Cultural Considerations in Understanding Family Dynamics (Athens, Peloponnese, Crete)

This course is designed to assist in students’ cultural understanding of family relationships. The goal of this summer course is to improve understanding of the development and maintenance of close relationship, with a particular focus on increasing self-awareness and sensitivity to multicultural issues. By the end of this course, students should be able to: Compare and contrast key theories related to the study of the family; Explain research methods associated with the study of family dynamics; Identify characteristics that are associated with family well-being and resilience; Reflect on concepts related to the family life cycle and intergenerational patterns; Recognize clinical concerns present in problematic family interaction patterns.

Course Details


This course requires a minimum enrollment of 10, with a maximum enrollment of 20.


60 contact hours

Essential Information

The course starts and ends in Athens. Transportation between Athens and the rest of the course’s destinations, as well as during day excursions is included in the course fee.

Enrolled students will have access to detailed information prior to departure that will include directions to the Academic Center and other practical information about residing in Athens. CYA recommends the following websites for general information about Athens and Greece: and

IMPORTANT NOTE: This course involves extensive travel, including travel by air.  Be wary of overpacking.  Pack only what you can carry comfortably, because you will be required to check- in and out of accommodations for each stay/travel segment of this course. It will also be useful to bring with you travel-size cosmetics.


Students are housed within walking distance of the CYA Academic Center in either CYA student apartments located in the Pangrati neighborhood of central Athens or in hotel accommodations arranged by CYA. CYA apartments are simply furnished and equipped with a full kitchen and air-conditioned bedrooms; towels, linens and housekeeping service will be provided. Hotel accommodations will be in simple 2- or 3-star hotels, double- or triple-occupancy, with air-conditioned rooms.


The CYA Academic Center is located next to the Athens Marble Stadium and houses classrooms, the library, the student lounge and cafeteria, computer facilities (including wireless access for those students who choose to bring laptop computers), laundry facilities, and administrative offices. The Academic Center is accessible Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.


When class is in Athens a full mid-day meal will be served weekdays in the CYA cafeteria between the hours of 12:00-3:00 p.m.  While traveling, breakfast will be offered at the Hotel.  A welcome and a farewell dinner are also included in the course fee.

Day-to-day Program & Itinerary

The day-to-day program and the itinerary is subject to change. Students are advised not to make plans for their free time and weekends in advance, as class schedules and site visits may be re-scheduled depending on local conditions.


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