Facing Infertility in the 21st Century


About the Course 
Infertility is a medical problem with social, emotional, financial, religious, and other personal challenges that affect individuals, couples, and family systems. To combat a Woman's inability to get pregnant, many people turn to counseling and the medical field for assistance and reproductive advice. This intermediate-level course provides an overview of infertility, the nature and scope of physical causes of infertility, as well as the emotional, social, financial, religious/spiritual, and career challenges faced by individuals and couples experiencing infertility. Treatment modalities are described, concerns for specific populations who experience infertility are discussed throughout using case studies and vignettes.

Social Workers completing this course receive 3 clinical social work continuing education credits.

Psychologists will receive 3 CE credits upon successfully completing this course. 

Counselors will receive 3 credit hours upon successfully completing this course.

Learning Objectives

  • Define the causes of infertility.
  • Recognize common vocabulary regarding assisted reproductive technology.
  • Identify the emotional, physical, spiritual, and relational effects of infertility.
  • Explore alternative healing and wellness approaches to infertility.
  • Describe ways in which therapists and counselors can offer significant support and guidance to those experiencing infertility.
  • Differentiate common challenges of infertility, including for specific populations such as single women, transgender individuals, and gay and lesbian couples.

About the Author(s)

Ellen Glazer, MSW, MEd, is a private-practice clinician who has been working with individuals, couples, and families since the late 1970s. Her areas of practice include infertility, pregnancy, and parenthood. She has worked with countless individuals and couples with respect to their struggles with infertility, pregnancies, and parenthood after infertility and decisions about egg donation, sperm donation, and gestational carriers.

Elizabeth B. Russell, PhD, LCSW, is an assistant professor of social work at The College of Brockport. Before her appointment at Brockport, she was a tenured associate professor at Nazareth College and the Greater Rochester Collaborative Master of Social Work Program. Dr. Russell teaches classes on practice, research, and policy, as well as electives in sexual health, creativity in social work, evidence-based practice, and addictions.  

How to Receive Credit

  • Read the entire course online or in print.
  • Answer the final examination questions at the end of the course. A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

Resolution of Conflict of Interest 
Colibri Healthcare, LLC implemented mechanisms prior to the planning and implementation of the continuing education activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of the course activity. 

Sponsorship/Commercial Support and Non-Endorsement 
It is the policy of Colibri Healthcare, LLC not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners. 

The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. 
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