Peggy Pelonis, a transnational psychologist and educator, is Dean of Student Affairs at the American Community Schools (ACS) of Athens (Greece). She has been founder of the ISOS Counseling and Education Center (Athens, Greece), and a founding member of Women for Life, a women’s empowerment center located in Athens, Greece. She has been an active psychotherapist, Trainer of professionals in the mental health field and university instructor.
With international travel a key characteristic of her personal life, academic achievements and professional activities, Ms. Pelonis is dedicated to enabling positive change in the lives of her students and clients. Her current study at the doctoral level builds on her years of individual and community service adding to her Bachelors of Science in Psychology and English Literature, Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, License in Marriage, Family Therapy, clinical psychology specialization (NCP), and Executive Master in Business Administration. A Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, other post-graduate initiatives include Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) training, and specialist certifications earned from the Adlerian Training Institute, Harvard Training Institute, the Virginia Satir Network and serving on Middle States Association accreditation teams. Ms. Pelonis is a yearly attendant at European Council of International Schools (ECIS) conferences, for which she is also recently Chair of Guidance Committee, a presenter at the World Summit Innovation Summit for Education conference where she and her colleagues presented the first workshop for WISE on Leader and Learner, as well presenter at the American Counseling Association and the Central and Eastern European Schools Association conferences.
An active psychotherapy trainer of professionals from many countries, Ms. Pelonis conducts workshops and groups on ‘coping with change’ at a personal, family and institutional level. Particularly, Ms. Pelonis has developed a five-stage process model on coping with change. The author of numerous articles in international journals, book chapter contributions, and magazine and newspaper articles, she is also a frequent lecturer at conferences as well as an invited speaker on various TV and radio programs. Some of her published work include titles such as: “Can good citizenship be taught?’, ‘Building Resilience”, Embracing the concept of International Mindedness”, ‘ Re-evaluating our Educational Philosophies’ as well as a number of titles regarding school leadership. Widely used among professionals in the field of psychology, in the teaching as well as therapy environments, and in education, her work in these interrelated fields has been cited in peer-review journals, magazines and books.
Ms. Pelonis is also the author of two books: ‘Change in the Journey of Life’ (Fytraki publications, Athens, 2001) and ‘Yparho Allazo (I Exist, I Change)’ (Isorropon publications, Athens, 2006). Based on her many years of workshops, lectures, and counseling activities, her ‘Process of Change’ model is based largely on the work of Adler and Satir.
She is vested in helping individuals develop the skills needed to cope with the full range of changes that confront our daily lives. Through the sharing of her knowledge and expertise, Ms. Pelonis’ process model has offered and continues to offer people the world over solace in the knowledge that there is a way of working through change for a fuller and more enriched life.