Understanding and Supporting Clients After Abortions



Understanding and Supporting Clients After Abortions

Thursday, January 9th, 2025

1:00pm to 4:00pm ET


Presenter: Rachel L. Dyer, MS

NASW-NYS Members: $45

NASW Other Chapter Member (Including NYC): $75

Non-Members: $90

NASW-NYS Student and Transitional Members: FREE

This workshop is approved for 3.0 continuing education credit hours for licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists and licensed psychologists

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Workshop Description
This training will provide social workers with foundational information about working with clients who have had abortions. The presenter will describe the myths and facts about the relationships between abortions, mental health, and emotions, as well as explain a framework through which to understand clients' experiences. Attendees will also have the opportunity to reflect on their own abortion-related values, and practice identifying and vetting additional support resources for their clients.


Learning Objectives

After the completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

1.    Identify your personal abortion-related values and how they might impact your work.
2.    Define the difference between mental health (problems) and (negative) emotions.
3.    Explain what the best scientific evidence suggests about the relationship between abortions and emotions.
4.    Demonstrate identifying and vetting a possible after-abortion support resource for clients.

This workshop is approved for 3.0 continuing education credit hours.

NASW-NYS is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers (Provider ID #0014), licensed mental health counselors (Provider ID #MHC-0053), licensed marriage and family therapists (Provider ID #MFT-0037) and licensed psychologists (Provider ID #PSY-0088).

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Rachel L. Dyer, MS (she/her) is a pro-abortion scholar-clinician-activist working at the intersection of abortion and mental health. Trained as a researcher and psychotherapist, Rachel focuses on how dominant sociocultural narratives impact pregnancy and family-building desires, decisions, and experiences, and how mental health and other care providers can support patients around these experiences. Rachel will be graduating with her PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in August 2024 and will subsequently begin a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Psychology position at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. From 2021-2023, Rachel served as the Executive Director of Exhale Pro-Voice, a nonprofit organization providing nonjudgmental support to people after their abortions. Under her leadership, Exhale Pro-Voice proudly took an explicit abortion-positive stance, clearly grounded in research evidence, and cultivated strong partnerships with the mental health community, including organizations like Postpartum Support International.

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January 9th, 2025 from  1:00 PM to  4:00 PM
Event Fee(s)
NASW-NYS Member $45.00
NASW Other Chapter Member (Including NYC) $75.00
Non-Member $90.00
NASW-NYS Student and Transitional Member $0.00
Information for Certificates
Presenter(s) Rachel L. Dyer, MS
Instruction Method Live Webinar
Total Contact Hours/CEUs Awarded 3.0