Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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Athenian Institute of Anthropos, The

  • Mina Polemi-TodoulouEmail author
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The Athenian Institute of Anthropos (AIA).


The Athenian Institute of Anthropos (AIA) – the first center for family therapy, group therapy, community interventions, and systemic practice in Europe – was founded in 1963 in Greece, by George and Vasso Vassiliou, as a center for training, therapy, prevention, consultation, research, and development of systemic applications to the systems ofAnthropos (meaning the whole human being, in Greek).

The AIA logo, with the image of a lantern, accompanied by the ancient Greek philosopher Diogenes’ quote “For Anthropos I search,” symbolizes the vision of its founders for a world where cooperation and humanness would prevail over antagonism and exploitation.

The ΑΙΑ has been functioning for over 50 years as a collective professional coevolving process, as an international interdisciplinary meeting point and incubator of theory development, and as a base for launching collaborative community-oriented projects.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Scientific Council MemberThe Athenian Institute of AnthroposAthensGreece

Section editors and affiliations

  • Maria Borcsa
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Applied Sciences NordhausenNordhausenGermany