You are invited to join the Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work for a free webinar series on Reproductive Mental Health throughout February 2022!
Many social workers and other helping professionals are unaware that infertility affects many people in a variety of ways. One in eight couples is affected by infertility in the United States, affecting about 170,000 people in Wisconsin (Building Families Alliance Wisconsin, n.d.); (World Health Organization, 2021). Adoptive parents are 10 times as likely to have experienced infertility or have attempted fertility treatments (CDC, 2009). Thirty-nine percent of foster parents’ motivation for becoming a foster poster was due to infertility (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2011). Often, with infertility comes psychological distress, isolation, and other challenges similar to those experienced by people diagnosed with cancer (Domar, Zuttermeister, & Friedman, 1993), yet the effects of infertility on mental health are rarely a focus of education for mental health professionals.
Our webinar series will explore the topics of male, female, and third party/surrogacy perspectives on infertility and mental health. 1 Social Work CEH/.1 CEU will be provided for each webinar. Click on the links to register for the session. A Zoom link will be sent out one week prior to the session to those who register.
- February 7th, 6pm-7pm (CST), Male Perspectives on Infertility and Mental Health by Dr. Bill Petok, licensed psychologist.
- February 17th, 6pm-7pm (CST), Female Perspectives on Infertility and Mental Health by Dr. Anna Flores-Locke, licensed professional counselor.
- February 23rd, 6pm-7pm (CST), Third Party/Surrogacy Perspectives on Infertility and Mental Health by Brie McKeller, MPA, and Jeanne Ferguson, LISW, licensed social worker
You will be asked to complete an anonymous brief survey when registering. Your survey responses will be used to see if there is an increase in knowledge about infertility and mental health, before and after the sessions. We look forward to having you attend the series and learning more about how infertility can impact one’s mental health.
Building Families Alliance- WI. (2021, August 7). Retrieved from Building Families Aliance About: https://www.buildingfamilieswi.org/about
CDC. (2009, January ). NCHS Data Brief. Retrieved from Who Adopts? Characteristics of Women and Men Who Have Adopted Children: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db12.pdf
Domar, A., Zuttermeister, P., & Friedman, R. (1993). The psychological impact of infertility: a comparison with patients with other medical conditions. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology, 45-52.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2011, May 29). Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. Retrieved from Children Adopted from Foster Care: Child and Family Characteristics, Adoption Motivation, and Well-Being: https://aspe.hhs.gov/reports/children-adopted-foster-care-child-family-characteristics-adoption-motivation-well-being-0#_Toc300125443
World Health Organization. (2021). Health Topics. Retrieved from Infertility: https://www.who.int/health-topics/infertility#tab=tab_1