Reproductive trauma is specialized trauma comprised of miscarriage, infertility, premature or complicated birth, carrying a baby with health risks, and subsequent reoccurring losses. Approximately one in four will experience miscarriage and loss, while one in eight will experience infertility throughout their lifespan. Despite the vast number impacted by reproductive trauma, there remains a gap in public awareness and unclear direction for psychologists, licensed mental health professionals, medical professionals, and ministry leaders. Adding to the trauma is the complexity of the experience that is unique for each individual/couple. Due to the lack of available and/or adequate medical, mental health, and community support, individuals/couples are at risk for developing mental health issues, including post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, relational issues, and spiritual distress for Christian clients. Clients may feel stigmatized, isolated, or dismissed by well-meaning friends, family, or the church community without a clear understanding of reproductive trauma. In this workshop, the goals are to increase awareness of the impact of reproductive trauma and highlight post-traumatic growth that can occur using trauma-informed treatment coupled with spiritually-integrated interventions for Christian clients. This presentation also includes clinical interviews, resources, and suggestions for increasing community and church support.
305 | Restoring Hope and Healing to Clients Experiencing Reproductive Trauma
Vanessa Kent, Ph.D.; Caitlin Overfelt, M.A.
Approved For CE
Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, Coaches
Approved For CME/CEU
Medical Doctors, Osteopathic Doctors, Physicians Assistants, Midwives, Nurses and Nurse Practitioners
1. Explain the impact of reproductive trauma, including the short- and long-term negative effects on mental health, relationships, spirituality, and religious support
2. Describe specialized treatment modalities for reproductive trauma, including trauma-informed treatment using EMDR, clinical/support groups, and religious-based integrative therapies for Christian clients
3. Identify community, mental health, and medical resources that can be implemented at a community level to increase awareness and reduce the effects of reproductive trauma
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