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

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


1.5 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded for This Program

Saturday, June 4, 2016

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                                          Date:  Saturday, June 4, 2016

                                          Time: 10:45am-12:15pm

                                          Location: Mental Health Association

                                                            29 Sterling Avenue

                                                            White Plains,  NY 10606


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.                                                             

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.

Presenter: 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 seminar is appropriate for clinicians with all levels of experience.

Location:  Mental Health Association, 29 Sterling Avenue, White Plains, NY 10606

CEUs: 1.5

Maximum Capacity: 65

Registration and Networking: 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Presentation: 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Event Registration


  • Email Alison Abrams, LMSW at  Please include name, address, phone, and whether or not you are a member.  You will receive an email confirming attendance and registration fee (to be paid on-site only).  If room capacity has been reached prior to your registration, you will be added to our waitlist.

  • Registration Fees:  You will notice that fees for programs with speakers have increased for non-members.  It is our hope that the anticipated savings of becoming a member will encourage new people to join NYSSCSW, where in addition to having access to excellent speakers and regular opportunities to earn CEUs, they can participate in monthly practice groups prior to presentations, and network within a diverse community of highly-skilled social work clinicians.  

                               Pre-registered       On Site $10.00 more 

                                      Members    $25                   $35

                                     Non-members $35               $45

                                     No fee for students -must pre-register    $10 seniors


  •  Checks or money orders will be accepted on-site only.  Please make payable to NYSSCSW, and make sure to write your email address clearly on the front. 
  • 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 course content, registration and disability access please contact Kristin or Rae Ann

  • In the event of any grievance please contact Dr.Susan Klett, Director of Professional Development at


Event Registration

Please see the event details for registration instructions.

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