Emotions in Assisted Reproduction Techniques: Counselling and Communicating with Patients

AREA: Reproduction, Psychology




CENTER: IVI Global Education


20 theoretical




450 €

Emotions in Assisted Reproduction Techniques: Counselling and Communicating with Patients

Dates: 13/04/2021 - 18/05/2021

Participants: 30 Students: 0

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Emotions in Assisted Reproduction Techniques: Counselling and Communicating with Patients

Dates: 19/10/2021 - 30/11/2021

Participants: 30 Students: 0

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This course is accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME)

Once course is completed you will be awarded with 20 ECMEC´s credits

Intended for

Specialists in Reproductive Medicine and Nurses


Infertility affects the emotional balance in a couple’s relationship. Treatments usually take a long time so emotional support is essential as part of the organization of multidisciplinary circuits of care that make possible comprehensive patient care.


-To know the theoretical and practical aspects regarding the communication with patients.

-To acquire communication strategies and skills that improve interpersonal relationships.

-To understand patients at an emotional level at the critical moments of infertility treatments.

-To provide psychological support in order to reduce the physical and emotional cost.

Did you know that this course is responsive? You can access it from a Windows (7, 8 or 10), Mac or any mobile device, using Chrome, Firefox, Edge or Safari (last three versions).


Module 1. Emotional processes in infertile patients submitted to Assisted Reproduction Treatments (ART)

• Emotional processes and possible complications

• Sexuality

• Different kinds of patients

• An analysis of the phases within an assisted reproduction treatment

• Is stress a cause of infertility?


Module 2. Detection of patients at risk: Oocyte donation, recurrent miscarriage, mono parental families

• Functions of the nursing collective

Physical care, Psychological support

• Different kinds of disorders

Adjustment disorder, Others

• Patients at risk

Psychological stress, Relationship problems,

Recurrent miscarriage, Failed treatments,

Psychopathological background, Embryonic reduction,

Genetic counseling, Oncological treatments


Module 3. Basic psychological assessment

• Psychological assessment protocol 

Gamete and Embryo donors and recipients,

Different kinds of couples

• Psychological intervention

Advice and other functions, Intervention needs,

Risk Factors: personal, social and treatment-related,

Objectives, Basic elements of the therapeutic relationship

• Assessment

• Cognitive therapy

Objectives, How are they accomplished?


Module 4. Multidisciplinary counseling: Therapeutic alliance, therapeutic skills of the team

• Communication with patients

What do patients expect? How to give them what they expect?

Necessary skills

• Effective comunication and the use of silence

• Basic elements of the therapeutic relationship

Acceptance, Empathy, Authenticity, Assertiveness

• Verbal and non-verbal language


Module 5. Psychological intervention: Positive psychology

• Anxiety

• Psychological intervention

Emotional intelligence, Positive psychology

• Resilience

• Optimism

• Personal strengths questionnaire 

• Psychologist


Module 6. Clinical cases

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Pilar Dolz del Castellar Pareja

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