Thoughts on the occasion of the pandemic

Eirini Tsanira
Psychiatrist – Child psychiatrist – Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist for children, adolescents and adults

First phase

Many people lost their lives with the appearance of the coronavirus which literally surprised us. It threatened our biological existence and forced us – in a crude and violent way – to remember our vulnerability but also our mortality. Our omnipotence collapsed,confusion prevailed but the fact that the first loses were people of a certain age, described as “old people”, seems to have allowed many to mobilize the omnipotence of youth and to resort to some kind of denial of reality and its dangers. The “old people” passed away after living the agony of death, alone, without the presence of someone of their own or someone else available to facilitate their “work of the end” (it was practically impossible).

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Memento mori [Remember that you will die]

Eir. Tsanira

Thoughts we used to be preoccupied with

Shortly before the start of the pandemic we talked about the prevalence of a fluid reality [Bauman] in the Western world, with its main features being the refusal to accept restrictions and limits, the unconditional domination of youth, the intense and addictive pursuit of pleasure and its instrumentalization of knowledge. The tendency to avoid mental suffering and mental toil prevailed, promoting and supporting the omnipotence of the individual, while at the same time there was a devaluation but also a denial of any damage and loss – to the point of the denial of death itself.

We know, however, that when the psychization weakens, when we have a decline in the mental capacity to process what is happening, the creative existence of the Subject essentially recedes. De-psychicization prevails and an attempt is made to refute reality.
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Conference “Absence, loss and work of mourning”

Event dedicated to the memory of Claire Synodinou.

Hellenic Society of Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (HACAPP)

Saturday, February 8, 2020
Athens French Institute

Free Entrance


09:00 – 09:15 Προσέλευση
09:15 – 09:30 Greeting
Efi Lagiou-Lignou, Chairman of HACAPP
Elena Kosma & Nancy Taloumi, HACAPP library and Claire Synodinou donation moderators.
09:30 – 11:00 Keynote speech
«Self-eroticisms and mental separation “, Kostas Nasikas
Commentary on the speech of Kostas Nasikas, Elena Kosma
Coordination: Olympia Skleidi
11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 12:45 Round Table
“Destiny: The expectation of a meeting”, Konstantinos Kapetanakis,
«From the loss of the mother gaze to the abyss of separation “, Nancy Taloumi
Coordination: Mata Matsouka
12:45 – 13:00 Break
13:00 – 14:30 Round Table
«Denial of mourning “, Ioanna Panagiotopoulou-Achimastou
«The experience of loss in adolescence “, Dimitris Anastasopoulos
Coordination: Irini Tsanira
14:30 – 14:50 Κλείσιμο

Claire Synodinou was a Psychoanalyst, a member of the Hellenic Psychoanalytic Society and the Psychoanalytic Society of Paris (SPP). She was Professor of Clinical Psychology, Psychopathology and Psychoanalysis at Panteion University and Professor of Psychopathology at the University of Paris VII. She was awarded the Order of the Academic Phoenix of the French Republic (Chevalier de l ‘Ordre des Palmes Académiques).

Organizational committee

Library Coordinators
Elena Kosma
Nancy Taloumi

The members of the Committee for Scientific Events and Research
Maria Tselika
Antonia Fyrigou


Anastasopoulos Dimitris,
Psychiatrist, Child Psychiatrist, Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychotherapist, member of HACAPP and HAPP

Kapetanakis Konstantinos,
Psychoanalyst, member of HPA and IPA

Kosma Elena,
Clinical psychologist, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, member of HACAPP

Lagiou-Lignou Efi,
Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, Chairman of HACAPP, Member of ACP (UK)

Matsouka Mata,
Clinical psychologist, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, member of HACAPP

Nasikas Kostas,
Child Psychiatrist-Psychoanalyst, member of the Association Psychanalytique de France (APF), Medical Officer of the Teen House of Lyon and Invited to Teaching at the University of Lyon 1

Panagiotopoulou-Achimastou Ioanna,
Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst, HPA and IPA member

Skleidi Olympia,
Clinical Psychologist, instructor and supervisor at HACAPP, and member of the Association of Child Psychotherapists, UK

Taloumi Nancy,
Clinical psychologist, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, member of HACAPP

Tsanira Eirini,
Child Psychiatrist, Psychiatrist, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist for Children, Adolescents and Adults, member of HACAPP

11th Syros Summer Workshop

Σύρος Ερμούπολις
Who, Whose, How: Reflecting on the ‘Third’ in Complex Today’s Families

Date: 31st May – 1st June 2019, Syros island, Greece

The themes of the workshop will be: “Who, Whose, How: Reflecting on the ‘Third’ in Complex Today’s Families”

Dear colleague,
We are happy to invite you to the 11th Syros Summer Workshop on Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, organised by the Hellenic Association of Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, under the auspices of EFPP. This year the Syros Summer Workshop celebrates 20 years of a living tradition, which combines psychoanalytic studies with Greek island summer weather. The workshop takes place in the “Yiannis Ritsos” conference center next to Hermoupolis town hall, the capital of the Cycladic island of Syros.
All workshop presentations (theoretical and clinical) are discussed in small Anglophone and Francophone groups, and then are reported back to the plenary for a general discussion. The high-quality presentations in the plenary, and the exchange of ideas in the discussion groups have always been characterized by a friendly atmosphere; the same atmosphere has accompanied us after each day’s work to the seaside and the local tavernas, making the participation in the Syros Summer Workshop a unique experience.
This year the workshop will be held from Friday 31st of May – Saturday, 1st of June, 2019. The theme of the workshop is “Reflecting on the ‘Third’ in Complex Today’s Families”, and it sets out to explore the presence/absence/ various forms of existence of the ‘Third’, in regard to the multiple and complex forms of contemporary families.
For registration please contact the Hellenic Association of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy at, providing your name, institution and position, and our assistant will contact you in order to finalise your registration. Below you will find the programme of the 11th Syros Summer Workshop, information about the invited speakers, and practical details regarding fees, accommodation, and travel.
We are looking forward to welcoming you to Syros this summer!

The organizing committee
Effie Layiou-Lignos, Olympia Sklidi, Lida Anagnostaki


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Seminars 2018

The Hellenic Society of Child & Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (H.A.C.A.P.P.) organizes for 2018 two workshops aimed at Preschool teachers with the following topics:

1. Everyday difficulties in kindergarten: how we understand them and how we deal with them (behavioural difficulties, separation anxiety, toilet use, food).

2. Pathological behaviors in kindergarten. How do we understand them and how do we deal with them (autism spectrum, ADHD)

Description: These are 2 separate two-day workshops (two 4 hours) which can be attended by kindergarten teachers either individually or as a follow-up. They will take place on weekends at the Association’s headquarters. Each will have a theoretical and a clinical part with material provided by the moderators for discussion (vignettes).  During the theoretical part the basic principles of psychoanalytic theory which will be the basis of our understanding will be presented. Some topics that will be discussed also relate to the relationship with the children and the cooperation with the parents in the context of the kindergarten.
The workshops will have two moderators and and the maximum number of participants is 15. The cost is:80 euros.

Theπρώτο seminar will take place in May 19 – 20,
Starts at 10.30, break 12.0012.30, ending 2.30μμ,
with moderators :
Dr. Evi Athanasiadou and Dr. Lida Anagnostaki.

The second seminar will take place on a date and with coordinators that will be announced later.

Please send your CV at: