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Alexandra Iacovidou Kameri
Alexandra Iacovidou Kameri works at “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Centre as a Social Worker at the “Children’s House” since June 1st, 2017. She is responsible of providing services to sexual abuse cases, like social support and rehabilitation services to children and their families. She holds a degree in Social Work from the Higher Technological Institute of Crete. Furthermore, she was also trained at Family/Systemic Psychotherapy and Counselling for four years. During her studies, she did her practicum as a Social Worker to public kindergartens, schools and retirement homes. She also worked with persons with special needs (downs syndrome, autism) during her training as a Social Worker. For a seven year period (2009-2016) she worked on a daily basis to public schools of Nicosia, specifically in Technical Schools, as a School Social Worker through a program managed by the Ministry of Education. The aim of the program was intervention in order to avoid school failure, to tackle juvenile delinquency, as well as the early dropping out of school.
Andreas Damianou is a member of he Psychology Department and works as a Counselor at “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center. Andreas has earned his Psychology degree at Bristol UWE and his Counselling Psychology MSc at Keele University following an Integrative-Humanisitc appoach. He completed his practice hours at North Staffs Mind, a counselling centre in Stoke-On-Trent providing psychological support to adults and young people, and at Place2Be, a British based mental health charity, providing therapy sessions to children in a primary School in Manchester. Andreas has travelled extensively and has worked as paid staff and as a volunteer in many different countries (including UK, Mexico and Guatemala). His work experience is varied and some of the posts he has held are Special Education Support Worker in a children’s special needs community in New Zealand, Residential Yoga Teacher in Thailand and Nepal and Youth Worker in Spain. In Cyprus he collaborated with Nicosia Municipality Counselling Centre for 18 months where he offered counselling to adults and with Kykkos Monastery Counselling Centre where he offered psychoeducational workshops.
Athina Hadjiantoni is a Social Worker and works at “Hope for Children” CRC Policy Center as a Support Officer at Home For Hope for unaccompanied children, in Larnaca. He is a graduate of Frederick University, the Department of Ηumanities with a degree in Social Work. She is registered with the Cyprus Council for the Registration of Professional Social Workers. She has completed her internship at the Social Welfare Services of the Ministry of Labor and Social Insurance, at the Public Aid Department and specifically at the SKE of Agioi Anargyroi Larnaka in child support and entertainment, and at the Archangel Michael Retirement Home in Nicosia, where she undertook the creation of laboratories for people with AS. Athina is an active member of her community with intense volunteerism in various organized groups. She is volunteering as Head of the Cultural Group for holding events aimed at highlighting the culture and tradition of our place. She is a member of the Board of Directors of her Community but also a collaborating Social Worker at the Community Volunteering Council.
Costas Demetriou works as a Clinical Psychologist at the “Children’s House” of “Hope for Children” CRC Policy Center. His duties include the provision of services to minor victims of sexual abuse, like psychological assessment, therapy and psychoeducation to children and their families. He is a licensed and registered Clinical Psychologist. ostas holds a Bachelor Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology. During his studies, he did his practicum as a Clinical Psychologist to a psychiatric hospital, a counseling center for adults and children and a therapeutic program for drug rehabilitation. He attended a various seminars and trainings and he is certified of delivering TF-CBT, a therapeutic approach focused on trauma survivors, and delivering the cognitive psychometric assessment, WISC V – Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children V. Prior to his current position, Costas worked in a private office delivering psychological services to a variety of psychological demands. He was also an associate to the Department of Social Integration of People with Disabilities and to the Network of Empowering and Family Reunification. He was also cooperating with the Association for the Prevention and Handling of Violence in the Family (SPAVO). As a volunteer, he was involved in the work of the Movement of Rehabilitation and Promotion of Mental Health, and the Committee for the Supervision and Protection of the Rights of Mental Health Patients.
Kristina Panteli is working at “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Centre as a School Psychologist at Homes For Hope for unaccompanied children in Larnaca. She provides evaluation and psychological support to unaccompanied children and support and consultation to supports officers of the shelter on children’ issues. Moreover, she provides psychological support and counseling services to external cases which are referred to the organization. In addition, she actively delivers lectures and workshops to students, teachers and parents. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a three-year Master’s degree in Applied School Psychology from University of Cyprus. In this period, she has been attending to a one–year educational program in “Psychotherapy of Children and Adolescent” from the Systemic Institute of Cyprus. Kristina has extensive experience in School Psychology, providing evaluation and diagnosis services to children and adolescents. Moreover, she had been providing intervention and counseling services to parents, children and adolescents. Worth-noting are also her collaborations with the Cyprus Cyber Ethics Center as a line operator officer and with the Cyprus National Addiction Authority as a psychologist conducting preventive programs to vulnerable groups of children and their families. Additionally, she has worked as a psychologist in programs of the Youth Board Services e.g. “Mikri Arktos” and 1410 Counseling line. She has also been an external collaborator – psychologist for the Cyprus Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth (MECSY) by providing workshops and implementing preventive and intervention programs in primary and secondary schools. Finally, she worked for the Educational Psychology Service and in the program of MECSY the “New Modern Apprenticeship” (Νέα Σύγχρονη Μαθητεία), providing workshops, counseling services to parents and teachers and also providing individual / group counseling to adolescents who have dropped out the typical educational learning system.
Naso Panayi works at “Home For Hope” CRC Policy Center as a Support Officer at “Homes For Hope” for unaccompanied children, in Larnaca. She holds a Bachelor Degree of Arts in Social and Behavioral Sciences majoring in Psychology, from the European University of Cyprus. Naso completed the Systemic Psychotherapy and Counselling program for Individuals-Families-Couples, at the Center for Personal Development and Psychotherapy. She is also a registered Psychotherapist at the Pancyprian Association of Psychotherapists. She participated in the pilot program VESTA and FOINIKAS where her main responsibilities were Counseling and Psychological support to adults, children and families. Furthermore, she has participated in summer Creative Educational workshops for children and teenagers. Moreover, she has supervised daily afternoon classes with a child in autism spectrum by applying ABA techniques (Applied Behaviour Analysis). During her studies, Naso participated both as a researcher as well as an instructor in the implementation of “Test of Verbal Memory and Learning Skills” program. Furthermore, she worked as a volunteer of the help line of 1440 handing cases of domestic violence. Naso served as a member of the Association’s Board of Directors for 3 years. Currently, she is a volunteer at the Association for the Prevention and Treatment of Domestic Violence, while also she is a member of the Cyprus Family Planning Association. She has previously completed the educational seminars of both aforementioned associations as well as a seminar of Positive Thinking.
Shahd Alqarout works at “Hope for Children” CRC Policy Center as a Support Officer and Cultural Mediator at ”Home For Hope” for unaccompanied children, in Nicosia. Shahd holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the Frederick University. Her responsibilities includes managing the needs of the children accommodated on a daily basis and provide support to them. She is also organizing and implementing educational activities and workshops on topics such as social skills, multiculturalism, integration in the local society and Cypriot culture, aiming in the smoother social integration of the children. In the previous years, she gained experience by completing her internship in Humanitarian Organizations, at the Multifunctional Foundation of Nicosia and in a Home for Elderly People
Zina Andronikou works at “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center s a Clinical Psychologist at the Children’s House in Nicosia. Zina is providing services to sexual abuse cases by performing psychological assessments, therapy and counseling to children and their families. Zina holds a Bachelor Degree in “Psychology” from The University of Greenwich and a Master’s Degree in “Mental Health in Learning Disabilities” from King’s College London. Subsequently, she obtained her MSc in Clinical Psychology at The University of Nicosia. During her clinical practice she worked in various mental health services such as: The Counseling Center for adults and children, the A’ Psychiatric Clinic ofAeginiteio Hospital in Athens, the Cyprus Association of Cancer Patients and Friends and at the Center for People with Disabilities. Her internship included clinical evaluations, psychotherapy and counseling. Prior to her current position, Zina was a Clinical Psychologist at the Pancyprian Thalassaemia Association and the Thalassaemia Centre at Makario’s Hospital III where she offered psychosocial and emotional support, as well as counselling to the patients and their families. Moreover, she was employed as a Clinical Psychologist at the Cyprus Multiple Sclerosis Association, offering psychological support, counselling and group therapy to the patients, carers and their families. Finally, Zina was trained on the cognitive psychometric assessment, Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC–V).
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