European Congress of Dramatherapy and Playtherapy 2012

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Dear Colleagues and Friends,

As part of its broader activities, aimed at fostering and sharing knowledge, The Greek Institute of Play Therapy and Dramatherapy Athyrma, in collaboration with the Panhellenic Association of Dramatherapists and Playtherapists is organizing a conference entitled ‘Early attachment and personality development. Bridging Psychotherapy and Neuroscience’ from 23-25 November 2012 at the Panteion University.

The aim of this conference is to encourage an inter-disciplinary association that will promote an on-going sharing of knowledge and experience between psychotherapists, psychiatrists, neurologists and neuro-physicists in order to extend areas of information and research on a theme that plays a key role in cognitive, emotional, social and intellectual development.

In recent years a collective effort has been made to establish a ‘secure means’ by which to nurture creative potential and modes of expression and communication. Recent studies and research on the theme of attachment theory in the field of the neurosciences can provide invaluable insights for those working in the areas of psychotherapy and psychiatry. The conference aims to bring together the neurosciences and psychotherapies through their approach to the attachment theory, which we believe will be extremely valuable for those involved in the caring and mental health professions.

We are confident that this collaboration between the Neurosciences and the Psychotherapies will give rise to innovative ideas and opinions and reveal ways to utilize our inner strengths, especially at this time when accepted ‘truths’ are in question worldwide. We hope that by sharing our knowledge, time and energy we will be able to lay the foundations for a new beginning and a more optimistic approach to the future.

We look forward to your participation and your suggestions on how to make this conference a starting point for future collaborations of a similar nature.

Yours sincerely,
Katerina Couroucli-Robertson, Ph.D.
Vicky Zerva- Spanou, MA


Conference topics

-          A historical review of attachment theory

-          Dramatherapy/Playtherapy in relation to the attachment theory  (assessment-diagnosis -therapy)

-          Neuroscience and attachment theory

-          The analogy between the therapist-client relationship and that of a ‘good enough mother’ and her child
Research studies and results

-          Clinical case studies (children and adults)


Submissions related to the congress topics are invited for presentation to the congress.

Guidelines for submissions
Authors must must fill-in and submit electronically to the Congress Secretariat the ‘Abstract Submission Form’ the latest by June 25, 2012.

Authors must indicate on the ‘Abstract Submission Form’  whether their abstract is intended for oral or poster presentation or interactive workshop and the topic related to their submission. Final decision regarding presentation way of the submitted papers rests entirely with the Scientific Committee. Authors will be notified by September 10th  regarding acceptance of their submission as well as presentation details.

The abstracts of the papers which will be accepted for presentation will be published in the congress programme.

Abstract Submission Form
The Abstract Submission Form can also be found at http://

Terms and conditions for submission of papers
5.    Abstracts must be submitted electronically in English language
6.    Presenting author must send registration fees together with his submission
7.    Each presenter can submit up to 2 (two) abstracts

Oral presentations
Time allotted to each oral presentation is 10 min. Conference halls will be equipped with data video projector.

Poster presentations
Poster boards dimensions :  0.92 cm wide X 120 cm height

Publication of full papers in the congress proceedings
Authors of accepted papers are requested to deliver a printout of their full paper (max. 8 pages) and a CD to the conference secretariat at registration on Friday, November 23rd for inclusion in the conference proceedings. The proceedings will be published after the conference.



June 25th, 2012
Deadline for submission of abstracts

June 30th, 2012
Deadline for early registration

September 10th, 2012
Notification of authors

November 23rd, 2012
Submission of full papers of presentations for inclusion in the conference proceedings. Collection of full papers by the secretariat at registration.



Registration Form




Congress Venue

Eugenides Foundation, 387 Syngrou Avenue , 175 64 P. Faliro, Athens.


Congress dates

Friday, November 23rd – Sunday, November 25th


Congress languages

English and Greek. Translation  from Greek to English will be provided at Round Table Discussions, Lectures and Oral presentations.


The conference is addressed to

Psychotherapists, Art Therapists, Psychiatrists, Child Psychiatrists, Neurologists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Health Visitors, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, Sociologists, Educators, Teachers, Artists and all those you are interested in the conference theme.


Registration fees

Up to June 30th, 2012                        From 1/7 – 31/10/2012                     On site

Professionals                                                 € 180                                       € 220                           € 260

Students / Trainees (up to 35 years of age) € 120                                       € 150                           € 180


Registration fees include:

-          Attendance of the programme and concurrent events and the relative congress material

-          Coffee & light lunch during breaks, according to the programme

-          Welcome cocktail


Payment of registration fee

Payment of registration fees can be made by Bank transfer or credit card. Payment instructions are included in the Registration Form.


Registration Form

The Registration Form must be filled-in and sent to the Congress Secretariat as soon as possible accompanied by proof of payment of registration fees. Registrations will be served on a first-come, first –served basis.


Cancellation policy

Cancellations received in written by the Secretariat up to August 30th, are entitled to 50% refund of the amount paid. No refund after this date. Refunds will be made after the end of the congress. Bank or other expenses will be deducted from the amount due.


Certificates of attendance

Participants will receive certificates of attendance in the congress and in the workshops in which they will participate from the Secretariat.


Accommodation in Athens

The Organisers have provisionally booked rooms in hotels in the vicinity of the congress venue. Participants interested to make use of these rooms for their stay in Athens should fill-in the ‘Room booking request’ section of the Registration Form and the Secretariat will provide them with information regarding availability and cost.