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Infertility Innovations: East Meets West

6 CE Credits/Hours - Online Course - $59.00

Developed by Sage de Beixedon Breslin, Ph.D.

This course includes materials consisting of:

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General Course Description

During the last decade infertility has reached nearly epidemic proportions. As a result, we have had to revise our perspectives of and treatments for infertility. Through a large body of research we have discovered that the most effective means for treating fertility challenges lie not only in the complex medical procedures to join sperm and egg but also in the comprehensive care for mind, body and spirit. The Mind/Body Medicine of Harvard Medical Center now rests at the foundation for most clinicians who effectively treat today's fertility issues.

This is an introductory course on Infertility which incorporates both Western Medical views as well as Integrative Medical approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of reproductive health issues. Basic information about common reproductive disorders and their etiologies are provided, and a variety of treatments for these issues are reviewed. The first four articles provide comprehensive definitions and descriptions of the most common disorders and factors associated with infertility. The next four articles provide an Integrative Medical perspective on fertility challenges, their origins and on the most effective strategies for resolving infertility. The final article provides resources for both clinician and client involved in the treatment of infertility.

Educational Objectives

This course will teach psychotherapists to:

1.    Describe the most common factors and disorders associated with infertility.

2.    Summarize the Western Medical treatments available for reproductive disorders.

3.    Identify the elemental components of the Mind/Body Medical Approach to infertility.

4.    Review the potential impacts of the Mind/Body Approach on the student or client.

Course Syllabus

Factors associated with Infertility

Disorders and Diagnoses associated with Infertility

Impacts on Fertility

  • Impacts of Maternal Age
  • Impacts of Immunological Disorders
  • Impacts of Previous Miscarriage

Treatment of Infertility

  • Western Interventions
    • Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)
      • IVF, IUI, ICSI, etc.
  • Eastern Interventions
  • Integrative Interventions
    • Mind/Body Medicine
      • CBT
      • Individual, Couples and Group Counseling
      • Movement Therapy
      • Yoga
      • Meditation   Relaxation Training
      • Nutrition
      • Acupuncture
      • Abdominal Massage
      • Herbal Medicine

Beyond Primary Treatment

  • Reproductive Options
    • Surrogacy
    • Adoption
    • Fostering
    • Child-free Living


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