The ‘Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation’ after the completion of a training colloquium with rapporteurs the school psychologists Derek Wilson and Colin Newton, assumed the training and supervision of primary school teachers to implement the program Peer Mediation in some schools of Attica. The Peer Mediation program has been approved in its entirety by the Ministry of Education. The scientific design and supervision of the program was carried out by the Foundation’s psychologists-collaborators who support the implementation of the program and cooperate with teachers that are responsible for its application in each school. The peer mediation program is based on the idea of students’ education so that they function as school mentors (counselors) and mediators in order to resolve conflicts between other students.
The implementation includes three steps: a. Selecting students – mediators through applications and interviews (up to 18 students), b. Training (6 hours) and c. Weekly supervision during the conduct of the program at school (anonymous discussion of incidents).
Sofia Kapnogianni studied Psychology in Swansea, Wales and has acquired an MSc in Child Development in the Institute of Education, University of London. She has been trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for children, adolescents and adults in a four year course by Institute of Behaviour Research and Therapy in Athens. During her stay in UK she worked and received training by the Early Autism Project of London, she was trained in TEACCH and in EarlyBird Plus psychoeducational program for parents with children in the autistic spectrum. In Athens she was trained in learning difficulties in the one year program by ΕΨΥΠΕ and has attended plenty of seminars and congresses in her field. She works with Aikaterini Laskaridi Foundation in the Psychoeducational Programs domain, she is an instructor in a psychoeducational programme for adult depression in IBRT. She runs her private practice in Halandri , Athens since 2005 and is a scientific collaborator in a private therapeutic centre. She is one of the cowriters of the book for professionals in psychology “Beat Depression”, writer or scientific articles and presenter in congresses in Psychology.
Anastasia Sofianopoulou is a licensed Psychologist (1351/2004). She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the National University of Athens. She is trained in psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral approach and has been certified by the Greek Trust of Research of Behaviour and the European Society of Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy (CBT09-009). She is a lecturer at the University of Athens. She works with children and adolescents, practises parental counseling and couple therapy, and coordinates group projects.
Katerina Sofianopoulou is a psychologist (MSc), with training in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy of children. She has been trained in cognitive-behavioral Drama for children with autism and in specific learning disorders (difficulties). Her scientific activity includes participation in research programs, announcements at conferences and writing articles on issues related to the cognitive behavioral treatment of children and therapeutic video games. She has cooperated with the Children Psychiatric Clinic of St Sophia Children's Hospital and the Mental Health Center of Peristeri. Since 2013 she has been working as a psychologist at Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation, (on) implementing mental health programs in primary and secondary levels of education. Since 2014, she has been collaborating with private centers and professionals, offering cbt treatment to children and adolescents, diagnosis and rehabilitation of specific learning difficulties, parental counseling and CBD for children with autism.