PS6102 The Evolution of Prenatal Psychology I

Think with the Prenatal Psychology Pioneers and Witness the unwinding of their brilliant thoughts. Get inspired by the most inspired ones!

At a Glance...

The main aim of the specific Module is to familiarize the student with the works of the Pioneers in the field of Prenatal Psychology in the modern times. Thus, there is a link between Freud’s Psychoanalysis as his students Otto Rank, Sandor Ferensczi, Wilhelm Reich and Karl Jung were among the ones who took Analysis from the childhood to deeper “depths” exploring the birth dynamics and its impact on Life. There are three groups of Pioneers: The Early Pioneers, the Middle Generation and the Torch Bearers, the ones who are still developing and evolving Prenatal Psychology. In Part I we'll study the Early Pioneers and some of the Middle Generation. 

and more specifically

The Module presents the principles of their theories, as well as techniques that they have developed and taught. Thus, the Student will have the opportunity to learn about the "The Will Therapy", "The Theory of Genitality" & "Mutual Analysis", "Birth Simulation Techniques to heal the Birth Trauma", "Dream Analysis Techniques", "Psychosynthesis" & "Biosynthesis" Basic Structures. As the student has the opportunity to understand and follow the line of thought but also is able to recognize and use Therapeutic tools introduced by those prenatal Pioneers, the Student will have the Opportunity to reflect on his experiences and better understand himself and others. 

Recommended Background

There are no prerequisites for this course. However, 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 or longer) 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.

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In this 1st part of the Module, you will explore the following Prenatal Psychology Pioneers and their work:
The Trauma of Birth (Otto Rank)
The Theory of Genitality (Sandor Ferensczi)
Umbilical Affect (Nandor Fodor & Francis Mott)
The Mother/Father/Child Archetypes (Karl Jung)
Subconcious Mind, Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (Pierre Janet)
Prenatal Dreams, The Survivor Twin (Lietart Peerbolte)
Psychosynthesis (Roberto Assagioli)
Body Armoring (Wilhelm Reich)
Biosynthesis (David Boadella)
The Fetal Origins of History (Psychohistory) 


What is the most miraculous thing about this course?

You will have the opportunity to meet some of the most admirable minds in the field and learn for ... yourself!

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 studied at work or at home in your life. You will learn techniques for inspiring vision, engaging mindfulness, spreading compassion and being playful and enthusiastic building your inner understanding and improving your relationships.

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.

You will have the opportunity to communicate with the most inspiring Human Minds who deciphered the mysteries of the beginning of our life! Your eyes will start seeing a lot more things, previously hidden!

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
10-12 hours of work / week
1st Year, 1st  semester
7 credits
English/ Greek
Educational Team

Part of the 
Professional Higher Education Certificate (PHEC)



1/2/2015 - 30/9/2015

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