Expanding Reproductive Autonomy and Contraceptive Access

Beyond the Pill is working to transform contraceptive care by bringing our evidence-based training on contraception to health care providers and educators throughout the US. These trainings focus on best practices and help patients access the full range of birth control methods, while respecting their autonomy in reproductive health decisions.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we now offer live, interactive virtual trainings. Led by expert trainers and clinicians, this CME-accredited training is usually offered at no cost and tailored to clinic and participant needs. For more information or to schedule a training, contact Erica Somerson, Training Coordinator, at [email protected].

Key features of on-site training

  • CME-accredited – clinicians can earn up to 7.5 credit hours toward CME and CE requirements.
  • All staff approach – trainings have the greatest impact when all staff participate (clinicians, educators, managers, front desk, billing, outreach staff, etc.).
  • Customized to the needs of each group.
  • Training costs subsidized or waived for eligible organizations.
  • Evaluation to measure training quality and impact.
  • Trainings designed for single clinics, groups of clinics, or regional networks of providers and referral agencies.

Two providers talking at a Beyond the Pill training

On-site training curriculum

The core curriculum of our on-site training includes a general session for all staff, followed by separate practica for health educators and clinicians.

All staff session

  • Updated information on contraceptive methods, including the latest science and professional recommendations.
  • Discussion on ethical guidelines for contraceptive provision, including review of reproductive justice, implicit bias, and cultural humility.
  • Brainstorming of barriers to provision and strategies to streamline access.

Health education practicum

  • A patient-centered counseling skills and techniques and role-playing session for trainees allows time to refine counseling approaches and practice responding to common client concerns about contraception.
  • Designed for health educators, counselors, clinicians, social workers, and administrative staff.

Clinician practicum

  • Hands-on insertion technique practicum allows participants to gain or refine their skills placing different IUD models.
  • Designed for clinicians (MD, DO, NP, PA, CNM).

Advanced counseling practicum

In this interactive training, participants explore in depth the principles of patient-centered counseling, learn how to offer non-judgmental counseling in challenging, real-world situations, and examine the impacts of implicit bias on clinical outcomes and reproductive autonomy. Additionally, we review strategies for presenting scientific data (about risks, benefits, and side effects) using a patient-centered approach. While this training is designed mainly for those who provide contraceptive counseling and care, anyone who talks with patients may be interested, and the skills developed in this training are applicable well beyond contraceptive care. (2 to 4 credit hours, as requested)

Learning objectives:

  • Facilitate a deeper understanding of key concepts in Implicit Bias and Reproductive Justice.

  • Incorporate self-reflection and other strategies to improve clinical care.

  • Practice techniques to present scientific data with clarity, using a patient-centered approach.

  • Learn and practice how to address challenging scenarios in contraceptive counseling.


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

Award-winning training on contraceptives, highlighting IUDs and implants