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Middlesex Nov Program
Thursday, November 08, 2018, 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM EST
Category: Affiliate Programs

MCAP Luncheon Series
Contemporary Trends and Treatment Issues When Working with the Infertile Client

Presented by:  Paula Kaplan-Reiss, PhD

Novemberr 8, 2018
Rutgers' Club
85 Avenue E
Piscataway, NJ 848 932 7131
2 Continuing Education Credit Available


Abstract:  Infertility is a major life crisis resulting in couples suffering from a range of devastating emotions. Marital conflict can be common, the sexual relationship can become impaired and couples feel alone in a fertile world where friends and relatives are creating families with ease.Therapists faced with an infertile client are often introduced to the field of reproductive endocrinology, while listening to the medical treatments their clients must endure. At the same time, clients are struggling to come through the medical treatment successfully, while maintaining a sense of emotional health necessary for parenting a baby. Therapists must be able to distinguish between emotional pathology and expected reactions to the frustrations and loss of infertility. Those clients who do not conceive may need the help of a therapist to choose among a myriad of family building options and to work towards resolving the loss of the hoped for biological child. While use of donor gametes has become more popular, issues of privacy and disclosure become more fraught with the popularity of Ancestry.com and 23andme.com.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the basics of infertility work-up and treatment.
  2. Recognize the emotional triggers of the social and psychological world of the infertile client.
  3. Discuss the issues which can arise when exploring adoption, donor gametes and surrogacy should biological infertility treatment fail.
  4. Explain the couples' dynamics which are common when going through infertility.

Target Audience: Psychologists

Identification of Program Level of Learning Beyond the Completion of a Doctoral Degree: introductory no prior knowledge of the specific topic is required.

 Identification of Conflicts of Interest: None

Proprietary Information: No materials provided to attendees at such programs may be shared

Americans with Disabilities Act: Rutger's Club has an elevator from 1st to 2nd floor and wheelchair accessibility for any disabled participants. Their parking lot accommodates handicapped parking.

Cost of Program: There is a $20 fee for lunch and a $15 fee for CE credits for NJPA Members; $25 for non-NJPA members; free for Sustaining Members

This workshop is sponsored by NJPA and the Middlesex County Association of Psychologists. NJPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. NJPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Registration is done through the MCAP website at www.mcapnj.org