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Open Access Social Psychology and Social Pedagogy: Their Interdisciplinarity in Group Counselling for Parents

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Nowadays Greece faces multiple transitions and difficulties at financial, social and interpersonal level. Undoubtedly family counselling offers help and support to deal with various problems raised within family and school contexts. Since 1998, the Ministry of Education and Religion has provided supportive counselling to families free of charge through the programme Parents' Schools. Specialists from different fields (psychologists, pedagogues, social workers) participate as coordinators of parents' groups. The application is based on basic notions of the field of social psychology, systemic theory and social pedagogy. The current paper focuses on the presentation of family counselling in Greece and the description of the interdisciplinary approach between social psychology and social pedagogy in the methodology of Parents' Schools.

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 January 2015

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  • The International Journal of Social Pedagogy makes a substantial contribution to the cross-cultural discourse around social pedagogy. With emphasis on a theory-practice connection, articles in IJSP reflect a wide range of social pedagogical traditions and provide a greater understanding of social pedagogy in ways that are both relevant at a practice level and contribute to the body of theory and research. The interdisciplinary field of social pedagogy is constantly developing and evolving, and needs a strong foundational theory base, supported by well documented practice. IJSP is the only UK based English-language journal dedicated to social pedagogy and has so far attracted substantial international attention. Recently adopted by UCL Press, one of the peer reviewers praised IJSP for being ‘at the forefront of developing a scholarship in social pedagogy in an English language context, attracting a mix of local and well-known international contributors’.
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