Fundamentals - 2nd Annual When It Takes More Than Two To Make A Baby

Philadelphia, PA US
May 13, 2015 to May 15, 2015

Join us for the second Thomas Jefferson University conference designed specifically for infertility counseling sponsored by the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology in Philadelphia, PA. Clinicians are facing more challenges for infertility counseling due to advances in the assisted reproductive technologies and the associated psychological, ethical, and legal issues that accompany those advancements. The first day will introduce fundamental concepts and skills needed for the many aspects of working with individuals needing assistance to build their families. The second and third day are more advanced training drawing from "real life" cases as well as ethics training and a novel "psychology lab" (using live actors) for exploration of the inter-professional challenges associated with complex clinical cases.

Target Audience

The course is designed for mental health professionals, specialists, nurses, social workers, and allied health professionals whose practice focuses on infertility and infertility counseling.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion, participant should be able to:

  • Describe the different type of families made possible by ART, gamete donation and surrogacy.
  • Summarize the legal issues and challenges for families of ART, gamete donation and surrogacy.
  • Identify some of the challenges to providers in counseling these new ART families.
  • Describe the current psychological issues for each stakeholder with egg freezing and emerging professional standards.
  • Summarize how psychopharmacology issues are considered when treating intended parents.
  • Discuss the different roles for mental health professionals with educating, counseling, and screening stakeholders.
  • Identify the psychosocial challenges for oncology patients and family building.
  • Identify areas of conflict for partners pursuing parenthood.
  • Describe the ethical considerations in third party parenting.
Additional information
Jefferson Content Development By: 
Sidney Kimmel Medical College (SKMC)
Jefferson College of Population Health
Jefferson College of Nursing
Content Areas: 
Family Medicine
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Primary Care
Women's Health
PDF icon Program Brochure422.32 KB
PDF icon Preliminary Program Agenda466.7 KB
PDF icon Registration Form308.58 KB
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 23.25 APA
  • 1.00 Attendance
  • 23.25 CNE
  • 23.25 Social Work
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
05/13/2015 - 8:00am EDT
Event ends: 
05/15/2015 - 5:30pm EDT
Jefferson Alumni Hall - Solis Cohen Auditorium
1020 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
United States

All faculty are required to disclose to the audience (1) significant financial relationships with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial products, goods, or services (2) any unlabeled or unapproved uses of drugs or devices discussed in their presentations. Such disclosures will be made in writing or electronically in the course presentation materials. 

Available Credit

  • 23.25 APA
  • 1.00 Attendance
  • 23.25 CNE
  • 23.25 Social Work


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