Ourania Papanikolaou

Volunteer-Sociologist-Addiction Counsellor – Counseling Services in Helplines

I hold a Sociology degree from Panteion University of Athens, and postgraduate degree in Criminal Law and Addictions from the Legal and Therapeutic Department of the Aristotle University in collaboration with the University of Nicosia and KETHEA.  I have been a volunteer for 6 months at counselling department of the KETHEA DIAVASI, where I have experienced the theoretical part of my master’s degree.

In addition, I attended the annual post-education in the 18ANO (above 18 years old), entitled “Treatment of Addictions”. Finally, I attended the post-educational program called the “Help lines” under the auspices of the Athens Medical Association, in collaboration with the Smile of the Child (main topics: dealing with suicidal and self-inflicted behaviours, bullying Online, domestic violence and child abuse, sexual harassment and transgender relationships, anxiety-phobias panic attacks-depressing sentiment, addiction behaviors (Internet, substances, alcohol, etc.) and food intake disorders.

Regarding the Institute:

I have watched and admired the work of Mr. Sfakianakis and his team for years. It’s an honor to be part of this group, to provide my help in this new innovative project and apply in practice, everything I’ve studied. The internet can be beneficial and useful but at the same time dark and dangerous.

It is necessary to disseminate its proper use to parents, children, adolescents and adults in order to avoid extremely stressful and dangerous situations, such as online bullying, disappearances, etc. By educating and informing individuals of all ages is the first and most important stage of prevention.