The field of Fertility 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. Therapists who are interested in receiving continuing education and training in fertility counseling should contact me.
I am committed to the training of clinicians who are interested in expanding their skills in the area of reproductive mental health counseling. Our live, interactive ten-month teleconference classes Fertility Counseling Postgraduate Course, have been highly successful in educating mental health professionals across the continent and is now attacking participants across the world. Until this course, few clinicians have had access to an intensive, live, learning experience in this field.
The Fertility Counseling Postgraduate Course (FPCP) is approved for 30 credits, including three in Ethics, of Continuing Education credits by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners and the District of Columbia Board of Psychology. FPCP has also been approved for Advanced Training by Postpartum Support International (PSI) for Certification in Perinatal Mental Health (PMH-C). Please see the attached flyer describing the course.
All classes for 2022-2023 course are filled. I am in the process of designing future classes based upon the new edition of Fertility Counseling coming out in late 2022, which will now be in two volumes: Fertility Counseling: Clinical Guide (2nd ED) and Fertility Counseling: Case Studies (2nd ED), Sharon N. Covington, Editor, Cambridge University Press, 2023. If you are interested in a future course, please fill out this application and return to Sharon Covington and I will be in touch in the Spring or Summer of 2023.
I am excited to announce a newly released 7.5 CEU program though The Psychotherapy Networker on: Essentials of Reproductive Therapy: Infertility, Pregnancy Loss, Trauma, Donor Conception and more.
This course is a crucial first step to becoming more confident in this growing area of expertise and provide an initial step towards the in-depth clinical training offered in the Fertility Counseling Postgraduate Course.
I also offer:
- Monthly group supervision for those who have completed the introductory course
- Individual case consultations
Here is what a few members of this year’s classes are saying: