PB5067 Mothering the Mother

Mothering the Mother is a course designed for those who have made a decision to create a support service for the Mothers today. What are the needs? What are the main axons for such a service? How can a prefessional respond to the need and at the same time act in a way that is to benefit all involved?

At a Glance...

How can we support the supporter of life? If Mother is the one who takes care of all, who is to take care of her? Is there a need for this? And if yes, what should this service include? The student will get acquainted with concepts and contents and will have the opportunity to delve into the peculiarities of the service within an anthropological and sociological context. At the same time, we'll examine the structure of the family as it was in the past and in the present and see what the future may hold for all of us. Finally, we'll study the profile of the doula and explore the most important aspects of her training, skills and competencies she needs to show to be able to really Mother the Mother. Ethical issues will also be discussed. 

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 session, but in advance of the next one. 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 segments, separated by interactive quiz questions for you to help you process and understand material. In addition, there will be a case set and a programming assignment each week and there will be a final exam paper. You are encouraged to maintain a personal journal of thoughts, observations and experiences during the course. What we advise you is to always reflect and ask yourself "how can this knowledge help me evolve? How can I make use of it to support the evolution of others?"


What is the most miraculous thing about this course?

You will get to realize that Mothering the Mother lies with each one of us and the fact that we neglect to be present by the Mother has opened the way for professionals to step in and undertake the responsibility that belongs to each one of us and the society as a whole. And this is not a new story.

Will I be able to apply the learning?

Yes, right from the beginning! Each lesson includes reflective activities and action learning assignments to help you understand and experiment with the new ideas, knowledge and understanding introduced and do so both at work or at home in your life. You will learn techniques & practices which will unfold new avenues in front of you. The most important is that your heart will open even more and compassion will embrace all around you. Highly inspiring!

What resources will I need for this course?

All you need is an internet connection and the time to read the exciting educational material online, discuss and reflect! Everything else... you have it! 

Shall I get any Certification?

Certainly! On successful completion of the Educational Program, you will be awarded a "Certificate of Professional Training". And if you excel, that is if you get 85% and above in all your assignments, your certificate will be "With Distinction". Make the Best possible Use of it!

In a Nutshell

20 weeks of study

6-7 Hours of study work/week

5 ECTS credits

English/ Greek




1/10/2015 - 31/12/2020

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