BICA Training Events

The BICA Training Group offers a range of workshops and courses that aim to promote best practice amongst professionals who work with people affected by infertility. These are variously designed to meet the training needs of counsellors and therapists who are already specialising in the field of infertility or wish to do so, of those whose work includes some clients with fertility issues, and of doctors, embryologists, nurses and support staff in the multidisciplinary clinic team.

All members of the Training Group are accredited and experienced infertility counsellors. Our approach is to balance direct teaching with experiential learning and ample room for reflection and discussion.

For more information contact: training@www.bica.net

 

Courses offered by the BICA Training Group

1. BICA Foundation Course in Infertility Counselling

This course is regarded as a basis for all counsellors entering specialist infertility counselling and wishing to become BICA accredited.  It normally runs each year, usually In Manchester in June but responsive to demand and resources.  It is a two day course for qualified and experienced counsellors that aims to:

  • To provide an overview of the context and range of issues surrounding work with clients who are experiencing infertility
  • To increase understanding of the impact of reproductive techniques
  • To develop specialist knowledge, learning from each other, aided by the different participants’ work settings
  • To stimulate and support the interests of infertility counselling generally

If you are interested in attending please contact Janet Owen to book your place.

2. Donation and Family Creation

A study day for counsellors and therapists who wish to develop or refresh  their knowledge and skills in work with people who need sperm, egg or embryo donation in order to have a child and with the people who offer their gametes or embryos. It explores:

  • The impact of fertility loss on the individual, couple and those close to them
  • Working with the loss and grief
  • The meaning of mother, father and parent in our world today
  • The issues to be faced in finding a donor
  • Emotional, social and cultural issues in parenting children conceived by donation
  • The needs of donor conceived people from early childhood through to adulthood.
  • Counselling the donors
  • The legal framework in the UK
  • The counsellors role in the assisted conception centre

 

3. Infertility Matters

This study day is for all members of the fertility team looking at issues that may arise for staff and patients when no more treatment can be offered. It addresses:

  • Why people wish to have children
  • The losses when this cannot be achieved
  • The meaning of the baby for the individual and the couple
  • The role and issues for all members of the fertility team
  • Breaking bad news – dealing with the patients’ feelings and our own
  • Facilitating and staying with the mourning process
  • Facing the future – the void and ways which both staff and patients might collude in avoiding the void
  • Helping patients to end and leave the clinic

 

4. Couple Counselling

A study day for counsellors and therapists who work in the field of infertility to develop skills for working with couples.

This study day is for all members of the fertility team looking at the issues that are raised for staff and patients when no more treatment can be offered. It addresses:

  • Why people wish to have children
  • The losses when this cannot be achieved
  • The meaning of the baby for the individual and the couple
  • The role and issues for all members of the fertility team
  • Breaking bad news – dealing with the patients and our own feelings
  • Facilitating and staying with the mourning process
  • Facing the future – the void and ways which both staff and patients might collude in avoiding the void
  • Helping patients to end and leave the clinic

 

5. Giving and managing bad news

A multidisciplinary workshop for the clinic team which covers:

  • What it is like to give and manage bad news
  • The range of bad news for fertility patients
  • Common reactions to receiving bad news
  • How to manage the process
  • Important communication skills
  • Support for the messenger

Additional Information on the Managing Bad News Workshop is available to download from the bottom of the page

 

6. BICA Course for Relate Counsellors

A one day workshop specifically designed for therapists who work with couples,some of whom have fertility issues. It provides:

  • An understanding of the context of the specialist field of infertility counselling
  • Insight and awareness of the issues that people face when they have difficulty conceiving and the infertility journey they embark on in undergoing assisted conceptions treatments
  • An exploration of the impact on the couple relationship
  • An opportunity to increase skills in working with infertile couples