PSM7101 (II) Prenatal Psychology (Preconception to Birth Dynamics)

What is Prenatal Psychology? What falls within its interest? What has each embryological scene to tell us about our human experience? How are our primal and adult experiences interlinked? What do people's narratives tell us about their deep essence? Join us and find out the rest (part2) of the most significant aspects about who we are and who we become!


At a Glance...

This Module aims to introduce Students to what Psychology is; especially what Prenatal Psychology is; what falls within its field; how it can add value to human Life. The Module consists of 3 Courses.

The 1st Course is an introduction to Psychology concepts and acts as a framework of understanding for what is to follow, gradually introducing the Students into Prenatal Psychology. It teaches biological information that explain how the system works in terms of what is involved in the understanding how the information is perceived; how the human system interprets the data; responds to the stimuli; how all this functions when the person is relaxed or when under stress.

The Student will have the opportunity to study issues of consciousness and recognize altered states of consciousness; to distinguish between memory and recollection as seen not only by the modern Sciences but also the Aristotelian Philosophy; delve into the depths of intelligence and how it develops; as well as examine the ways we learn and acquire not just knowledge in the meaning of new information but also how we learn ethical behaviors; how we develop a higher sense of living; how we can create civilization.

The 2nd Course teaches embryology but every embryological “scene” is also discussed in light of Prenatal Psychology. What becomes evident is the connection between the primal moments and our human experience after birth as children and adults.

The 3rd Course deals mainly with pregnancy. The Student can realize the continuum of our experience and how each stage leads to the next. She/He is also able to marvel at the wisdom behind creation and ask deep questions about our attempts to play creator when manipulating conception and early interventions. What is very important is that the Student will be able to begin listening to the people’s stories from a completely new perspective and will start developing a very effective support approach towards what he is going to do at the end of his studies. The Course contents can give an overview of the themes that are to be our focus of attention and exploration in this specific module.

Recommended Background

Successful completion of the first part (PSM7101(I) Preconception to Birth Dynamics) is a prerequite. The course will be conducted at the level expected of Undergraduate Students or Professionals and Executives who can critically think and reflect. Therefore, for all participants, reading and writing comfortably in English at the Undergraduate College Level is desirable as well as a reflective Mind to delve into concepts. 

Suggested Readings

Although the lectures are designed to be self-contained, students wanting to expand their knowledge even further will be guided to do so through extensive bibliography. Students are advised to read the required readings either before or soon after each unit, but in advance of the next unit. Recommended and supplemental readings can be read any time throughout the course in the self-study context and this is what will take your understanding to new heights.

Course Format

There will be video lectures (60-75 minutes each) each week. The lectures can be divided into about 4-6 segments, separated by interactive quiz questions for you to to help you process and understand the material. In addition, there will be a problem set and a programming assignment each week and there will be a final exam. You are encouraged to maintain a personal journal of thoughts, observations and experiences during the course. For the community work, there will be action learning activities which will involve you talking to others in your environment. A brief essay is to be written based on your experience. 


Syllabus

The Module consists of 3 parts. In part 1 of the module we have discussed part 1 and most of part 2. In this 2nd semester, we will study the rest of part 2 and the third part. Specifically:

Part 2
The Egg Journey And Its Psychological Impact

The Psychological Dimensions Of The Sperm Life Resting In The Testes

The Ejaculation And Its Psychological Impact

The Sperm Journey And Its Psychological Dimensions

The Dance Before Conception

The Psychological Dimensions Of Conception

The Psychological Dimensions Of Implantation

Biotechnology, Psychological And Ethical Issues. Creative Intervention Theories

The Principles Of Welcoming Our Children To The World

Part 3

Pregnancy Dynamics

The Blastula

Gastrulation

The Origin Of Sexuality And Gender

Organogenesis.

The Emergence Of Fetal Systems

The Psychological Dimensions Of The Parental Reaction To The Discovery Of The Pregnancy

Healthy Prenatal Bonding

Molecules Of Emotion

Primal Imprints. The Maternal Influences On The Unborn Child And The Influences Of Medical Or Other Interventions.

The Psychological Impact Of The Twin That Died For The Twin That Gets Born

The Development Of The Sensorial System Of The Unborn Child

The Influence Of Music And Sound On The Unborn

The Social, Cultural And Other Impact On The Unborn Child

The Primal Experience And The Quality Of Life

Spiritual Aspects Of Embryogenesis: Aspects Of Life And Death


FAQ

What is the miraculous thing about this course?

You will know what it is to escort a human being along his soul journey in full respect of who he is and his potential. 

Will I be able to apply the learning?

Yes, each unit will include reflective exercises and action learning assignments to help you understand and experiment with the ideas studies at work or at home in your life. You will reflect on what the role of a health practitioner is, esp. in the field of Prenatal Psychology and this will affect other aspects of your personal and working life inspiring you to adopt attitudes and behaviors towards co-operation and co-creation in full respect of who each of the team is extending a helpful hand when needed and a clearer mind at times of confusion.

Do I have to do community work right from the beginning of my studies?

Yes, community work is an integral part of this educational program. You are expected to offer 4 hours of community work a week, which will be documented. 

Do I have to do any personal work right from the beginning?

Yes, since this educational program goes very deep, it is important for you to have your support system and personal work is an integral part of it. You can choose to work individually or in a group in your area and it is advisable that you opt for prenatal psychology to be the Psychology Thought you work with, if this is possible where you live. A session of 2 hours a week is expected.

What resources will I need for this course?

All you need is an Internet connection and the time to read and discuss the exciting materials available online. 

in a Nutshell

16 weeks of study 
8-9 hours of work / week 
1st Year, 2nd semester 
Obligatory 
8 credits 
English/ Greek
Educational Team

Part of the 
Professional Postgraduate Certificate (PPC)


Certification


Duration

2/2/2016 - 12/31/2020

Educator

Team Educational

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