It’s not a topic that people will bring up at work, over coffee, or even at get togethers with close friends. Instead, 1 in 4 women suffer in silence, because it’s not something that they are supposed to talk about – it is a topic that stays firmly behind closed doors and if you dare breach that social boundary, you may hear well-intentioned, but hurtful statements such as:
“At least you were only a few weeks along.” “Everything happens for a reason.” “Why don’t you just adopt?” “Just think positive.” “You just need to relax and it’ll happen in time.”
There really should be a book titled What Not to Say when it comes to pregnancy and infant loss.
I know because I’ve been there. After my experiences of loss, I heard the invalidating statements and I experienced the paradoxical sense of isolation – paradoxical because the reality is so many of us have experienced this kind of loss. The reality then becomes that many individuals only feel comfortable discussing their experience of pregnancy loss within the confines of a confidential therapeutic space.
Yet, while we may serve as one of the few if not the only safe harbour for individuals to share and process their experience of loss, in our clinical training, pregnancy and infant loss was quickly brushed over – most often as an aside in larger, generalized discussion of grief. Clients seeking psychotherapy for pregnancy or infant loss may have kept it hidden, feel unsure where to turn for help and may already be hesitant about the validity of their pain and the usefulness of therapy in supporting them. You need to feel confident in your ability to help them navigate one of the toughest struggles they will ever face – their story of not only loss, but of love.
In this specialized, intensive training, I will walk you through the challenging realities of a pregnancy or infant loss - the accompanying emotional roller coaster, and specific steps to take to help your clients move forward. You’ll learn the best interventions for treating grief after a loss and uncover the mistakes you may be making – without even realizing it!
Whether you’re a specialist already or just getting started in this area, this training is for you! Watch me in this powerful training and learn proven strategies that will help your clients heal.
Continuing Professional Development Certificates
- PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 3 hours CPD.
Sunita Osborn, PsyD, MA, is a licensed clinical psychologist who practices in Houston, Texas and works with adults and couples. Known as an expert on the treatment of pregnancy loss, Dr. Osborn specializes in reproductive psychology and helps individuals and couples in all phases of the reproductive journey.
Dr. Osborn has been featured and interviewed on several different media outlets including NPR, With Whit, Psychology Today, and several miscarriage-focused platforms such as, “The Miscarriage Map: What to Expect When You are no Longer Expecting” and, “The Miscarriage Map Workbook: An Honest Guide to Navigating Pregnancy Loss, Working Through the Pain, and Moving Forward.”
Financial: Sunita Osborn is the director of operations at Modern Therapy. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Sunita Osborn is a member of the American Psychological Association.
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Utilize clinical strategies to assess, conceptualize, and treat pregnancy loss.
Employ evidence-based grief and trauma interventions to treat pregnancy loss and to support clients in future reproductive journey.
Investigate clinical considerations and adaptations to treat pregnancy loss within couples and group psychotherapy.
Build the development of greater insight in both clinicians and clients they are treating.
Perinatal Loss: Common Misconceptions
Misattunement to the loss
Far reaching implications of reproductive trauma
Ongoing and chronic nature of the trauma
Assessment: Exploring Clients’ Reproductive Story
How to listen for red flags: grief, guilt, shame, self-blame, and hopelessness
Identifying unique and numerous losses experienced
When things take a turn: anxiety, depression, OCD
How to fully validate clients’ experience
Sharing the Story
Utilizing relevant assessment measures
Treatment Planning for Pregnancy and Infant Loss
Chronic trauma related to pregnancy loss
Adapting PTSD strategies for reproductive trauma
Addressing grief by utilizing loss and restoration orientation framework
Highlighting implicit emotions that may impact treatment progress including shame, self-blame, and hopelessness
Balancing complicated grief while still trying to conceive
Treatment Interventions: Helping Clients Move Forward, Not On
Utilizing attachment-focused approach
Build resiliency with interventions based on empathy, forgiveness and compassion
Maintaining relationships with partner and family
Adapting clinical techniques for couples and group work
Supporting clients in subsequent pregnancies
Culturally informed case conceptualizations
Relationship to body after a loss
How to hold personal experience with pregnancy loss while helping clients
Additional Participant CE must be purchased for each additional viewer. These viewers will watch the video with the main registrant, but will have individual access to course handouts and certification. The standard price of this program includes certification for main viewer.