& Director's Bio
and counseling are the solutions to learning how to complete
your family and your life. I offer a warm, supportive,
interactive approach that is based on rigorous study of
issues, theories and experiences of people touched by
infertility and adoption." Joni S. Mantell, LCSW, Director of the Infertility and
Adoption Counseling Center
Way We Think
Counselors at the IAC Center are trained to help clients by using a unique lifelong short-term therapy model developed by IAC Center Director Joni Mantell, a recognized infertility and adoption specialist. Constructed from psychoanalytic, child development and adoption life cycle theories and research, this model successfully teaches people coping skills for dealing with the emotional and social issues related to infertility and adoption.
IAC Center Counselors work with people facing infertility and/or considering their family building options; pre-adoptive and adoptive parents; adopted children, teens and adults; and birth parents in groups, workshops and counseling sessions to resolve issues that may occur throughout the life cycle. The IAC Center recognizes the multiple perspectives and lifelong themes associated with building families through adoption and donor options.
Joni S. Mantell
Joni S. Mantell, LCSW, CSW, Director of IAC Center is a Psychotherapist and a recognized authority on the psychological and social aspects of infertility and adoption. She has a Masters in Social Work from The University of Pennsylvania and completed a 4-year Certification Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy at the Post-Graduate Center for Mental Health in NYC. She is particularly known for her expertise in helping people to transition from infertility to adoption; and for her capacities to integrate and to differentiate adoption, child development and other psychological issues in her understanding of each individual and family situation.
She founded the IAC Center in 2002 because she felt that people needed a place to have a safe and professionally guided discussions about infertility and adoption at multiple points in the life cycle. The IAC Center offers counseling, support groups and psych-educational workshops for families and for professionals. Joni trains and supervises all IAC Center Counselors.
Joni Mantell, LCSW is also a frequent writer, consultant, trainer and speaker; and enjoys doing original research on infertility and adoption topics. The unique combination of her psychological training, extensive clinical work with infertility patients and all members of the adoption triad; academic and research based experiences gives her particular insight into the mindset of people whose lives are touched by infertility and adoption.
Writing: Currently she writes regularly and serves as an "Ask the Expert" for Adoptive Families magazine; and is working on a book illustrating aspects of her work.
Consultant: She has developed training materials for Infertility Clinics and Adoption Agencies seeking to address the psychosocial issues that occur as a part of their work. Her trainings have been found to be beneficial for both the clients/patients and professional staffs.
For Infertility Clinics: Educational and supportive programs and strategies mindful of both the patients' and the staff's needs.
For Adoption Agencies: Assistance with the development of educational and supportive programs and strategies mindful the patients' and the staff's needs; assistance with the evaluation of individual clients, the preparation of pre-adopt clients, and services for post adopt families.
For Embryo Donation and Adoption Program: Through clinical work and a new research project, she has begun to examine the similarities and differences in adoption and donor origins with the goals of developing parent preparation and training for this new family building method that is mindful of the anticipated issues the parents and the children may have.
Speaker: Joni Mantell, LCSW has consistently been rated as an excellent, warm, connected and effective speaker.
She speaks on a variety of infertility and adoption topics; and customizes workshops and trainings for infertility clinics, adoption agencies, professional organizations, select parent support organizations, schools and business corporations.
Recent speaking engagements include: JCICS, American Academy of Adoption Attorneys; The Children's Home Society of Minnesota; The Gladney Center; Pearl S. Buck Foundation; Adoptive Parents Committee; The Fieldston School in NYC; Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; Reproductive Medicine Associates of NJ.; RESOLVE, American Fertility Association
See Workshops for a list of topics, and contact JMantellMSW@iaccenter.com directly with any speaking requests or needs for customized topics.
Research projects include:
- Original research on the Adoptive Parent Client-Agency Relationship in Adoption which she presented at the Joint Council for International Children's Services (JCICS), and did full-day trainings for the New Jersey Association of Adoption Agencies (AACNJ) and the Children's Home Society of Minnesota.
- New research on Embryo Donation and Adoption in process.
Professional Member of the Mental Health Professional Group of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, RESOLVE and The American Fertility Association. She has a new postion as Member of the American Fertility Association's Adoption Advisory Council. She held the position of Adoption Coordinator for RESOLVE NYC, NJ and the Northeast Region of Resolve over a period of 10 years.