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List of national infertility counseling organizations

Below you find a list with contact details of all infertility counseling organizations and individuals proving infertility counseling in their country. The list is in alphabetical order. Feel free to contact the organizations or individuals if you are seeking information on infertility counseling in their country.

Argentina

Argentine Center of Psychology and Reproduction

El Salvador 4834
4. C CP 1414
Buenos Aires
Argentina

Silvia Jadur
jadursilvia@gmail.com  and
sjadur@uolsinectis.com.ar

 

In Argentina, there are psychologists with different theoretical frameworks, some have a background in psychoanalysis, some in  behaviorism, cognitivism and other psychological currents. In general, patients are referred for psychological consultation by specialists. There are psychologists who work in medical centers and others who work in private practice. The Argentine Center of Psychology and Reproduction (CAPSIR) is a team that assist people who want to be parents and have children. These include heterosexual couples, women without partners, two women, two men, and it includes options such as surrogacy and adoption. We publish children’s books to explain the procreative diversity outreach on these issues to the community and we present papers at national and international conferences. Silvia Jadur is  also the coordinator of Psychology Chapter in the Argentina Society for Reproductive Medicine.

Australia & New Zealand

The Australian and New Zealand Infertility Counsellors Association (ANZICA)

ANZICA is a subgroup of the Fertility Society of Australia (FSA) Chair: Kate Bourne kbourne@varta.org.au  

The Australian and New Zealand Infertility Counsellors Association (ANZICA) was formed in Canberra in 1989 by a group of 10 infertility counsellors, social workers and psychologists attending the Fertility Society of Australia annual meeting. Since 2005 it became a subgroup of the Fertility Society of Australia. ANZICA membership has expanded to include almost 100 members from all States and Territories of Australia and across New Zealand and is the largest professional association for infertility counsellors. ANZICA fulfils an important role in representing the views of infertility counselors both to the Reproductive Technology Accreditation Committee (RTAC), The Fertility Society of Australia and the New Zealand Infertility Society. It is vital that counsellors have a voice in the field of Reproductive Technology both as advocates for the clients and for the potential unborn child. ANZICA membership is open to counsellors with recognized tertiary qualifications in psychology or social work. Students of these fields and other counsellors with related university specialized training are also welcome to join as associate members. ANZICA hosts a closed Facebook group, has a newsletter, and runs counselling workshops twice a year for its members.   AZICA Policy Statements

  • ANZICA Policy and Procedure Manual
  • ANZICA Terms of Reference
  • ANZICA Donor Linking Guidelines
  • ANZICA Surrogacy Guidelines
  • ANZICA Position Paper on Donor Embryos
  • ANZICA Position Paper on Egg Sharing
  • ANZICA Guidelines for Professional Practice

You can find links to all of these Statements here

 Austria

Currently, there is no organization in Austria. You can contact Eveline Paula Leitl, MSc Psychotherapist wunschkind@chello.at for information on infertility counseling in Austria

There is no organization in Austria. Please contact Eveline Paula Leitl for information on infertility counseling in Austria  

Belgium

Bulgaria

Bulgarian Association of Reproductive Psychology

Chair: Dr. Vanya Savova vanya_savova@abv.bg

The Bulgarian Association of Reproductive Psychology is the first professional organisation of infertility counsellors in the country. Our ultimate goal is to improve the well-being of people using Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART). The foundations of this organisation are built of three key areas of focus:

  • counselling,
  • implementation of patient-centered care in medical treatment, and
  • research.

In order to carry out these tasks we work closely with the patients’ organisations, reproductive medical centres and academics to assist in the facilitation and promotion of readily available psychological counselling, psychosocial interventions and care, and psycho-education in infertility. The psychosocial services are provided by the Association’s network of counsellors in big towns and cities across the country. Proceeding from the need of specialist training in the field, the Reproductive Psychology course was founded in two master programs at Sofia University in 2014 by Dr. Vanya Savova. Since then the Bulgarian Association of Reproductive Psychology supports the development of specialists, enhances their professional qualification and forms the local criteria for evaluation of those skilled in the field of infertility counselling, which leads to our aim to develop a European-wide recognized accreditation system. Currently the website (with English version) is under construction.

Canada

Special Interest Group for Counsellors

(SIG Counsellors) within the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society Lori Parker  

The Counselling Special Interest Group (CSIG) was inaugurated at the joint Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS) and American Society of Reproduction Medicine (ASRM) Annual Meeting in 2005. The mission of CSIG is to:

  • Promote opportunities for communication and networking among Canadian counsellors;
  • Provide professional development through education and training;
  • Support counsellors’ involvement in research activities;
  • Encourage multi-disciplinary collaboration and exchange;
  • Develop standards of practice for counselling within the scope and context of the Assisted Human Reproduction Act of Canada;
  • Encourage counsellors working in the field to become members of CFAS.
  • The Counselling Practice Guidelines Committee was established in January 2008 to fulfill the mandate of developing standards of practice for Canadian counsellors. Committee members included Susan Bermingham MPs, Judith Daniluk PhD, Christopher Newton PhD, Janet Takefman PhD, and Samantha Yee MSW. Contributions by Sherry Dale MSW, Jean Haase MSW from Assisted Human Reproduction Canada, and Valerie Wilkie RN of the Nursing Special Interest Group are acknowledged.

At present in Canada, there is no complete agreement among those in the field of Assisted Human Reproduction (AHR) concerning the minimum qualifications necessary to provide appropriate AHR counselling services. The Assisted Human Reproduction Counselling Guidelines are judged to reflect best practice and were developed to ensure optimum care for individuals considering AHR interventions. These guidelines are relevant for all professionals who provide AHR counselling, although different levels of training and experience might be necessary for different counselling interventions (e.g. third party reproduction or the administration of psychological tests).

Chile

SIG in Psychology Chilean Society of Reproductive Medicine

Irene Furman, PhD Psychologist, Certified Psychotherapist Coordinator, furman@med.uchile.cl

Irene Furman is a clinical psychologist at the Mother and Child Research Institute (IDIMI) at the School of Medicine / University of Chile. She is the coordinator of the SIG in Psychology of the Chilean Society of Reproductive Medicine

Background I
n Chile, the number of reproductive medicine centers has grown steadily over the last 25 years. One of the first and largest is a public program providing ART to couples of low and middle income who would otherwise have virtually no possibility to become biological parents. This clinical/academic program is supported by the Ministry of Health and is conducted at the University of Chile (IDIMI). This center pioneered locally and in Latin America the implementation of psychological assistance as an integral part of reproductive treatments. At present, most of the ART centers include a psychologist as part of their clinical teams.

Current Status of Infertility Counseling
The Special Interest Group in Psychology was established in March 2014 within the Chilean Society of Reproductive Medicine. Members are: four psychologists in private ART centers, one in the above-mentioned university-based ART center, and one representative of the national patients organization. We are currently in the process of exchanging clinical expertise and developing a guide of clinical orientations in infertility counselling.

Purposes of the Special Interest Group

  • To increase the interaction with chilean physicians practicing reproductive medicine
  • To promote better knowledge and understanding of the psychological/ social needs of patients undergoing infertility treatments
  • To outline standards of practice (clinical and ethical) for current and future mental health professionals addressing ART
  • To encourage research and systematic evidence-gathering on the psychosocial aspects of infertility in our national reality

 

China – Hong Kong

Celia Hoi Yan Chan (PhD, MSW, BSocSc, RSW, CT)

Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work and Social Administration, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Counsellor-in-charge, Centre of Assisted Reproduction and Embryology, The University of Hong Kong – Queen Mary Hospital (HKU-QMH CARE)
Email: chancelia@hku.hk | Tel: +852-3917-2089 | Fax: +852-2858-7604
Address: Department of Social Work and Social Administration, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong.

Infertility Counseling in Hong Kong

Unlikely other countries (e.g. Canada, Australia, UK) where counseling for people undergoing ARTs are mandatory by legislation, infertility counseling services in Hong Kong are mostly provided on needs basis. Since 2001, the Department of Social Work and Social Administration and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of The University of Hong Kong introduced psychosocial support services to support infertile couples who will undergo or have undergone assisted reproduction technologies.

 

Psychosocial Services includes:

  1. Psychological assessment for individuals (both donors and recipients) involved in gametes and embryo donation;
  2. Counselling and psychotherapy;
  3. Integrative Body-mind-spirit Intervention Program for women undergoing their IVF cycles, aiming to alleviate their anxiety arose from treatment and enhance their well-being. This psychosocial intervention model has been proven effective in enhancing patients’ physical and psychological adjustment to infertility and related treatments

 

Certificate Course in Infertility Counseling

Since 2009, as commissioned by the Hong Kong Society for Reproductive Medicine, our team has been organizing the Certificate Course in Infertility Counseling in Hong Kong on annual basis, which aim to equip doctors, nurses, embryologists, social workers, psychologists, and allied health professionals specialized in reproductive medicine with the knowledge in medical, psychosocial, legal and ethical perspectives as well as their implications towards infertility and assisted reproduction technologies.

 

Czech Republic

Dr. Hana Konecna Faculty of Health and Social Studies University of South Bohemia B. Nemcove 54, Pavilon H 370 78 Ceske Budejovice Czech Republic hana@adamcr.cz

You can contact Dr. Hana Konecna for any information on infertility counseling in the Czech Republic. She is a psychologist and has been working as an infertility counselor for many years. Currently, there is no organization in the Czech Republic.

Europe

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