A FEW WORDS
In the field of Education, ERGO.Academy designs and implements various programmes for children/students aiming at strengthening their skills both at a psycho-emotional and a social level. At the same time, appropriate tools and methodologies are offered to teachers, while awareness-raising and educational groups for parents are held on subjects related to their children's development, socialization and mental health.
CAREPATH PROJECT - EMPOWERING PUBLIC AUTHORITIES AND PROFESSIONALS TOWARDS TRAUMA-INFORMED LEAVING CARE SUPPORT
Duration: May 2018 - October 2020
Ιn CarePathProject, ERGO.Academy collaborated with the University of Turin (Departments of Psychology and Law - coordinator), with the Region of Calabria (Southern Italy), the IACP (international organization for the study of human behaviour), the European Eurochild, an organization that advocates for the rights and well-being of children and aims to put children at the heart of EU Member States' policy-making, Readlab (research and development agency), the Hungarian Cordelia Agency, which provides psychological and social services to asylum seekers and refugees and, finally, E-Trikala (development company of the Municipality of Trikala, Thessaly).
The objectives of this two and a half year long project were: to increase the capacity of child protection professionals to support children with mental trauma, to provide up-to-date post-institutional trauma support to children leaving alternative care structures, and to develop a sustainable mechanism for providing comprehensive psychosocial support services, based on interventions informed about mental trauma.
During this project, 200 employees were trained in competent public authorities for the protection of children's rights, 140 employees of educational institutions, 400 professionals in various mental health specialties, such as psychologists, psychotherapists, visual psychotherapists, social workers, health professionals, teachers, and 80 children/adolescents who are accommodated in alternative care structures or who have recently left such structures.
WORLD AWARENESS FOR CHILDREN IN TRAUMA (WACIT)
Duration: 2015- Today
This Programme is seeking to raise the awareness of the global community (in 14 countries) about children's mental health and to create a sustainable model in order to effectively help children who have suffered trauma or injuries living under the most adverse conditions. To date, more than 44,000 children have been supported.
The objectives of the Program are the creation of networks of professionals and organizations that will unite their services in the best interest of the children, as well as the provision of training for professional skills to more than 1,200 employees and volunteers in the field of mental health, according to the innovative model WACIT.
IF WE WERE ALL THE SAME...
Duration: January 2017 - March 2017
With the reasoning that the school is a framework that supports multiculturalism and that in the end diversity is what ideally unites and not divides, this pilot program was implemented in a multicultural school in Athens.
While diversity is often a reason to be divided into groups and to be characterized through them, in this program we focused instead on what lack of diversity would mean and how important it is for the development, evolution and sustainability of social groups. At the same time, emphasis was placed on the development of relevant skills, such as empathy, cooperation and respect. The implemented actions concerned three groups: students, teachers and parents.