The Team


Meet the Facilitators & Speakers

Joyce Callus M.A. Diploma in Adlerian Psychology

M.A (Brunel University of London); B.A. (U.O.M.);  Diplomate in Adlerian Psychology.( NASAP) Over forty years experience as aneducator Devised and run Adlerian  programmes – THERE MUST BE ANOTHER WAY forParents and EducatorsPart time Staff Member of the GovermentInstitute for EducationPart time  lecturer at the University of MaltaMember of the ICASSI faculty for thepast twenty years.  Carried out Outreachprogrammes in Adlerian Education in various countries amongst which  Ireland, Bulgaria, Romania, China ... In private practiceCo founder of the MALTA ADLERIANPSYCHOLOGY ASSOCIATIONRegular contributor  in a number of TV/ Radio programmes and theprinted media

This hands – on course provides participants with an overview of the  Adlerian concepts on the development of the personality, apperceptions and inferiority feelings in early childhood.  How is this linked to striving?Is striving positive or negative? Through discussions and practical activities  insight is gained into these concepts and their influence in  daily life.

Adler believed that the individual wants to move from a perceived minus to a perceived plus ,and this can turn striving into thriving. By exploring particular skills  together with the  concept of social interest this course offers a guide as to how movement towards the useful side of life can be achieved  thus bypassing moving towards  the useless side of life  in today’s society

This presentation demonstrates the strength that lies behind these two special gifts that parents can pass on to their children. Gifts that enhance adult life, for after all we carry our childhood all our life.

Dr. Peggy Pelonis

Dr. Peggy Pelonis is Dean of Academic & Student Affairs at the American Community Schools of Athens, Greece.  She earned a Doctorate degree in Education from the University of Bath, UK, an M.Sc. degree in Counseling and School Psychology from California State University, Fullerton (where she also received two awards for Outstanding Student and Outstanding Research), an Executive M.B.A. from the University of Indianapolis and a B.S. in English Literature and Psychology from the American College of Greece

Dr. Pelonis is a Licensed Psychotherapist and holds School Counseling Certification from the State of California.  As well, she is a National Certified Psychologist and holds a diploma in Clinical Hypnosis.  Dr. Pelonis was on the staff of Cal State University Fullerton as well as the University of LaVerne teaching in the Master’s Psychology program, she was  on the staff of the Adlerian Training Institute, USA and is currently on the staff of ICASSI (International Committee of Adlerian Summer Schools and Institutes).  She is Chair of the Special Interest Group of the European Collaborative for International Schools (ECIS) and works with Middle States Association (MSA) as a team member and leader for school accreditation.

An active leadership and personal and professional growth coach and trainer and a trainer of school leadership and transformation, Dr. Pelonis conducts workshops in Europe, the Middle East and the USA.  She iss founder of ISOS Counseling and Educational Center and continues to conduct workshops and groups on Change and is a frequent lecturer at conferences as well as an invited speaker on various TV and radio programs.   Her work on Coping with Change, Resilience as well as on Leadership in Education and Educational Transformation has been cited in journals, magazines and books. She is the author of numerous journal articles, book chapters and magazine & newspaper articles, as well as books: “Change in the journey of life” Fytraki publications Athens, 2001, “Yparho Allazo”  I Exist, I Change) Isorropon publications, Athens 2006 and “Things Change” OIAKISTIS publications, Athens 2018.  Her Doctoral work involved international schools from around the world examining the views of Head of Schools and Principals regarding professional development in such schools.

Understanding and coping with Life’s wanted and unwanted Changes
Change is inevitable.  Whether change is chosen and desired or unwanted and takes us by surprise the process we traverse and experience is different to each of us based on our unique personality and coping style.  The workshop is designed provide insight via numerous experiential exercises about individual participant’s unique coping style.  Basic Lifestyle strategies will be used to explore strengths and weaknesses, resources, core beliefs and maladaptive reactions to change in coping.  Each individual will come away with an understanding of their unique coping style, the process of change and how to change course when things don’t work.

Lifestyle Assessment and Spirituality
Personal belief systems often include core beliefs that are embedded in our private logic. Our spiritual belief system can be as source of support, inspiration and strength and/or a source of discouragement, self criticism and guilt.  Using Lifestyle Assessment individuals will explore personal belief systems, understand how core beliefs influence behaviour and examine how spirituality can help us lead meaningful lives.

Participants will engage in a thought experiment involving a group/organization/system/school that they wish to lead or already lead.  This thought experiment will involve self-reflection and exercises that will assist individuals to understand how one’s leadership approach and style is shaped by past experience, beliefs about the world, role models and private logic.

Richard Watts

Richard is distinguished professor of counselling at Texas State University. He has written extensively on Adler and many other topics in journals, papers, chapters in books and his own books.

Integrative Adlerian Therapy: Tailoring Treatment to Clients’ Needs
Via discussion, demonstration, and practice, this course is designed to provide attendees with (a) understanding of Adlerian therapy techniques and selected techniques from closely related therapeutic approaches and (b) understanding of when, where and how these procedures best fit in the therapeutic process according to the phases of Adlerian therapy and the Client Stages of Change Model.

Using the Integrated Developmental Model (IDM) in Supervision: AnAdlerian Perspective
Supervision models guide supervisors in teaching knowledge and skills, facilitating development, and evaluating the supervisee’s growth. The Integrated Developmental Model (IDM) of Supervision is a useful approach to supervision that works well with many approaches to counselling and psychotherapy. This course will (a) introduce participants to the process and practice of using the IDM in supervision, (b) discuss how Adlerian theory and practice readily integrates with IDM, and (c) explain how specific Adlerian techniques that can be usefully applied to supervision in an Adlerian/IDM supervision perspective.

The contemporary relevance of Adler’s thinking is evident in many streams of contemporary psychological thinking, including positive psychology. This lecture will address the enormous common ground between Adler’s mature theoretical ideas and the contemporary positive psychology movement in demonstrating that Adler’s psychological theory and approach to helping people is the original positive psychology.