Systemic Family Therapy in Greece: Polyphony and Diversity
The paper aims at presenting the state of the art regarding systemic/family therapy in Greece, in relation to practice, professional and accreditation issues and training. It is argued that systemic/family therapy in Greece constitutes a lively and diverse terrain with roots in the 1960s and a rapid dissemination of the approach following the mid 1980s. The field's development in Greece is out-sketched by means of 'data' collected from a variety of sources, like web sites of associations and training centers, published articles and informal and semi-structured interviews conducted with seminal figures. First, a concise historical overview of the birth of systemic/family therapy is presented in relation to the wider socio-political context and the attempt for the reform of the psychiatric system in Greece during the 1980s. Second, a brief sketch of the existing associations as well as of the contexts where systemic/family therapy is practiced is outlined in relation to issues regarding accreditation and statutory regulations. Third, a non-exhaustive list of currently existing training programs is reviewed in respect of axis, like their content and structure, accreditation issues, entry requirements, etc. The paper concludes with inferences regarding the existing state of the art including future potential directions, whilst hinting to research ventures, which could enrich our understanding of both the history and the potential of the field in the Greek context. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media New York.