Professor Renos Papadopoulos

Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Professor Renos Papadopoulos
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Founder and Director of the ‘Centre for Trauma, Asylum and Refugees’, founder and Course Director of the MA and PhD in 'Refugee Care'. A member of the ‘Human Rights Centre’, of the ‘Transitional Justice Network’ and of the ‘Armed Conflict and Crisis Hub’ all at the University of Essex. Honorary Clinical Psychologist and Systemic Family Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic. He is a practising Clinical Psychologist, Family Therapist and Jungian Psychoanalyst, who also has been involved in the training and supervision of these three specialists. As consultant to the United Nations and other organisations, he has been working with refugees, tortured persons and other survivors of political violence and disasters in many countries. He lectures and offers specialist trainings internationally and his writings have appeared in 15 languages. Recently, he was given Awards by the European Family Therapy Association for Life-time ‘Outstanding contribution to the field of Family Therapy and Systemic Practice’, by the University of Essex for the 'Best International Research Impact’, and by two Mexican Foundations for his ‘exceptional work with vulnerable children and families in Mexico’.  Currently, supervising the following PhD research: 1. Federica Micoli: Psychosocial approaches to the Human Rights of Asylum Seekers and Refugees, with a particular focus on the situation in South Africa. 2. Daniela Peruzzo: Narrative in Asylum Seeking: A Conceptual and Empirical Analysis. 3. Helena Delgado Da Silveira Ramos: 'Home' and Migration Experiences; a Conceptual and Empirical Investigation. 4. Mandy Fealy: The ‘Good Enough Survivor’: Strategies for preparing organisations and employees for Collective Traumas. 5. Christos Peristianis (co-supervisor): ‘Remembering Refugeehood’: Memory and transmission in an extended family of Greek Cypriot refugees. 6. Efsevia Koutantou: Psychosocial Dimensions of Subjectivity in Greek young adults during the austerity crisis: what place does ‘family’ have? PhD Theses supervised in the recent past: 1. Shiho Miyagi: Images and Narratives of Development in Analytical Psychology. 2. Nick Lewin: Conflict in the Collective: C.G. Jung’s Theory of the Collective Unconscious and its Use in His Explanation of International Politics and the Causes of War. 3. Clare Wilde: Myth-Representation; Language as Other? 4. Anastasia Yiannakou: Migration and Resilience; A Jungian Perspective. 5. Nick Stratton: Analytical Psychology and Learning Theory. 6. Angela Loulopoulou: The Refugee Experience and Positive Psychology; Shifting Perceptions and Attitudes. 7. Leslie Gardner: C.G. Jung and G.B. Vico: An Exploration in Rhetoric. 8. Byron Gaist: Creative Suffering and the Wounded Healer; Exploring the Interface of Analytical Psychology and Christian Theology, with reference to Countertransference Dynamics in Psychotherapy and Eastern Orthodox Spiritual Direction. 9. Angeliki Yiassemides: Jung and Time. 10. Craig Stephenson: The Concept and Process of 'Possession' in Jungian Psychology. 11. Judith Moscu: The Unconscious and the Bible: An analysis of Pentateuchal excerpts in the light of Matte Blanco's bi-logical approach. 12. Zibiah Alfred: Constructing refugee narratives; an investigation of a Refugee Communities History Project. 13. Ana Ljubinkovic (co-supervised): The Victims of Humanitarian Intervention: a study of the psychosocial impact of the involvement of the ‘United Nations Operation in Somalia’. 14. Edward Martin (co-supervised): Fire and Brimstone in the consulting Room. An Analytical Psychological Perspective on the Protestant Fundamentalist Concept of Hell. 15. Fiona Ross (co-supervised): Jungian Contributions to the Theoretical Understanding of Perversion. 16. David Vincent: The Working Theories of Group-analytic Psychotherapists. Exploring the Impact of Foulksian Group Analytic approach. 17. Georg Nicolaus: The Understanding of the Person in C.G. Jung’s Psychology and Nikolai Berdyaev’s Philosophy. 18. Aleka Alexopoulou: Using ‘Archetypal Family Therapy’ for meta-analysing family therapy procedures applied in single-parent families of depressed children. 19. Grigorios Tympas: Individuation and 'Theosis': The Dynamics of Psychological and Spiritual Development in C.G. Jung and Maximus the Confessor. 20. Monica Luci: Torture as a no man's land of mind. 21. Metasebia Tadesse: Constructing Identities among Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Adolescents in exile. 22. Robin Tu: Surviving suicide and autobiographical performance; a Jungian exploration using applied theatre. 23. Giulia Zucca: Exploring the complexity of the refugee experience; Towards an embodied narration 24. Margaret Sesay: Factors that lead to positive responses (resilience and adversity-activated development) of Sierra Leonean refugee women living in the UK. 25. Elisabeth Iberni: Attachment theory and analytical psychology. An exploration in a cross-cultural perspective: the case of post-conflict Kosovo. 26. Gülenbaht Sentürk: The Impact of Involuntary Dislocation on Bulgarian Turkish Couples: A Psychosocial Approach from a Psychoanalytic Perspective. 27. David Alexander: Orthodox Christian Spirituality and Existential Approaches to Combat-Related Trauma. 28. Mustafa Qossoqsi: Intergenerational Psychosocial Effects of the Nakbah: Narratives of Trauma and Resilience. 29. Fani Chondrou: The Effects of Refugeedom on Adolescents in Greece and the UK: Negative Responses, Resilience and Adversity-Activated Development.


University of Essex

  • Director, Centre for Trauma, Asylum and Refugees (2007 - present)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Involuntary dislocation (forced migration), trauma and refugees

Open to supervise

Working with survivors of violence (torture) and disasters

Open to supervise

Psychosocial humanitarian interventions

Open to supervise

Psychosocial perspectives on Human Rights

Open to supervise

The interface between Analytical Psychology and systems, family therapy, and culture

Open to supervise

Epistemology of therapeutic endeavours

Open to supervise

Academic and professional interface with Eastern Orthodox Christianity.

Open to supervise

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Human Rights: Theories and Applications (HU901)

  • Context of the Refugee Experience (PA931)

  • Psychosocial Perspectives on Human Rights (PA932)

  • Selected Applications of Analytical Psychology (PA974)

  • Dissertation - MA Refugee Care (PA982)

  • Trauma and Recovery: A Psychodynamic Approach (PA223)


Journal articles (31)

Papadopoulos, RK. and Gionakis, N., (2018). The neglected complexities of refugee fathers. Psychotherapy and Politics International. 16 (1), e1438-e1438

Papadopoulos, RK., (2018). An uncertain safety: integrative health care for the 21st century refugees. European Journal of Psychotraumatology. 9 (1), 1549929-1549929

Karageorge, A., Rhodes, P., Gray, R. and Papadopoulos, RK., (2017). Refugee and staff experiences of psychotherapeutic services. Intervention. 15 (1), 51-69

Karageorge, A., Rhodes, P., Gray, R. and Papadopoulos, R., (2017). Relationship and family therapy for newly-resettled refugees: A qualitative inquiry of an innovative, needs-adapted approach in Sydney, Australia. European Psychiatry. 41, S622-S623

Shea, S., Samoutis, G., Wynyard, R., Samoutis, A., Lionis, C., Anastasiou, A., Araujo, A., Papageorgiou, A. and Papadopoulos, RK., (2016). Encouraging compassion through teaching and learning: a case study in Cyprus. Journal of Compassionate Health Care. 3 (10)

Kiehl, E. and Papadopoulos, RK., (2016). Some thoughts on... (Renos Papadopoulos interviewed by Emilija Kiehl). International Association for Analytical Psychology Newsheet

Papadopoulos, RK., (2015). Trauma e processi di resilienza; un approccio psicosociale. Prospettive Sociali e Sanitarie. XLV, 6-9

Papadopoulos, RK., (2014). L'altro altro: quando l'altro esotico sottomette l'altro familiare. Rivista di Psicologia Analitica. 90 (38), 55-88

D'Elia, A. and Papadopoulos, RK., (2014). Dove sta andando la terapia familiare nel mondo? intrivista a Renos Papadopoulos.. TERAPIA FAMILIARE (105), 77-83

Papadopoulos, RK., (2013). Ethnopsychologische Ann�herungen an �berlebende von Katastrophen. Prolegomena zu einer jungianischen Perspektive. Analytische Psychologie. 172 (44), 134-171

Papadopoulos, RK., (2011). The Umwelt and Networks of Archetypal Images: A Jungian Approach to Therapeutic Encounters in Humanitarian Contexts. Psychotherapy and Politics International. 9 (3), 212-231

Papadopoulos, RK., (2010). Editorial. International Journal of Jungian Studies. 2 (2), 85-85

Papadopoulos, RK., (2010). FRED PLAUT. Journal of Analytical Psychology. 55 (1), 149-154

Papadopoulos, RK., (2008). L?Umwelt, Jung e le reti di immagini archetipiche. (The Umwelt, Jung and Networks of Archetypal Images. Rivista di Psicologia Analitica. Nuova serie. 26 (78), 93-128

Papadopoulos, RK., (2008). Systemic Challenges in a Refugee Camp. Context, the Journal of the Association of Family Therapy, 16-19

Papadopoulos, RK., (2007). Refugees, trauma and Adversity-Activated Development. European Journal of Psychotherapy & Counselling. 9 (3), 301-312

Voulgaridou, MG., Papadopoulos, RK. and Tomaras, V., (2006). Working with refugee families in Greece: systemic considerations. Journal of Family Therapy. 28 (2), 200-220

Papadopoulos, RK., (2006). Terrorism and panic. Psychotherapy and Politics International. 4 (2), 90-100

Papadopoulos, RK., (2002). The other other: when the exotic other subjugates the familiar other. Journal of Analytical Psychology. 47 (2), 163-188

Papadopoulos, R., (2002). Refugee families. Psychologist. 15 (10), 517-

Papadopoulos, RK., (2001). Refugee families: issues of systemic supervision. Journal of Family Therapy. 23 (4), 405-422

Papadopoulos, R., (2001). Riflessioni su trauma e lavoro psicosociale. Psicoanalisi e Metodo. 1 (L’incontro con l’alto), 107-124

Papadopoulos, R., (2001). Refugees, therapists and trauma: systemic reflections. Context; the magazine of the Association for Family Therapy. 54 (April), 5-8

Papadopoulos, RK., (1999). Critical Notice. Journal of Analytical Psychology. 44 (2), 265-271

Papadopoulos, R., (1999). Working with Bosnian Medical Evacuees and their Families: Therapeutic Dilemmas. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 4 (1), 107-120


Papadopoulos, RK., (1998). Destructiveness, atrocities and healing: epistemological and clinical reflections. Journal of Analytical Psychology. 43 (4), 455-477

Papadopoulos, R., (1997). Is teaching Jung within university possible?: a response to David Tacey. Journal of Analytical Psychology. 42 (2), 297-301

Papadopoulos, R., (1997). Individual Identity in the Context of Collective Strife. Eranos Yearbook. 66

Papadopoulos, R., (1990). Images of healing and the overlapping contexts of psychotherapy. Harvest: journal for Jungian studies. 35, 191-194

FABER, PA., SAAYMAN, GS. and PAPADOPOULOS, RK., (1983). Induced Waking Fantasy.. Journal of Analytical Psychology. 28 (2), 141-164

Books (8)

Papadopoulos, RK., (2015). Involuntary Dislocation Home, Trauma, Resilience and Adversity-Activated Development. 0415682770. 9780415682770

Papadopoulos, RK., (2006). The Handbook of Jungian Psychology Theory, Practice and Applications. Psychology Press. 1583911480. 9781583911488

Papadopoulos, RK., (2006). L'assistenza terapeutica ai rifugiati. Nessun luogo è come casa propria. Roma: Edizioni Magi. 8874871708. 9788874871704

Papadopoulos, RK., (2002). Therapeutic Care for Refugees No Place Like Home. Karnac Books. 1855752832. 9781855752832

Papadopoulos, RK., (1998). Violencia en una sociedad en transición. United Nations Development Program, El Salvador

Papadopoulos, RK. and Byng-Hall, J., (1997). Multiple voices narrative in systemic family psychotherapy. 0715627775. 9780715627778

Papadopoulos, R., (1992). Carl Gustav Jung Critical Assessments. Psychology Press. 0415048303. 9780415048309

Papadopoulos, RK. and Saayman, GS., (1991). Jung in Modern Perspective. Prism Press. 1853270644. 9781853270642

Book chapters (29)

Papadopoulos, R., (2019). Trauma and Umwelt: An Archetypal Framework for Humanitarian Interventions. In: Cultural Clinical Psychology and PTSD. 088937497X. 9780889374973

Papadopoulos, R., (2019). Terrorism and Psychological Trauma: Psychological Perspectives.. In: Surviving on the Edge Psychosocial Perspectives on Violence and Prejudice in India. Editors: Kanwar, N. and Sonpar, S., . SAGE Publications Pvt. Limited. 9353283140. 9789353283148

Papadopoulos, R., (2018). Home: Paradoxes, Complexities and Vital Dynamism. In: Thinking Home Interdisciplinary Dialogues. Bloomsbury Publishing. 1350062359. 9781350062351

Papadopoulos, RK., (2016). Therapeutic encounters and interventions outside the consulting room: challenges in theory and practice. In: Analysis and Activism: Social and Political Contributions of Jungian Psychology. Editors: Kiehl, E., Saban, M. and Samuels, A., . Routledge. 11- 20

Papadopoulos, RK., (2015). Refugees and psychological trauma. In: Psychoanalysis, Collective Traumas and Memory Places. Editors: Leo, G., . Frenis Zero Press. 225- 246

Papadopoulos, RK., (2015). Terrorisme et panique. In: Penser et repenser le terrorisme. Editors: Delga, J., . MA Editions. 217- 231

Papadopoulos, RK., (2015). Failure and Success in Forms of Involuntary Dislocation: Trauma, Resilience, and Adversity-Activated Development. In: The Crucible of Failure. Editors: Wirtz, U., Wirth, S., Egger, D. and Remark, K., . Spring Journal. 25- 49. 978-1-935528-71-5

Papadopoulos, RK., (2012). Keep Thy Mind in Hell and Despair Not? Reflections on psychosocial work with survivors of political violence. In: The Spirit in Creation and New Creation: Science and Theology in Western and Orthodox Realms. Editors: Welker, M., . William B Eerdmans. 143- 160. 978-0-8028-6692-9

Papadopoulos, RK., (2010). Contributions. In: The Edinburgh International Encyclopaedia of Psychoanalysis. Editors: Skelton, RM., . Edinburgh University Press. 9780748612659

Papadopoulos, RK., (2010). Deepening Connections. In: Living with Jung: "Enterviews" with Jungian Analysts, Vol 3. Editors: Henderson, R. and Henderson, JW., . Spring. 9781935528050

Papadopoulos, RK., (2010). Working with refugee and asylum seeking families. In: ?Race? And Culture. Tools, Techniques and Trainings. A Manual for Professionals. Editors: Singh, R. and Dutta, S., . Karnac. 9781855757714

Papadopoulos, RK., (2009). Extending Jungian Psychology. Working with survivors of political upheavals. In: Sacral Revolutions: Reflecting on the Work of Andrew Samuels - Cutting Edges in Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis. Editors: Heuer, G., . Routledge. 192- 200. 9780415481724

Papadopoulos, RK., (2009). Jung and Otherings in South Africa. In: Cape Town 2007 Journeys, Encounters: Clinical, Communal, Cultural. Editors: Bennett, P., . Daimon. 9783856307288

Papadopoulos, R., (2006). Jung’s Epistemology and Methodology. In: Handbook of Jungian Psychology. Theory, Practice and Applications. Editors: Papadopoulos, RK., . Routledge

Papadopoulos, R., (2005). Political Violence, Trauma and Mental Health Interventions. In: Art Therapy and Political Violence With Art, Without Illusion. Editors: Kalmanowitz, D. and Lloyd, B., . Psychology Press. 35- 59. 1583919554. 9781583919552

Papadopoulos, R., (2005). Mythical dimensions of storied communities in political conflict and war. In: Balkan Currents: Essays in Honour of Kjell Magnusson. Editors: Dulic, TEA., . Centre for Multiethnic Research, Uppsala University

Papadopoulos, R., (2004). Refugees, therapists and trauma: Systemic reflections. In: The Challenges of Families and Family Therapists in the Balkan Transition. Editors: Veselinovic, J., . Centar za Porodicu

Papadopoulos, R., (2003). Narratives of translating - interpreting with refugees; the subjugation of individual discourses. In: Working with Interpreters in Mental Health. Editors: Tribe, R. and Raval, H., . Brunner - Routledge

Papadopoulos, R., (2002). Refugees, home and trauma. In: Therapeutic Care for Refugees No Place Like Home. Editors: Papadopoulos, RK., . Karnac. 0429922876. 9780429922879

Papadopoulos, R., (2002). “But how can I help if I don't know ?” Supervising Work With Refugee Families. In: Perspectives on Supervision. Editors: Campbell, D. and Mason, B., . Karnac

Papadopoulos, R., (2002). Working with survivors of political violence. In: In Between Sessions and Beyond the Couch. Editors: Raphael-Leff, J., . CPS Psychoanalytic Publications

Papadopoulos, R., (2000). Factionalism and interethnic conflict: narratives in myth and politics. In: The Vision Thing. Myth, Politics and Psyche in the World. Editors: Singer, T., . Routledge. 122- 140

Papadopoulos, R., (2000). A Matter of Shades: Trauma and Psychosocial Work in Kosovo. In: Psychosocial and Trauma Response in War-Torn Societies; the Case of Kosovo. Editors: Losi, N., . International Organisation for Migration

Papadopoulos, R., (1999). Destructiveness and Healing. In: Destruction and Creation: Personal and Cultural Transformations. Editors: Mattoon, MA., . Daimon Verlag

Papadopoulos, R., (1998). Jungian Perspectives In New Contexts. In: The Jungians Today. Editors: Casement, A., . Routledge

Papadopoulos, R., (1998). A Moving Star: The Diana Phenomenon, Collective Masks of Individuality and Virtual Spirituality. In: When a Princess Dies. Reflections by Jungian Analysts. Editors: Haynes, J. and Shearer, A., . Harvest Books

Papadopoulos, R., (1997). Archetypal Family Therapy: developing a Jungian approach to working with families. In: Psyche and Family. Editors: Dodson, L. and Gibson, T., . Chiron

Papadopoulos, RK. and Hildebrand, J., (1997). Is Home Where The Heart Is? Narratives Of Oppositional Discourses in Refugee Families. In: Multiple Voices: Narrative in Systemic Family Psychotherapy. Editors: Papadopoulos, RK. and Byng-Hall, J., . Duckworth. 206- 236

Papadopoulos, R., (1993). Eastern Europe and Analytical Psychology. In: The Transcendent Function: Individual and Collective Aspects.. Editors: Mattoon, MA., . Daimon Verlag. 368- 384

Reports and Papers (2)

Papadopoulos, RK., (2010). Enhancing Vulnerable Asylum Seekers? Protection. Trainers? Manual

Muneghina, O. and Papadopoulos, RK., (2010). Enhancing Vulnerable Asylum Seekers? Protection. Transnational Report 2009-2010

Grants and funding


Psychosocial training and support for unaccompanied migrant/refugee children and young persons in Mexico

University of Essex


Psychosocial work at St Moses Rehabilitation Centre, Sierra Leone

University of Essex


Working with Adversity Survivors in the Pacific Rim and Beyond: Trauma, Resilience....

Economic & Social Research Council


Training Workshops - Systemic and Family Counselling

International Organisation of Migration


EVASP Project

International Organisation of Migration

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