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.
We are committed to the training of clinicians who are interested in expanding their skills in the area of reproductive health counseling. We are in the process of developing new training programs and may be offering another ten-month introductory Fertility Counseling course in the future to be held in Rockville MD. Please contact us directly if you are interested in participation or learning more.
Our new live ten-month teleconference classes Fertility Counseling Postgraduate Course, has been highly successful this year educating mental health professionals across the continent. Here is what a few members of our classes have to say:
“The Fertility Counseling Post Graduate Course is a must for those interested in establishing a foundation of competency to provide clinical services within the field. It is taught by experts with a true passion for the subject matter. The reading materials, case presentations, and discussions are both interesting and timely. The live videoconference format allows participants from all across the USA (and further) to connect and learn from each other. Participation has been an invaluable experience to me as a clinical psychologist.”H.H., PhD
"Excellent program, top-notch teaching, well worth the time and money.”M.S., PsyD
“Fantastic class, very well organized and comprehensive! Sharon and Linda are top-notch and I also enjoyed the opportunity to interact with other members of the MHPG. It was an impressive group and I found it helpful to hear a wide range of perspectives.”N.G, PhD
“My expectations of the programme are being met. The course material is rich and the facilitators are knowledgeable and well experienced in the field of Fertility Counselling. The facilitators and students are very professional and I look forward to presentations and case discussions every month. These interactions are very informative and I am learning a lot.”Y.W., RN, MS
“I particularly enjoyed the many case studies that provided practical aspects and stimulated thought and discussion. Excellent course taught by the best in the field!”L.F.T., LGPC
“It's been a privilege to be learning from Sharon and Linda who are not only pioneers and experts in their field but extremely warm and personable people. The depth and breadth of their knowledge and experience, the questions they asked, and the case examples they provided allowed for a rich training and learning opportunity. The three hours went so quickly and the sessions were always extremely thought-provoking. I highly recommend taking the postgraduate fertility counseling course with Sharon and Linda!”S.K., LCSW-C
“Due to my personal experiences, I have wanted to transition into providing counseling and workshops for those affected by infertility. Passion and "having been there" is not enough, however, to be able to competently and ethically provide these services. Taking the FCPC has increased my knowledge, awareness, and skills and given me resources that I can reach out to as I encounter challenging situations in practice. Among the most valuable resources are Sharon and Linda themselves, who enthusiastically welcome questions and involvement both inside and outside of our virtual classroom. The format and material of the class sessions makes it easy for us as students to stay engaged. I have also been connected to other like-minded professionals in my classmates, which is not always easy to find in person or nearby. This professional development experience has been worth every penny.”C.L., PhD
“I feel like I am receiving an invaluable foundation in fertility counseling through the lenses of seasoned experts in the field. The readings and case material presented provide deep insight into the complex and thought provoking emotional, clinical and ethical material that emerge in this work. The webinar format is intimate and conducive to learning from both teachers and students alike.”A.F., PsyD
“The Fertility Counseling Postgraduate Course has been an invaluable learning experience. The structure of the class allows for interesting discussion and examination of the complexities of fertility counseling. I particularly enjoy the case examples that are shared in class and find them to be very helpful in conceptualizing various issues. As a clinician new to the fertility field, this course has helped me to feel much more confident in working with fertility clients.”L.W., LCSW