Termination of Pregnancy for Medical Reasons: A Unique Grief

ID: 5123WEB

Terminating a pregnancy due to fetal anomaly (TOPFA) during or after the second trimester of pregnancy may present as both an immediate and existential crisis for expectant parents. This presentation explores the unique bereavement of people who TOPFA as compared with other perinatal losses and provides an introduction to the population itself and the unique factors leading them to seek therapy. While TOPFA has been explored in qualitative research, there are few practice-based articles addressing both the nuts and bolts of therapeutic intervention as well as how to approach people’s attempts to grieve and mourn this loss. Successful, sensitive, and informed therapeutic interventions rooted in theoretical perspectives including continuing bonds and ambiguous loss may result in making meaning from their grief.

This presentation will apply theory to practice by introducing a model in which to conduct therapy entitled ACCEPT, and illustrate the intervention through the experience of a composite patient. In the future, a Part 2 webinar will be provided to explore the DOUBLE RAINBOW approach to clients who are subsequently pregnant after TOPFA.

Fee: $60.00
Continuing Ed. Hours (CEH): 3.00 Clinical


Instructor: Erica Goldblatt Hyatt, DSW, MCSW, MBE
Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2022
Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm ET
Location: Zoom (Interactive Webinar)
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Webinar Objectives

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:
• Understand the unique presentation of people who present to therapy following termination of pregnancy due to fetal anomaly and reasons why they have been historically underserved
• Appreciate the multiple presentations and factors influencing grief in patients who have terminated a pregnancy for fetal anomaly
• Apply the ACCEPT intervention to support bereavement work in a sample case study of a patient who terminated a pregnancy for fetal anomaly

Webinar Outline

9:30 am Welcome/Introduction

9:35 am An Introduction to the population, exploration of later abortion legislation and its impact on abortion access across the country.

10:05 am Main content and exploration/application of the ACCEPT model.

12:05 pm Participant Q&A

12:20 pm Conclusion

Target Audience

Social Workers and Allied Health Professionals

Content Level

Beginner - Advanced

Webinar Completion Requirements

To earn CE credit, social workers must log in at the scheduled time, attend the entire course and complete an online course evaluation. Certificates of completion will be emailed within 10 business days of course completion.

System Requirements

  • Operating Systems: Windows XP or higher, MacOS 9 or higher, Android 4.0 or higher
  • Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher, Google Chrome, Firefox 10.0 or higher
  • Broadband Internet connection: Cable, High-speed DSL & any other medium that is internet accessible.

About the Instructor

Dr. Erica Goldblatt Hyatt is an administrator, clinician, and author with a special focus on reproductive justice and injustice, particularly as it impacts individuals who experience fetal anomaly and later abortion. Dr. Goldblatt Hyatt’s published “ACCEPT” and “DOUBLE RAINBOW” (with Judith McCoyd, PhD, LCSW) approaches are the sole interventions available for social workers working with clients who have made the heartbreaking choice to end a wanted pregnancy. A clinician-activist-scholar, Dr. Goldblatt Hyatt has been featured in advertisements by Planned Parenthood and repeatedly welcomed at press conferences with Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Attorney General Josh Shapiro. Dr. Goldblatt Hyatt is currently the Assistant Director of the Doctorate of Social Work at Rutgers University and a clinician in private practice.

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