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Partnership for Student Success | "Positive - Rational Parenting and Sibling Rivalry"

Update: More than 30 parents attended yesterday's session while our guest speaker, Dr. Chrysoula Kostogiannis, provided much needed help. ACS Athens thanks everyone for their presence.

The Office of Student Affairs and the Learning Enhancement Programs present:

Partnership for Student Success
Parents and Professionals Coming Together to Share and Learn Strategies to Empower Students

The ACS Athens IIC Learning Enhancement Program is proud to continue an initiative established to address parents' and educators' collective interest in the well-being and development of students. Parents and professionals are cordially invited to join "Partnership for Student Success", a series of presentations and forums that will provide the opportunity to share and learn strategies to empower student learners. Sessions will be scheduled monthly and will include a presentation on a topic related to promoting students' academic, emotional and social well-being followed by a discussion of the topic.

"Positive - Rational Parenting and Sibling Rivalry"

Date: Thursday, January 18 2018, 9:30 - 11:30 am

Venue: Lobby of the Theater – ACS Athens

Speaker: Dr. Chrysoula Kostogiannis, Psychologist-Consultant

R.S.V.P. for each session to Ms. Vicky Koumbouni at

For more information contact Mrs. Chris Perakis, Director, IIC Learning Enhancement Programs, 2106070283, or Ms. Danai Papaioannou, Student Affairs Officer, 2106070227.

The strength and quality of early family relationships and subsequent experiences with important attachment figures are significant contributors of later adult attachment and mental health. This suggests that individuals tend to interpret later relationships in light of early life attachment experiences (e.g., parent-child relationships and sibling relationships).

This presentation will focus on sibling relationships and the unique role each child plays in the other's life. Overall, sibling interactions provide an opportunity for prosocial and conflictual interactions within a mixed age/gender context. Many skills for healthy personality development may be learned from interacting with siblings. Siblings can offer one another mutual aid, companionship and emotional support that can last throughout the life cycle. The perception of siblings as competitors has been found to be a significant risk factor that contributes to insecurity, non-acceptance from others, and feelings of being less than others and may impede on their adolescents' perception of their relationships, and experiences of loneliness and depression in adulthood.

This workshop will guide parents with positive and rational principles through in-session activities (i.e., case demonstrations) that will help them to enhance the strength and quality of their children’s sibling relationships and overall family bonding and life. Parents will be presented immediate direct interventions to teach their children emotional and behavioral self-control when in difficult sibling situations. Specifically, parents will receive psychoeducation regarding their own and their children’s emotions and behaviors, learn the kind and firm rational parenting style, practice observing their own levels of emotion and monitoring their emotional and behavioral expression, practice observing their child’s emotional and behavioral states, practice communicating with their children about specific emotions and behaviors, model emotional and behavioral management for their children, guide their children through ongoing emotional and behavioral learning, and reinforce their children’s efforts. Specific dimensions of sibling rivalry will be the focus: (1) warmth/closeness; (2) conflict; (3) rivalry, and (4) status/power.

Dr. Chrysoula (Dr. Chrys) Kostogiannis earned a B.S. in Psychology (1986) at Baylor University, in Texas and a M.A. and a Ph.D. in Clinical & School Psychology (1994) at Hofstra University, New York. She completed a post-doctorate clinical training fellowship (2000) and supervision training (2001) at the Albert Ellis Institute (AEI) in New York in Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy. She has been supervising mental health professional (e.g. psychologists, psychiatrists) at the Hellenic Institute for Rational Emotive and Cognitive Behavior Therapy Institute, an AEI Affiliated Training Center, since 2003.

She worked as a Psychology Professor at the American College in Greece (Deree College) from 1995 to 2012. She taught subjects such as Applied Psychology, Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, Adult Psychopathology, Counseling Psychology & Psychotherapy Research Methods, Psychometrics, Individual Differences and Stress Management. From 2012-2013, she served as the Hellenic American University Director of Psychology Programs, initiated the graduate program in Clinical Psychology and in 2013-2014, and established the Hellenic American University Counseling Center as the Chair of Psychology Programs.

Dr. Kostogiannis research activities and interests focus on the process and outcome effectiveness of cognitive-behavioral therapeutic approaches. She specializes in the assessment of academic, social-emotional-behavioral learning difficulties and psychopathology, and provides counseling, psychotherapy and coaching services to children, adolescents, couples and families. Since 1994, she has been working extensively as a consultant with organizations (e.g., schools, businesses and hospitals) providing tailor made workshops and comprehensive programs.
She is married with 2 boys ages 14 & 13.

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