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Recorded on Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Presented by Dr. Laura M. Schmuldt

When attended in full, offers 1.0 CEs for Psychologists, 1.0 IL CEUs for Social Workers, or 1.0 BBS CEUs for Counselors and Social Workers.

Workshop Description:

With the recent Supreme Court decision removing abortion as a protected right and turning it to state legislatures, the topic of abortion is, at once, both ascendant in discourse and a topic of angst for many. Numerous women who have experienced abortion or contemplated it find that mental health concerns transcend the passionate debate between the two sides.

This session will explore the relationship between mental health and abortion, paying particular attention to the role stigma plays in mental health sequela. Tips for working with both men and women prior to and following an abortion will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this intermediate level program, participants will be able to: 

  1. Describe the impact of stigma prior to abortion as it relates tomental health factors following abortion.

Program Standards and Goals:

This program meets APA’s continuing education Standard 1.1: Program content focuses on application of psychological assessment and/or intervention methods that have overall consistent and credible empirical support in the contemporary peer reviewed scientific literature beyond those publications and other types of communications devoted primarily to the promotion of the approach

This program meets APA’s continuing education Goal 3: Program will allow psychologists to maintain, develop, and increase competencies in order to improve services to the public and enhance contributions to the profession

Presenter Biography:

Laura M. Schmuldt, Ph.D.: Dr. Laura M. Schmuldt is an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling at the University of the Cumberlands and a trauma therapist at a substance abuse facility. Her research on the topic of abortion and mental health has resulted in numerous presentations at the state and national levels.


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Reardon, D. C. (2012). Lack of pregnancy loss history mars depression study. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 2(126), 155-155.

Reardon, D. C. (2015a). Postpartum mental health study flawed by fetal loss omission. Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care, 33(4), 318-319.

Reardon, D. C. (2018). The abortion and mental health controversy: A comprehensive literature review of common ground agreements, disagreements, actionable recommendations, and research opportunities. SAGE Open Medicine.

Steinberg, J. R., Tschann, J. M., Furgerson, D., & Harper, C. C. (2016). Psychosocial factors and pre-abortion psychological health: The significance of stigma. Social science & medicine, 150, 67-75.

Workshop Pricing:

General Admission: $30

Continuing Education:

Target Audience: All mental health disciplines.

Psychologists. This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 1.0 continuing education credits. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to [email protected] There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest.

Social Workers. This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 1.0 hours of continuing education. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is licensed by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to provide continuing education programming for social workers. License Number: 159.001036

MFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs. Course meets the qualifications for 1.0 hour of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. If you are licensed outside of California please check with your local licensing agency to to determine if they will accept these CEUs. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) to offer continuing education programming for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is an accredited or approved postsecondary institution that meets the requirements set forth in Sections 4980.54(f)(1), 4989.34, 4996.22(d)(1), or 4999.76(d) of the Code.

Participation Certificate. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is able to provide students and other participants who simply wish to have documentation of their attendance at the program a participation certificate.

Non Psychologists. Most licensing boards accept Continuing Education Credits sponsored by the American Psychological Association but non-psychologists are recommended to consult with their specific state-licensing board to ensure that APA-sponsored CE is acceptable.

*Participants must attend 100% of the program in order to obtain a Certificate of Attendance.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.