Invisible Losses: Working with Families Navigating Infertility and Perinatal Loss
In this workshop, participants will learn how to identify the various stages and unique complexities present in perinatal loss, learn to discern adaptive grief from complicated grief, understand the connection between perinatal loss and perinatal mental health disorders, and learn intervention strategies for “a problem with no solution.”
The feelings of grief and loss associated with infertility, miscarriage, stillbirth, and neo-natal death are layered and complex. Although very common, perinatal and reproductive losses are often misunderstood and have deep implications for emotional, psychosocial, and relationship wellness. Self-of-the-therapist concerns pertinent to working with grief, death, and marginalized loss will be emphasized. Participants will leave the workshop with the skills necessary to create a therapeutic holding environment where parents’ losses are honored.
By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:
Identify the significance of perinatal loss, including secondary losses connected to fertility and reproductive processes.
Recognize the biopsychosocial-spiritual complexities of marginalized losses inherent in infertility and perinatal loss.
Empower families by identifying and normalizing common obstacles to normative grieving.
Be able to assess and offer early intervention for perinatal mental health disorders.
Katie Kueny, PhD, LIMFT has her own private practice in Omaha, as a Licensed Independent Marriage and Family Therapist and an AAMFT approved supervisor. She specializes in marital therapy, grief/bereavement, perinatal mental health disorders, and adjustment to chronic illness. She worked as the Director of Behavioral Medicine of the General Internal Medicine Division at University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) for seven years and developed the behavioral medicine curriculum there.
Vanessa Neuhaus, MS, LIMFT serves as the Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at The University of Nebraska at Lincoln and is a Licensed Independent Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Lincoln. She specializes in working with women and couples who have experienced birth trauma, infertility, and perinatal loss, and uses her clinical expertise in trauma-informed care to help clients decrease symptoms of acute and post-traumatic stress that negatively impact their ability to fully mourn and adaptively grieve. Vanessa also specializes in attachment-based approaches to affair recovery and relational psychotherapy with distressed couples.
- 08:30 - 09:00 Registration
- 09:00 - 12:00 Morning Session
- 12:00 - 1:00 Lunch & NAMFT Membership Information
- 1:00 - 4:30 Afternoon session
- 4:30 Complete Evaluations and collect CEU certificates.
6.0 Hours of CEUs for LMHPs & LIMHPs
Morning Coffee & Lunch Provided
15% early bird discount for registrations before October 15th
NAMFT is an independent organization representing the professional interests of Marriage & Family Therapists and all mental health providers in Nebraska who have an interest and desire to work systemically. There will be more information available during this event and an opportunity to join the organization and benefit from membership.