Events of Interest

Training for Mental Health Professionals with Melanie Mikkelsen, LICSW

Professional Training Group
Thursdays: February 9th to March 9th @ 
training is from 11am-12pm Pacific / 2 pm-3pm Eastern. 
Training Group for Mental Health Professionals with Melanie Mikkelsen, LICSW

EM•POWER with Moxi is hosting a 4-session professional training group session facilitated by their Director of Professional Training, Melanie Mikkelsen. Cost is $150 for the series and is geared towards mental health professionals who want to gain hands-on knowledge on how to work with embryo donors, recipients and the clinics that serve them, and will cover topics such as: ASRM guidelines for embryo donation, terminology, key components of embryo donation counseling and report writing, understanding the voices and needs of the various stakeholders in an embryo donation arrangement, case studies, and much more. Space is limited, so sign up soon! Please contact Melanie Mikkelsen with any questions ( Please note this training is not sponsored by MHPG or ASRM.

Session dates are as follows:

Thursday, February 9th at 11 am-12 pm PST 

Thursday, February 23rd at 11 am-12 pm PST 

Thursday, March 2nd at 11 am-12 pm PST 

Thursday, March 9th at 11 am-12 pm PST

*On Thursday, February 16th, you are invited to join EM•POWER's professional event series featuring Sharon Covington who will be discussing the latest edition of the Fertility Counseling and Fertility Case Studies textbooks.

Reproductive Trauma: Psychotherapy With Infertility and Pregnancy Loss Clients (First Edition)

 Reproductive Trauma: Psychotherapy With Infertility and Pregnancy Loss Clients (First Edition)

By Janet Jaffe, Ph.D.

I am delighted to announce that Reproductive Trauma is now available as an e-book! Reproductive Trauma aims to help clinicians understand and treat the unique needs of clients who have experienced adverse reproductive events, including infertility, miscarriage, perinatal or newborn loss, and premature or other complicated births. Through the lens of the reproductive story, therapists will learn how to help clients identify the trauma they have experienced, grieve their losses, and guide them in making complicated decisions about family building, including the use of oocyte, sperm, or embryo donation. Illustrated with numerous clinical examples, the first edition will help mental health professionals gain both insight and clinical skill in working with this population.

Stay tuned for publication of the second edition sometime in 2024!

Podcast with Steven Miller

Podcast with Steven Miller


Steven J. Miller speaks with NASW Social Works Talks about infertility and mental health. He holds a master's in psychology and is earning his MSW at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

EP77: Infertility and Mental Health (

EM•POWER Webinars on Embryo Donation

EM•POWER donation is an organization dedicated to empowering choice and fostering understanding for all stakeholders involved in embryo donation.  Founded by Maya Grobel, LCSW, Jen Vesbit, NCC, and genetic counselor, Gina Davis, EM•POWER provides educational webinars and support services free of charge to the community.  EM•POWER is funded by the department of Health and Human Services. 

Save the date for our next live webinar, Talking to Kids About Embryo Donation.  In this 90-minute informational session, the EM•POWER team will explore different ways to talk with children about embryo donation.  We will share our family experiences and discuss tools and tips to support children as they develop their own unique narratives.  Maya will start by talking about how embryo recipients can talk to their children about their unique beginnings, and Jen and Gina will cover talking to children of embryo donors.  While this webinar is specific to families connected to embryo donation, it could also be a good support for any family created through donor conception.  One note: Our webinars are designed to keep participant names and questions anonymous to other viewers. 

This webinar is the third in a series of five.  If you missed our first two webinars and are interested in checking them out, you can watch them here.

Additionally, please mark your calendars for our next two webinars!

Becoming a Parent Via Embryo Donation
Saturday March 13th • 10am PST / 1pm EST
This webinar will focus on the recipient's experience and will explore family building and parenting through embryo donation.

The Experience of Having Frozen Embryos
Saturday April 10th • 10am PST / 1pm EST
This webinar will cover the various choices one has for remaining embryos and will dive into the decision making process and experiences for embryo donors.

Continuing education credits are not provided.  EM•POWER webinars are not endorsed or sponsored by the Mental Health Professional Group of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.  

Second season of SART Fertility Experts podcast to be released featuring MHPG members

The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART), is pleased to announce the release of the second season of the SART Fertility Experts Podcast, which will feature eight podcasts from a variety of dedicated professionals who make IVF and infertility treatment possible, provide invaluable counseling and education to our patients, and advocate to make treatment accessible to all. The first episode will be available on Tuesday April 20th, with episodes releasing every other week. 

Season Two Schedule 

Episode One: RESOLVE and Infertility with Barbara Collura, RESOLVE Executive Director and William Petok, PhD 

Release date: 4/20 Listen Now

Episode Two: IVF: Cycles of Hope and Heartbreak with Julia Woodward, PhD and Vickie Schafer, PhD

Release date: 5/4

Mind Body Fertility by Rescripted. and Alice Domar, Ph.D.