New York State Society for Clinical Social Work Metropolitan Chapter Family Practice Committee Co-sponsored with The Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of NYCCSCW Presents:


1.5 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded for This Program

Friday, June 02, 2017

Course Number: 176 (1065 NJ)      Location: Manhattan


Date: Friday, June 2, 2017
Time: Registration: 1:30
  Seminar: 2:00 pm- 3:30 pm

Center for Psychological and Interpersonal Development
352 7th Ave Suite 1604
New York, NY 10001

For some couples and individuals infertility can be the first life crisis they experience.  It changes the way they perceive themselves and their partners, and challenges their sense of the world as a fair place.  They may have lived lives where hard work produced results.  Suddenly, the rules have changed.  They may see others getting pregnant easily while month after month their own efforts meet with failure.

This presentation will include a description of the medical options available to infertile couples and individuals through reproductive technology—and the difficult decisions these options can create.   It will cover the ways therapists can help their clients make decisions, mourn their losses, develop coping strategies, and possibly change family building goals while managing the wait until they become parents.      

HANDOUTS: Bibliography/References          

Course Outline:

  • 2:00pm-2:30pm - Overview of Infertility and various medical options of reproductive technology.
  • 2:30pm-3:00pm - Discussions of the struggles couples face when dealing with infertility. Case vignettes illustrating the impact of infertility on individual’s identity. The therapist’s role in facilitating the mourning process, providing support and teaching coping strategies.
  • 3:00pm-3:10pm - A description and comparison of various resources; a discussion of when support groups can be helpful and the advantages and disadvantages of specific methods.
  • 3:10pm-3:30pm - Audience participation, comments, questions and answers, discussion.                              

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Explain when it’s time for a couple or individual to seek the help of a reproductive endocrinologist (fertility doctor).
  2. Identify therapeutic interventions that are most effective in treating infertile couples and individuals.
  3. Describe how couples and individuals can move through the stages of loss/grief to parenthood.

Carolyn Berger, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  She is the Founding Board Chair of The American Fertility Association, now Path 2 Parenthood.  Ms. Berger is a Mental Health Provider and Chair of the Adoption Advisory Council, Path 2 Parenthood.  She is a Member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM); ASRM’s Mental Health Professional Group; the Hudson Valley Birth Network Therapists Group and the Adoptive Parents Committee.  Carolyn Berger’s private practice in Westchester and Manhattan focuses on Fertility, Adoption and All Forms of Family Building.  She is a consultant for New York Fertility Services, The Sher Fertility Institute, The Greenwich Fertility and IVF Center, and University Reproductive Associates. 

This is an interactive workshop, 20 minutes will be alloted for comments, questions and discussion throughout both sessions.

Maximum Capacity: 30

This seminar is appropriate for clinicians with all levels of experience. 

Who Should Attend: psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, licensed psychoanalysts, nurse practitioners and family and marriage/couple counselors

  • Contact Hours will be awarded once the entire course is completed.
  • Certificates will be emailed approximately ten business days after the completion of the course.
  • For questions regarding disability access please contact Kristin or Jennifer, at time of registration, so that we can see to it that arrangements are made to accommodate your special needs:
  • For questions regarding course content, please contact Kristin or Jennifer:
  • In the event of any grievance please contact Dr. Susan Klett, Director of Professional Development at

Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of the NYSSCSW, Inc., SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Social Workers #0056; Licensed Psychoanlalysts #P-0017; Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists #MFT-0028 and Licensed Mental Health Counselors #MHC-0045
This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards - ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #105 Course #1065 from 10/26/2016 to 10/26/2018. Social workers will receive the following type and number of credit(s):
Clinical Social Work Practice 3.0.

”Advanced Clinical Education (ACE) Foundation of NYSSCSW, provider #1413, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of SocialWork Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. The ACE Foundation of NYSSCSW maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 7/15/2016-7/15/2017. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 1.5 continuing education clock hours.”

Event Registration

Event Registration: 1:30 pm
Seminar: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Fee:        Members $ 30
                Non-members $40
                Students with ID: $10


Payment: Please make payable to NYSSCSW
● Sent to: NYSSCSW c/o TMS 
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