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Schedule a Training

Our CME/CE-accredited live training program, Beyond the Pill: Expanding Reproductive Autonomy and Contraceptive Access, includes daylong trainings, half-day sessions, and targeted workshops. These trainings are free for eligible sites and providers, interactive, and geared toward an all-staff approach.  

All trainings are available in both virtual and in-person settings. 

Most trainings are designed for health clinics, organizations, and professional networks. To schedule a training for your organization, contact Erica Somerson, Manager, Training & Technical Assistance, at [email protected]

Occasionally, we offer trainings for individual health care professionals. To register as an individual, visit our Upcoming Trainings page. 

Trainings have the greatest impact when all staff can participate (clinicians, educators, counselors, administrators, front desk, billing, outreach staff, etc.).

Our Curriculum

We offer training on a wide range of contraceptive care topics that may be presented as standalone sessions or combined to meet the individual needs of your organization. 

An Evidence-Based Training on Contraceptive Care

Updates, Guidelines & Best Practices
For all clinic staff
 
Reviews evidence-based guidelines for providing contraceptive care, utilizing counseling approaches designed to support patients in making informed and voluntary choices. We review patient eligibility, compare and contrast side effects and benefits, and discuss common misconceptions. This training can focus on IUDs and Implants or address the full range of contraceptive methods

 

Contraceptive Counseling Fundamentals
For staff who provide contraceptive counseling
 
Focuses on patient-centered counseling techniques, shared decision-making, and common contraceptive priorities. Through interactive case studies, participants will become more comfortable responding to common patient concerns around birth control and counseling on side effects using a patient-centered framework.

 

Clinical Skills Practicum
For clinicians
 
Reviews medical eligibility for IUDs as well as pain management, patient follow-up, challenging placements and removals, and proctoring considerations. Participants will gain hands-on practice with placement and removal of all FDA-approved intrauterine devices, with individualized support from an expert trainer.
 
This session is also offered in a personalized, virtual format for 1-2 learners. Learn more.

 

An Update on Emergency Contraception

An Update on Emergency Contraception
For all staff who provide emergency contraception counseling
 
In this 1-hour specialized training, participants will explore best practices and new developments in the provision of emergency contraception. Topics include: dispelling common myths, mechanisms of action, the role of BMI and weight, and safety and side effects. We will also discuss the resumption or initiation of hormonal contraception after the use of emergency contraceptive pills (ECP), the evidence supporting advanced provision of ECP, and the use of the LNG IUD for emergency contraception.
 

 

Practical and Sustainable Steps for Addressing Bias & Patient Concerns in Contraceptive Care

Reproductive Coercion, Justice & Implications for Care
For all staff
 
This session explores the history of coercive contraceptive practices in the US as well as key principles of the Reproductive Justice movement. Participants will discuss strategies for applying these principles to patient encounters and review counseling practices and clinic policies that uphold patient autonomy.

 

Implicit Bias and Cultural Humility
For all staff
 
This session explores implicit bias and how applying the principles of cultural humility can improve the quality of contraceptive care. Through guided exercises and self-reflection, participants practice strategies and techniques to improve clinical outcomes and the patient experience.

 

Sharing the Science: Applying Shared Decision-Making in Contraceptive Care
For all staff who provide contraceptive counseling or education
 
This workshop provides an opportunity for learners to discuss the role of shared decision-making in contraceptive counseling. Participants will practice sharing scientific information within this framework review and discuss case studies, and practice offering non-judgmental, patient-centered counseling in common, challenging real-world scenarios, Cases include encounters with patients who have concerns about weight gain, breakthrough bleeding, as well as patients with complex feelings around pregnancy.

Virtual IUD Practicum 

Sign up for our virtual IUD practicum and receive hands-on training in a one-on-one or small group setting. 

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine Office of Continuing Medical Education.