Course description

Course type


Course description

This Campus Workshop will discuss the ethical, legal and psychological challenges that arise when families are created in which more than two people take up a parental role. Topics that will be covered include:

- the legal possibilities and hurdles of having more than 2 parents
- psychological differences between genetic and non-genetic parenthood
- the wellbeing of children in polyamorous families- co-parenting arrangements in same-sex couples
- the patient’s perspective on and experience with poly-parenthood arrangements
- a look into the future: multiparenting for sustainability and multiple genetic parents


Target audience

Psychologists, ethicists, lawyers and legal scholars, patient representatives, clinicians working in assisted reproduction, policy makers


Educational needs and expected outcomes

Participants will

  • have a deeper knowledge on the medical assisted reproduction field.
  • be better prepared to manage requests for assisted reproduction that lead to a complicated family structure.
  • be able to reflect on those requests from a broad, multidisciplinary perspective, having acquired some basic insights from psychology, law and ethics and having heard a first-hand account of parents who made a deliberate choice for co-parenting.


Innovative aspects

The topic of this course is a relatively recent and novel development, in which there currently exists only a limited amount of empirical research which is considered controversial. This course will not only inform, but also explicitly aim for critical reflection.


Educational methods

  • Lectures
  • Discussions


The official language of the course is English.