SIG SIG PSYCHOLOGY & COUNSELLING

Education, Qualification and Equality

Pocket version of counselling guidelines now ready and available

We see it as one of our foremost jobs to offer highly qualified educational workshops, to ensure that we as health professionals are up to date with the terms and legislations on the themes patients and donors are preoccupied with. How do we serve their interest best, also taking into account ethical considerations? How do we make sure everyone has equal treatment opportunities but at the same time are treated individually?

Thus, we have recently held two successful Campus workshops, the first a much anticipated and appreciated meeting on Egg donation: medical, psychological and ethical considerations in Barcelona in January. Combining the interests of three different organising SIGs (Global and socio-cultural aspects of infertility and Ethics & Law) provoked interesting and topical discussions - on anonymity, transnational egg donation, donor age, and the need for strict guidelines. Also discussed was the role of a counsellor, taking us in directions we may not have foreseen by ourselves but still of relevance to our clinical practice.

Our next Campus course was held in co-operation with the SIG Nurses and Midwives, a basic training course on Information provision and communication with patients held in London in March, which we try to offer every two to three years. This year we covered topics such as information load, patient preferences and ethnic background. One of the central take-home messages was that training in patient-centered care and communication remains important, with a need for competencies in understanding and relating to the patient still as relevant as ever.

In the future
The precongress course of this year’s Annual Meeting in Barcelona is centered around infertility engagement in a broad sense. We wish to explore how to engage multiple audiences on the topic of infertility and assisted reproduction - for example in new media formats. Each talk will illustrate the use of a less conventional media to increase public awareness, implement research programmes and therapeutic interventions, influence policy or target new or broader audiences within the area of reproductive medicine.

Education easy to go
The latest feature in our development of Guidelines in Psychosocial Care is a pocket guideline now recently finalised and freely available 

Yoon Frederiksen
Junior Deputy SIG Psychology & Counselling