ACT Psychology students visit KETHEA-Ithaki to explore volunteering and experiential learning opportunities
On Friday March 22 nd , Dr. Aimiliza Stefanidou, Coordinator of the BSc Psychology program accompanied 16 ACT psychology students on a field visit to KETHEA-Ithaki at Sindos. KETHEA, the largest rehabilitation network in Greece, helps people suffering from various forms of addiction (e.g. psychotropic substances, gambling, Internet) to remain abstinent and successfully reintegrate into society. KETHEA also runs school and community-based prevention and early intervention programs, and is active in training and research in the field of addiction. Its therapeutic programs and activities seek to raise awareness of the phenomenon, to promote scientific knowledge, and to continually improve the services offered to addicts and their families.
The goal of this visit was to explore volunteering and experiential learning opportunities along with career options at the substance abuse area as a follow-up to the Career Day where the invited speaker Ms. Dora Zisopoulou, psychologist at KETHEA, provided ACT students with valuable information on addiction, treatment and recovery with reference to the particular therapeutic center.
Mr. Vasilis Kalabalikis, psychologist/Head of KETHEA-Ithaki, Mr. Christos Matziounis, Director of Education Training, interns and a recovering member of the community welcomed the ACT students. After a short presentation of the center activities, a great interactive discussion was led by the welcoming team highlighting the complex nature of addiction and the psychology behind it.
It was an intense learning experience which provided students with a basic substance abuse education and the opportunity to reflect on choosing an internship and/or a future career in addiction counseling.