The Athenian Institute of Anthropos
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.
The Scope and Character
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