Psychological & Ethical Implications of MPEs (CE Course)
This introductory course provides an overview of assisted conception and explores the psychological and ethical implications for people experiencing misattributed parentage through the lens of people conceived through assisted conception. We will review the history, information, and research pertaining to assisted conception to provide a basis for understanding the themes surrounding misattributed parentage. We will then identify the fifteen themes surrounding misattributed parentage experiences. Next, we review common psychological concerns of people with an MPE: complicated grief, complex PTSD, attachment issues, identity & existential confusion, family secrecy, depression, and anxiety. These diagnoses lead to an overview of possible treatment modalities. There are many ethical concerns surrounding donor conception, surrogacy, adoption, and other MPE experiences. We identify these ethical implications. Having an understating of the psychological and ethical implications of MPEs will assist practitioners in better serving these clients.
This course is taught by Lynne W. Spencer, MA, LLP, RN.
- Review of the history and language of people conceived through assisted conception techniques
- Outline of psychological concerns and diagnoses for people with an MPE
- Overview of treatment modalities for people with an MPE people
- Illustrate ethical and advocacy considerations for people conceived through assisted conception
- Themes of MPEs and Donor-Conceived People (DCP)
- Psychological and ethical implications for people experiencing misattributed parentage