Mental Health Day


MRSi Mental Health Day
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Executive Chairperson – Angeline Beltsos, MD, FACOG
Chairperson - Lyn Jacobson, MSW, LMSW and Angela Lawson, PhD


Title Presenter
Opening Ceremonies Lyn Jacobson, PhD
Angela K. Lawson, PhD
Angeline Beltsos, MD, FACOG
Understanding Your Team Members - Use This Simple Test Lisa Duran, B.A.
The Tech Revolution, Social Media and Our Patients in Reproductive Endocrinology Griffin Jones, BS, BA
Hannah Johnson, BS, BA
Managing Change: Judger or Perceiver? Lisa Duran, B.A.
The Myth of Anonymity: Are We Misleading Our Patients Considering Third Party Options? *** Andrea Braverman, PhD
Susan Crockin, Esq
BREAK OUT SESSION: The Risks and Benefits of Third Party Reproduction *** Group A - Andrea Braverman, PhD
Angela K. Lawson, PhD
Group B - Ali Domar, PhD
Lyn Jacobson, MSW, LMSW
Q&A - Amanda Le, BSN
The Fine Line Between Living and Dying: Fertility Preservation Counseling in Patients with Poor Cancer Prognosis *** Kristin Smith, BS
K. Lawson, Ph.D.
Counseling of LGBTQI Fertility Patients *** Samuel Pang, MD
The Forgotten Patient: The Emotional Burden of Male Infertility Patients *** Angela K. Lawson, PhD
Healthy Women, Healthy Babies: Maximizing Overall Health to Improve Fertility Outcomes *** Ali Domar, PhD
CALL TO ACTION: Top 10 Things to Implement in your Psychology Practice from the 2017 MRSi Mental Health Day Lyn Jacobson, MSW, LMSW
Angela K. Lawson, PhD

The Midwest Reproductive Symposium International in collaboration with Health Psychology Solutions presents The Midwest Reproductive Symposium International Mental Health Day. Health Psychology Solutions is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. HPS maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Psychologists who registered for CE will receive 4.5 for completion of this educational program.

If you are disabled or require special assistance, please contact Angela Lawson, Ph.D. at alawson@nm.org or 312-695- 5082. If you have questions about CE credits for psychologists, please contact Helen L. Coons, Ph.D., ABPP, Health Psychology Solutions, at 215-370- 2342 or hcoons@comcast.net.

*** Continuing education credits for psychologists are offered for completion of this presentation.

Speaker Bios

Angeline Beltsos, M.D., FACOG

Dr. Beltsos is the CEO and Medical Director of Vios Fertility Institute Chicago. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI), practicing medicine since 1991. She is a popular speaker, both nationally and internationally, and a frequent media resource on the topic of infertility. She is the executive chairperson for the Midwest Reproductive Symposium International, an international conference of fertility experts.

Andrea M. Braverman, Ph.D.

Dr. Braverman is the Associate Director of the Educational Core, Clinical Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Braverman is Past Chair of the Mental Health Professional Group of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and Past President of the North American Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynecology, and was the recipient of the prestigious Family Building Award presented by the American Fertility Association and was the 2011 Timothy Jeffrey Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to Clinical Health Psychology, American Psychological Foundation. Widely published in the peer-reviewed literature in infertility, Dr. Braverman has presented papers, monographs, and lectures on infertility and reproductive medicine with a focus on psychological issues and counseling strategies.

Susan L. Crockin, Esq.

Susan L. Crockin, Esq. has been involved in ART law since 1988, having started one of the first legal practices in the US devoted to the legal aspects of ART and adoption law, and in addition to her private practice, is an adjunct professor and scholar at Georgetown University Law Center’s O’Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law, where she currently teaches “ART Law” and “Comparative and Cross-Border Reproductive Technology Law.” She also is an affiliate faculty in residence at Georgetown’s Kennedy Institute of Ethics, and speaks and writes frequently on the legal and ethical aspects of the ARTs.

Alice Domar, Ph.D.

Dr. Domar is a pioneer in the field of mind/body medicine. She conducts ongoing ground-breaking research which focuses on the relationship between stress and various medical conditions, as well as the impact of lifestyle habits on mental and physical health. She is currently the Executive Director of the Domar Centers for Mind/Body Health, and the Director of Mind/Body Services at Boston IVF. She is an associate professor at Harvard Medical School, and a senior staff psychologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Domar has compiled an impressive list of accomplishments as a best-selling author, media authority and sought-after public speaker.

Lisa Duran, B.A.

Lisa Duran is an experienced and driven professional with 17+ years of experience developing and directing organizations, programs and teams to boost productivity and morale. She is passionate about leveraging the unique ability to build and maintain critical relationships to deliver impactful business outcomes. Lisa currently balances several roles within a number of organizations. She is the President and Owner of Reconceived, a team building and patient experience consulting firm; Executive Director of the Pay it Forward Fertility Foundation, and Director of Marketing at RMA of Texas in San Antonio.

Lyn Jacobson, MSW, LMSW

Lyn Jacobson, MSW, LMSW is a licensed social worker who practices in New York. She provides counseling to individuals and couples going through IVF and/or Third Party Reproduction, Gamete Donation, Gestational Carrier, Surrogacy, Donor Egg, Donor Sperm, Donor Embryo, Parenting after Infertility, Stress Management, Pregnancy Loss, Women’s Health, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, and Dissociative Identity Disorder. She serves on the Social Work Committee of the Mental Health Professional Group of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

Hannah Johnson, B.S., B.A.

Hannah Johnson is the Director of Operations at Vios Fertility in Chicago, IL. Prior to this, she worked as the International Liaison for Fertility Centers of Illinois where she worked to cultivate relationships with physicians as well as facilitate cycle management/coordination.

Griffin Jones, B.S., B.A.

Griffin Jones is the Operations Director at Fertility Bridge. He is passionate about building a full-service marketing firm for fertility centers from the ground up. He handles account and campaign management and social media.

Angela K. Lawson, Ph.D.

Dr. Lawson is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology and Psychiatry at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Lawson is a licensed psychologist specializing in women’s reproductive health. She joined the faculty at Northwestern in 2008 where she provides consultation as well as individual / couple’s psychotherapy related to infertility and other reproductive concerns. She also conducts research on the psychological aspects of infertility with a particular focus on fertility preservation. Dr. Lawson serves as the Immediate Past Chair of the Executive Committee for the Mental Health Professional Group of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

Samuel Pang, M.D.

Dr. Pang is subspecialty Board Certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and has been the Medical Director at IVF New England since 2007 and is also the Medical Director of the Third Party Reproduction Program at IVF New England, which provides IVF for patients needing to use donor eggs and/or a gestational surrogate. He has conducted research and has been published in the areas of menopause, infertility, assisted reproductive technologies and andrology, and has a special interest in the management of male infertility as well as third party reproductive options. Dr. Pang was also the chief author of the 2011 revision to the Massachusetts Infertility Insurance Mandate.

Kristin N. Smith, B.S.

Kristin N. Smith, the Patient Navigator for Fertility Preservation at Northwestern University. She consults with all young, newly diagnosed oncology patients at Northwestern’s Lurie Cancer Center to help each patient understand their individual fertility risk associated with treatment as well as options for fertility preservation. Kristin N. Smith helps run the National Physician’s Cooperative of the Oncofertility Consortium by providing support across the country to providers who participate in national fertility preservation studies and also answers the national fertility hotline to triage patients for fertility preservation across the country. She has authored multiple research articles related to fertility preservation and is a widely requested lecturer on the topic.


Learning Objectives

Understanding Your Patients – Lisa Duran

  1. Identify various personality types that can cause challenges when working with patients
  2. Evaluate different methods of communicating with your co-workers and patients based on their personality types
  3. Discuss how to use new techniques when interacting with various personality types

The Tech Revolution, Social Media and Our Patients in Reproductive Endocrinology – Hannah Johnson BS and Griffin Jones BS

  1. Identify new ways to communicate with your patients through social media
  2. Identify the pitfalls of using social media with your patients

Managing Change: Judger or Perceiver? - Lisa Duran

  1. Discuss the different ways people handle change
  2. Identify the challenges when dealing with those patients that have a hard time dealing with change
  3. Evaluate methods to individualize treatment for those patients

The Myth of Anonymity: Are We Misleading Our Patients Considering Third Party Options? – Andrea M. Braverman Ph.D. and Susan L. Crockin, Esq***

  1. Assess psychological consequences associated with third party anonymity
  2. Summarize patient concerns regarding third party anonymity

The Risks and Benefits of Third Party Reproduction – Andrea M. Braverman, PhD; Angela K. Lawson, PhD; Alice Domar, PhD; and Lyn Jacobson, LCSW***

  1. Evaluate the risks and benefits of mental health professionals working within the context of third party reproduction
  2. Describe strategies to best manage potential risks for mental health providers working with patients, health care teams and companies involved in third party reproduction
  3. Implement assessment approaches to mental health concerns with both patients and third parties

The Fine Line Between Living and Dying: Fertility Preservation Counseling in Patients with Poor Cancer Prognosis – Kristin N. Smith, BS with Case Consultation with Angela K. Lawson, Ph.D.***

  1. Describe psychological concerns among patients with a poor medical prognosis related to their cancer diagnosis.
  2. Identify new concepts and techniques for counseling a patient who has poor medical prognosis related to their cancer diagnosis.

Counseling of LGBTQI Fertility Patients – Samuel Pang, MD. Medical Director IVF New England***

  1. Describe psychosocial issues among LGBTQI patients in the fertility setting.
  2. Implement effective counseling of LGBTQI patients into fertility practices

The Forgotten Patient: The Emotional Burden of Male Infertility Patients – Angela K. Lawson, PhD***

  1. Identify the differences in counseling a male patient vs. a female patient with fertility concerns
  2. Describe evidenced based approaches to counseling male infertility patients.

Healthy Women, Healthy Babies: Maximizing Overall Health to Improve Fertility Outcomes – Alice Domar, PhD***

  1. Discuss concepts, techniques and overall treatment approaches to maximize fertility outcomes in patients
  2. Identify ways to improve mental health outcomes in fertility patients