Our group of psychologists provides support in various areas, including:
- Personal and group psychotherapy for children and teenagers.
- Personal and group counseling support to instructors.
- Supervision by a chief psychologist.
- Counseling support to birth parents.
- Evaluation and psycho-training of prospective foster parents.
Psychological support to children and teenagers
The role of the psychologist in the Ark of the World is to support children through the process of play therapy. Play is for children what discourse is for adult. As with sessions with adults, children are given the opportunity to express their feelings and problems and learn about themselves in a climate of security created by the child’s relationship with the therapist. Through this process, children discover ways to evolve and unravel aspects of their identity, identify issues, change meanings and explore alternative plans and solutions. In conclusion, the stories expressed through psychotherapy can develop in such a way that children can learn to support themselves and discover ways to function in the world of play and in the real world.The aim is to prevent the reproduction of the same relationship patterns that have not helped until them in their relations with other people, young and older, as they emerged in their environment of origin. τα οποία μέχρι τώρα δεν ήταν βοηθητικά στη σχέση του με τον εαυτό του αλλά και με τους άλλους, μικρούς και μεγάλους. All this can be achieved through personal and group support and psychotherapy.
Group supervision, psycho-training and personal support to instructors/caregivers
Psychologists support instructors as regards their relationship with the children. In a safe environment, the members of the group are offered observation, psycho-training and support so as to facilitate instructors to identify and manage difficulties in their everyday interactions with the children. This will help strengthen the psycho-emotional health and behaviour of the children and the instructors, through the relationship they have formed.
Psychologists also offer personal support to instructors, so that they can explore personal issues for which there is no time in the instructors’ group. The goal is to help them listen to themselves better, so that they can hear the children’s needs more clearly. It should be noted here that there is a psychologist in the children’s homes and, with his/her steady presence and participation in the everyday life of the home, he/she observes and supports children and instructors in their interactions. Therefore, it is ensured that children develop positive relations and receive quality care by skilled instructors, in the context of a safe, pleasant and quality daily schedule. The psychologist also listens to the children and helps manage any difficulties in the home, while he/she evaluates the instructors in everyday challenges so as to facilitate the management of their collaboration with the supervisor in the said groups
All the above will contribute to improving the quality of the relationship between instructors and children and will ultimately help remedy their experience with adults-caregivers. .
Psychological support to parents
Psychologists support the parents of the families and strengthen their role, so that children can mature emotionally and become independent, despite the difficulties they experienced in life.
Evaluation and psycho-training of prospective foster parents.
The programmes implemented by the Ark include the foster care programme. It is a programme intended for children to grow up in a family environment.
Foster parents are evaluated and psycho-trained by a psychologist, so that they can facilitate the path of the child that has been anything but smooth so far. Thus, we all help create an increasingly accepting environment in the course of their life. This is how children can unravel all hidden abilities that they could not express for various serous reasons (e.g. natural family environment). The connection of children with accepting and warm people who will offer targeted care will provide them with a remedial experience so that they can finally feel safe and strong, without fear for life and their own strengths. This will help them become independent adults with the best possible potential.
The programme will be implemented according to the law, in collaboration with the Regions. Interested parties may content the Ark’s social service and make an appointment.
Children are entitled to have a better quality of life in all areas of their daily life; we just need to listen to them, accept them and offer the care and attention they need to receive. Difficulties will seem easier and abilities will start to unravel because, as Rogers said:
“It is that the individual has within himself or herself vast resources for self-understanding, for altering his or her self-concept, attitudes and self-directed behavior—and that these resources can be tapped if only a definable climate of facilitative psychological attitudes can be provided”
(Rogers, 1980a, p.1)