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Fertility Counseling: What Clinical Social Workers Need to Know About Reproductive Loss and Therapy

  • Saturday, April 15, 2023
  • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Online WEBINAR


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Presenter: Sharon Covington, LCSW-C


Costs:  CSCSW Member: FREE | Students: FREE
Nonmember (with CEUs): $65 | Nonmember (no CEUs): $40

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The field of fertility counseling is a rapidly growing specialty area in psychotherapy. Every client who enters therapy has a reproductive story and many clinicians are finding more patients presenting with reproductive issues and a complex history of reproductive loss. Whether infertility is in one’s history, occurs during the course of therapy, or is a presenting problem, clinical social workers need to understand challenges faced by clients who navigate the world of medically assisted reproduction. Since every clinician also carries their own reproductive story into the work, it is important to be aware of countertransference issues that may arise.

This presentation will focus on what clinical social workers need to know about working with clients with fertility issues, ways to provide effective support working through the trauma of reproductive loss, and how to avoid potential pitfalls in countertransference.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize the importance of a client’s reproductive story in therapy.
  2. Describe ways to support clients who experience reproductive loss.
  3. Identify areas where the clinician’s reproductive history may factor into countertransference.

    Workshop Logistics: After registering you will receive a link to the ZOOM WEBINAR.  

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    Sharon Covington, LCSW-C

    Sharon N. Covington is a Board Certified Diplomat in Clinical Social Work with almost 50 years experience as an adult psychotherapist and over 40 years providing services in reproductive medical settings. While maintaining an active private practice, she is Director of Psychological Support Services for Shady Grove Fertility, the United States’ largest ART program. In addition, she is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and has been an Associate Investigator in the Intramural Research Program on Reproductive and Adult Endocrinology at the National Institutes of Health.

    Mrs. Covington is an internationally recognized and considered a pioneer in the field of reproductive mental health and fertility counseling. She is the co-editor of the first international textbook in the field, Infertility Counseling: A Comprehensive Handbook for Clinicians, (1st and 2nd Editions) which is frequently referred to as “The Purple Bible”. She is, also, the editor of Fertility Counseling: Clinical Guide and Case Studies and the recently published 2nd Edition, now in two volumes: Fertility Counseling: Clinical Guide and Fertility Counseling: Case Studies. In her academic career, Mrs. Covington has been a researcher and continues to write, teach, supervise, and mentor the next generation of clinicians in this work. As a founding member and past Chair of the Mental Health Professional Group of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, Mrs. Covington has been recognized for scientific contributions and service, including work to establish guidelines, training and practice for mental health professionals working in reproductive medicine.

    This is a District Meeting coordinated by the Mid-Peninsula District

    This DISTRICT MEETING meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. 

    Note: With supervisor approval, registered ASWs may use CEs toward LCSW hours.

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      • 14 days or more before event date: Full refund
      • 13-7 days before event date: 75% refund
      • 6 days or less before event date: No refund

      Note:  Registration will be canceled if payment is not made at least 7 days prior to the event.

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