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International Infertility  Counseling Organisation

Helsinki 2016

On July 2nd, from 12.00 to 18.00,  IICO together with the Finnish Fertility Association held the workshop “Offspring and Access to Donor Records”

Here you can download the programme and invitation. In the “Stay informed” section (which you can subscribe) you can read about this workshop and look at the powerpoint presentations.

Geneva 2017

In July 2017, IICO together with the Swiss Fertiforum held a workshop on infertility counselling on the Saturday prior to the ESHRE conference. We have just put all the presentations online and you can download them as PDF documents. If you subscribe the news (see “stay informed” when you scroll down) you will automatically receive the invitation for the next workshop.

Barcelona 2018

There will not be an IICO Workshop in Barcelona this year. Next year, ESHRE will be in Vienna and the Austrian colleagues have already started to organise a workshop there.

Welcome to the IICO

IICO is short for the International Infertility Counseling Organisation. IICO is the international umbrella organization for national fertility counseling organisations.

Our goal is to bring together professional organizations and individual practitioners in infertility counseling worldwide in order to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and experience and in order to further the development of infertility counseling. There are currently over 10 national organizations and we strive to hold a work-shop every two years in conjunction with international conferences.

If you are interested in events, browse our website and subscribe to our blog (see below). If you are interested in contacting like-minded professionals in other countries, send them an email. If you have any questions regarding IICO or suggestions you would like to make, please use the contact form to be in touch with us.

Linda Hammer Burns (USA)

Petra Thorn (DE)

Sheila Pike (UK)

Uschi van den Broeck (BE)

Tewes Wischmann (DE)

PS. Parts of this website are currently work in progress. If you seek information but cannot find it, let us know!

No workshop in Barcelona this year, but …

Unfortunately, there will not be a workshop in Barcelona this year. But: EHSRE will take place in Vienna next year, and the Austrian colleagues have already started to think about a workshop on the Saturday prior to the ESHRE conference. read more

Workshop for Infertility Counsellors in Geneva

  Just prior to the ESHRE conference, the Swiss Fertiforum together with IICO will hold the following workshop:   WORKSHOP IN GENEVA Saturday, 1 July, 2017 13:30 – 18:00   UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL OF GENEVA SWITZERLAND here you can download the PDF   (Easy access by tramway or buses from the airport or the main train station, map and details in final programme)   SEXUAL HEALTH IN THE CONTEXT OF INFERTILITY TREATMENT   All presentations will be in English   Together with FertiForum (a commission of the Swiss Society of Reproductive Medicine) and SANTE SEXUELLE suisse, the International Infertility Counseling Organisation (IICO) is offering a half-day workshop on the theme of sexual health. This is for colleagues interested in the Swiss specificities of sexual health in the field of infertility and medically assisted procreation. The workshop will also provide opportunities to discuss and share experiences with international colleagues.   We are looking forward to seeing you in Geneva !!   Sexual Health in the Context of Infertility Treatment, Saturday, 1 July, 2017 University Hospital of Geneva (HUG Genève) Organised by FertiForum (Swiss counselling organisation, Swiss Society for Reproductive Medicine, www.sgrm.org ) and SANTE SEXUELLE suisse, www.sante-sexuelle.ch , in collaboration with IICO (International Infertility Counseling Organisation, www.iico-infertilitycounseling.org )   13h00 : Welcome drink for participants   13h30-13h45: Introduction Chairperson: Danièle Besse, FertiForum   13h45-14h15: The concept of Sexual Health in Switzerland  Christine Sieber, SANTE SEXUELLE Suisse, Bern   14h15-14h50 : Mindfulness-based interventions in infertility care  Dr Isabelle Streuli, Dr Helene Gaitzsch, University Hospital, Geneva   14h50-15h25: Sexual health and endometriosis Dr Nicola Pluchino, University Hospital, Geneva   15h25-16h00: Coffee break   16h00-16h35: The well-being of the child in medically assisted procreation,... read more

Carpe Fucking Diem

Carpe Fucking Diem This was the strong and emotional title of one presentation we had at our annual Workhop in Helsinki. Eline Brotherus, a Finnish photographer, published an autobiographic documentary on her journey through infertility. The photos are very powerful indeed. You can find out about the book here... read more

Workshop on infertility counseling in Helsinki

Workshop on infertility counseling in Helsinki On the Saturday prior to the ESHRE conference in Helsinki, we had a very successful and well attended workshop focusing on third party family reproduction. There were approx. 40 participants from all over the world, including countries such as Japan and Hong Kong, and our Finnish colleagues had organized a wonderful venue: a typically Finnish house by the lake , and they had also organized great weather. Thank you once more to them for organizing this! Here the programme once more, for your orientation:   Introduction Petra Thorn Vice-Chair of IICO; Chair of German Society for Fertility Counseling, Germany Welcome to Helsinki” and Counselling for third-party-reproduction in Finland- short review Maiju Tokola and Riikka Toivanen , Psychologist, psychotherapist Psychotherapy clinic Tunnetila, Finland Infertility patients in Finland: the journey to openness -The Finnish Infertility Association Simpukka Chief executive Johanna Repo, Finland and Accociation secretary Satu Rautakallio-Hokkanen, Finland The future connections and arrangements with the donors and recipients Mirka Paavilainen, Psychologist, psychotherapist Fertility-clinic Ovumia, Finland Society´s response to donor-conceived families: what do we know? Astrid Indekeu, lic. psychologist, postdoctoral researcher, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, and Catholic University Leuven, Belgium Carpe fucking diem”- An artistic photographic autobiographical documentary of involuntary childlessness and experiences of infertility treatments of a Finnish Photographer Elina Brotherus, Finland The 1985 Swedish legislation on identity-release donation – follow-up 30 years later Claudia Lampic, lic. psychologist, associate professor, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden Recruitment of donors in Swedish identity-release programs – psychological and social aspects Gunilla Sydsjö, lic. psychotherapist and social scientist, University Hospital Linköping, and professor, Linköping University, Sweden   I will post the presentations as speakers will send them to... read more

IICO Workshop in Helsinki – Finland on July 2nd, 2016

IICO together with the Finnish Infertility Counseling group will organize a half-day workshop in Helsinki, just prior to EHSRE The workshop will take place on July, 2nd, 2016 from approx. 12.00 to 18.00 and will focus on third party reproduction. We will post the programme in the next few... read more

New counseling organization in South Africa

New counseling organization in South Africa The SASREG Psychology and Counselling Special Interest Group was formed on the 31 October 2015. The main task of the group is to set up goals for psychologists involved in field of ART. Our current goals are to share best practice and stay updated in this rapidly changing multidisciplinary field.The SASREG 2015 National Congress “new Debates in Endoscopy and Infertility” hold for the first time such multi-disciplinary congress has been orchestrated in our field.Delegates has been include General Gynaecologist, Expert Endoscopic Surgeons, Reproductive Medicine Subspecialist, Embryologists, Fertility Nurses, Endoscopic Theatre Nurses, Fertility Counsellors and Fertility Legal Experts. Dr Petra Thorn opened the SIG group with her talk about Family Dynamics and Counselling of Donor children and Cross Border Reproduction. Lizanne van Waart, South... read more


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