Today, with continued rapid advances in the assisted reproductive technologies, there is a much clearer recognition of psychosocial issues that may arise over the course of treatment for infertile patients as well as the critical role played in the management by mental health professionals.
The ever-changing world of reproductive medicine has introduced a new cohort of individuals and couples to the possibility of parenthood. A burgeoning of innovative technologies and the introduction of third party reproduction have given hope to a diverse group of would be parents including patients beyond reproductive age , cancer patients seeking fertility preservation , same-sex couples and a growing number of other family configurations wanting children. The spectacular growth of this discipline has ushered in a host of social, psychological and ethical complexities that has increased the need for fertility counseling and collaboration between clinicians working in this field.
The field of Infertility Counseling is a rapidly growing specialty area in psychotherapy. Many clinicians are finding more patients presenting with reproductive issues and a complex history of reproductive loss. Whether infertility is a presenting problem or occurs during the course of therapy, clinicians need to understand challenges faced by clients as they navigate the world of assisted reproduction. Further, the fallout and aftermath for families who have struggled with infertility continues long after family building is resolved and can impact relationships for generations.
This course is committed to the training of clinicians who are interested in expanding their skills in the area of reproductive mental health counseling as well as counsellors who see clients with infertility issues in other relevant settings.