BICA TRAINING GROUP: COURSES and BESPOKE COURSES AVAILABLE

BICA TRAINING GROUP: COURSES and BESPOKE COURSES AVAILABLE

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, or those whose work includes some clients with fertility issues, and of doctors, embryologists, nurses and support staff in the multidisciplinary clinic team. We also provide training for other organisations in related fields in the UK and overseas.

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.

1. BICA Foundation Course in Infertility Counselling

A two day course for qualified and experienced counsellors that aims to:

  • To develop specialist knowledge, learning from each other, aided by the different participants’ work settings
  • 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 stimulate and support the interests of infertility counselling generally

BOOKINGS NOW BEING TAKEN FOR NOVEMBER 9TH AND 10TH 2018

https://www.bica.net/event/28/BICA/BICA-Foundation-Course-for-Counsellors-working-in-Licensed-Clinics.html  

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

3. Implications Counselling Today

In a fast-changing landscape of ART with ever-increasing choices for family creation, it can be difficult to keep up with new developments.   At times the role of implications counselling stretches our skills and resources in unexpected ways and we may be faced with competing needs. At others, the routine of the work may lead to complacency and dull our awareness. This one day workshop will give you the opportunity to take some time out to update and refresh your knowledge, to review your practice and explore the challenges facing the counsellor in the implications session.

4. Complex Issues

This is a workshop for counsellors and therapists who work in the field of infertility. The programme balances teaching with experiential learning. It aims to ensure that fertility counsellors have a sound knowledge of the legal framework, are aware of the potential risks, have insight into the issues that surrogates, intended parents, donors and recipients face and the skills to undertake this complex work.

5. Facing the Void

When our clients face the prospect of untreatable infertility and the loss of the child/ren that they have imagined, the grief can be hard to bear and the future may feel like a void. Their journey is often intensely painful and poses great challenges to counsellors. At this workshop we will explore how both clients and counsellors negotiate this experience, and how they find a way to move forward. We will look at the personal and social implications of remaining childless and talk more about one of the alternatives – adoption.

6. “Why Me?”- Insights Into Infertility

The inability to conceive and bear a child can have a devastating effect on people’s emotional well-being, personal relationships and social functioning. Effective counselling can play a really important role in enabling them to deal with the many anticipated and actual losses of this experience. This workshop is designed for professional counsellors who, in their general practice, find themselves working with clients suffering from infertility, in recognition of the need for additional knowledge and skills to undertake this work.

7. Working with Men in an Infertility Setting

This workshop will provide counsellors and therapists with additional insights and skills when working with men in a fertility setting. It aims to enhance their role in working with men both as individuals and in the couple relationship. We will look at typical reactions of men, gender differences and explore the issues that arise when men are faced with sperm or egg donation or choose to be donors.

  • How working with men impacts us
  • How is it for them?
  • What is male infertility?
  • The counsellor’s role
  • Working with donors

8. Trauma Perspectives on infertility

What is Trauma? How does it come about? When are our clients exhibiting trauma reactions as opposed to the effects of grief and loss? How does trauma manifest in the fertility counselling room? How do fertility counsellors support clients experiencing both past and current trauma? What’s the small “t” and what’s the big “T”?

9. Couple Counselling

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

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:

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

 10. 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:

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

11. Giving and managing bad news

A multidisciplinary workshop for the clinic team which covers:

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

12. Counselling Skills for the MDT

This workshop is presented on the premise that we all possess unique qualities and skills that, with a bit of guidance, can be built upon in order to be an effective helper. It is accompanied by a booklet that is tailored to your organisation’s particular needs, for example if you are in a clinical or a administrative setting or offering the workshop to volunteers, to customer-facing, non-customer facing employees or a mixture of these. It aims:

  • To help participants notice their own emotional responses and how these might inform them in their listening role.
  • To give participants strategies for challenging situations such as when faced with a ‘client’s’ strong feelings and emotions or crying.
  • To increase self-awareness in the listening role in order to better help others either face-to-face or on the phone.
  • To give the basics in Counselling Skills: Listening and Responding.
  • To enhance knowledge of what is and isn’t expected of someone in a helping role.
  • To help participants feel valued and supported in their helping role.
  • How to see silence as an ally and a space in which to think.
  • To refresh knowledge on Safeguarding and Self-Care.

13. 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 opportunity to increase skills in working with infertile couples
  • 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 understanding of the context of the specialist field of infertility counselling
  • An exploration of the impact on the couple relationship