Psychology: Facing Infertility in the 21st Century

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About Course

Release Date: December 3, 2018
Expiration Date:  January 2, 2024

Infertility is a medical problem with social, emotional, financial, religious, and other personal challenges that affect individuals, couples, and family systems. To combat a Woman's inability to get pregnant, many people turn to counseling and the medical field for assistance and reproductive advice. This intermediate-level course provides an overview of infertility, the nature and scope of physical causes of infertility, as well as the emotional, social, financial, religious/spiritual, and career challenges faced by individuals and couples experiencing infertility. Treatment modalities are described, concerns for specific populations who experience infertility are discussed throughout using case studies and vignettes.

Social Workers completing this course receive 3 clinical social work continuing education credits.

Psychologists will receive 3 CE credits upon successfully completing this course.

Course Objectives

  • Define the causes of infertility.
  • Recognize common vocabulary regarding assisted reproductive technology.
  • Identify the emotional, physical, spiritual, and relational effects of infertility.
  • Explore alternative healing and wellness approaches to infertility.
  • Describe ways in which therapists and counselors can offer significant support and guidance to those experiencing infertility.
  • Differentiate common challenges of infertility, including for specific populations such as single women, transgender individuals, and gay and lesbian couples.

About the Author(s)

Ellen Glazer, MSW, MEd, is a private-practice clinician who has been working with individuals, couples, and families since the late 1970s. Her areas of practice include infertility, pregnancy, and parenthood. She has worked with countless individuals and couples with respect to their struggles with infertility, pregnancies, and parenthood after infertility and decisions about egg donation, sperm donation, and gestational carriers.

Elizabeth B. Russell, PhD, LCSW, is an assistant professor of social work at The College of Brockport. Before her appointment at Brockport, she was a tenured associate professor at Nazareth College and the Greater Rochester Collaborative Master of Social Work Program. Dr. Russell teaches classes on practice, research, and policy, as well as electives in sexual health, creativity in social work, evidence-based practice, and addictions.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Elite Healthcare ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Elite Healthcare's policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.

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