At a Glance...
- NFP Method: CMM (Creighton Model FertilityCare System)
- Will travel to train teachers
Note: Accredited by the American Academy of FertilityCare Professionals (AAFCP). Although this program has not formally applied for Approval according to the Standards for Diocesan NFP Ministry, NFP teacher training programs that meet the AAFCP's standards also meet those of the Standards for Diocesan NFP Ministry. Differences between AAFCP education programs may include members of the faculty and how Catholic teaching is integrated into the curriculum.
4000 St. Joseph Place NW
Lourdes Hall #130
Albuquerque, NM 87120
A. Instruction Time
Education Phase I: Eight-day course.
Supervised Practicum I: Six months.
Education Phase II: Six-day course.
Supervised Practicum II: Seven months, including on-site evaluation by a Certified FertilityCare™ Educator.
B. Teaching Format
Education Phases I and II include lectures with slides, handouts, clinical group sessions, group and individual study, and exams. Upon successful completion of Education Phase I and II (75% test score or greater), the teacher intern advances to the Supervised Practica Phases. Supervised Practica I and II are structured faculty-supervised experiences, which involve evaluation of the intern's teaching of a client couple, presentation of an introductory session, review of the teaching facilities, and all client cases. All criteria for completing the Supervised Practica must be met in order for the intern to be advanced to the next educational phase, on-site visit, or final exam. The final examination is administered by a professional proctor and taken by all qualified interns on predetermined days and hours, throughout the world, four times a year. The exam includes multiple-choice, written, and tape-recorded forms of evaluation. A minimum grade of 75% in all content areas of the exam is required.
Interns are closely supervised through all aspects of teaching the system during the two supervised practica, assignments, and case reviews of all couples. Scheduled phone calls are made to the supervisor every month to monitor students' progress and provide opportunities for questions.
Supervised Practicum I (6 months): This clinical experience begins immediately following Education Phase I. It is designed to develop the basic teaching skills of the FertilityCareTM System, learned during EP-I.
Supervised Practicum II (7 months): This second clinical experience is designed to develop the advanced teaching skills necessary for teaching the FertilityCareTM System, learned during EP-I, SP-I, and EP-II. Supervised Practicum II is a time for maturing, refining, activating, and perfecting the student's advanced teaching skills. This is a time when interns learn to integrate their skills and knowledge. Interns are expected to develop skills in advanced case management, advanced chart reading and correcting, the conduct of pregnancy evaluations, developing the advanced business aspects, and the management of advanced behavioral issues. Included in this practicum is an on-site visit by the intern's faculty supervisor.
Once the intern qualifies for and passes the final examination (75% or greater), the new Practitioner receives a certificate of completion and can use the title "FertilityCareTM Practitioner" (FCP). After an additional field service year and the teaching of 10 new clients, the FCP is eligible to apply for professional certification by the American Academy of FertilityCareTM Professionals (AAFCP). Certification requires a complete case list, continuing education, and the review of one client case by a Certified FertilityCareTM Educator or Supervisor on the AAFCP Certification Commission. Recertification is required every four years.
Angelique N. Garcia, BSE, CFCE
St. Joseph FertilityCareTM Practitioner Education Program uses only the most recent, updated Curriculum and teaching materials available from the PPVI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction, and the FertilityCareTM Centers of America (FCCA). Interns are asked to complete evaluation forms for each educational phase and supervised practicum. These evaluations are used to ensure program quality and student satisfaction. Continuing education units are available for nurses. Off-site programs are conducted for sponsoring agencies or organizations willing to host the program and sponsor interns outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico, or the United States.
St. Joseph FertilityCareTM Practitioner Education Program is based in Albuquerque, NM, serving the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, but also conducts practitioner trainings internationally in cooperation with FertilityCareTM Centers International (FCCI), and FertilityCareTM Centers of Europe (FCCE). The St. Joseph program has conducted trainings in Mexico, Ireland, England, France, Austria, Spain, Portugal & Hong Kong.