic Violence: family dynamics and forms of abuse (Apergi T.)

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 have deepened their knowledge and understanding on the complex role of aggression, on the psychosexual development and the therapeutic relationship. Furthermore, they will have enriched their clinical armamentarium and broadened the rates of their psychotherapeutic interventions.

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 Fees

Regular single participant fee: €250

Discounted fee for:

  • Deree students/alumni,
  • INPSY personnel, and
  • Past participants of INPSY – Deree Seminars: €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.

To reserve your place, please fill out the form and e-mail it to [email protected]. For more information, please call 210 600 9800 ext. 1332 or email [email protected].