The Institute of Systemic Therapy of Thessaloniki, member of the Training Institutes Chamber of the European Family Therapy Association (EFTA-TIC) offers a four-years training program in systemic therapy, based on the guidelines for training family and systemic therapists of the European Family Therapy Association (EFTAand includes the full program of systemic couples’ therapy of our Institute.


Our Institute is associate member of the National Organization for Psychotherapy of Greece (NOPG, member of EAP).

Emphasis is placed on the therapist’s self-awareness, his/her familiarity with human communication and on clinical application. Therefore the experiential exercises, the role-plays, the supervision of the trainees’ cases and the live sessions have a central roleduring the training.

The aim is that in a safe environment the competencies of the trainees emerge, their therapeutic skills are cultivated and that their role as therapists or counselors is encouraged.


The training program lasts four years (1.450 hours), including 10 weekends per year and participation in a therapy group on a fortnightly basis. The group coordinates the psychologist, systemic therapist Mrs. Elli Manatou.


The hours of training, which the trainees have attended or attend in other recognized institutes as well as the therapy-hours with other recognized therapists can be taken into account/ consideration.


Content of the training program
Theoretical and practical topics
Basic concepts and development of systemic theory.
Schools of family therapy (videos, simulations) with emphasis on the experiential and narrative approaches.
Life-cycle and developmental stages of a family.
Cultural differences in the family organization.
Models of change  and psychological approaches.
Couples’ therapy.
Systemic psychodrama.
Formation of a therapeutic relationship and process.
Therapy-methods from other psychotherapy-schools, which are compatible with the systemic approach.
Application on different psychopathological cases.
Application on self-encounter groups.
Application in a school context.
Application on research.
Ethical issues.


Personal development of the trainee
Genogram of the trainee.
Self-reflexivity through experiential exercises and supervision groups.
Learning psychotherapy in a group.


Clinical experience
Participation in therapist-groups.
Participation as co-therapist.
Supervision (in a group and individually).

In certain subjects guest-trainers are invited.

Trainees who have completed the program are able to become members of the Systemic Association of North Greece (SANG) and of the European Family Therapy Association (EFTA), if fulfilling the other criteria of these associations. Also have the possibility to obtain  the European Certificate of Psychotherapy, three years after completing the training and if they fullfil the other prerequisites (degree in Human Sciences and work permission).

Requirements for participation: 

The program is meant for mental health professionals, like psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, mental health consultants and for students of these fields.

For further information and registration please contact Mrs. Ioannidou under: 6944-367046.


Basic trainer:

Virginia Ioannidou