Fostering Hope: An Educational Opportunity for Those Experiencing Infertility
08/08/2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Type of Class
Series of 6 Wednesday workshops – Please plan to attend all six
Instructors: Rebecca Meeks & Jessica Shull
Fostering Hope is designed for participants struggling with infertility and who currently lack biological children. The goal of the class is to help participants come to terms with the experience of infertility and what infertility means for them and their family. In addition, research has shown that women, in particular, experience high levels of depression, anxiety, and social isolation in response to infertility. This class seeks to assist participants in developing positive coping strategies and skills that they can utilize as they move forward in the process of becoming Resource Parents.
- Wednesday, August 1st
- Wednesday, August 8th
- Wednesday, August 15th
- Wednesday, August 22nd
- Wednesday, August 29th
- Wednesday, September 5th
Session 1 Isolation and Connection (Women Only): Discuss social and relational isolation commonly experienced with infertility as a major life crisis.
Session 2 Grief and Loss (Women Only): Discuss the intangible loss of infertility, grief and what loss means to participants.
Session 3 Anger and Regret (Women Only): Discuss the topic of anger and regret helping participants gain awareness of their anger by being mindful and identifying emotions.
Session 4 Expectations and Hope (Women and Partners): Discuss expectations in reference to adoption and fostering including expectations and parenting issues that often occur during the adoption/foster process.
Session 5 Partner Support (Women and Partners): Discuss and provide information on healthy communication between partners.
Session 6 Self-Care and Mindfulness (Women and Partners): Teach and practice mindfulness activities, discussing individual coping strategies and how to implement these strategies daily.
Note: Only women will attend sessions 1-3, women and partners will attend sessions 4-6. Three hours of the course will count toward/fulfill the topic of Adopting After Infertility.