Training on Contraceptives, Including IUDs & Implants
Beyond the Pill has successfully trained thousands of health care providers in various settings, including community clinics, school health centers, hospitals, agencies with multiple clinic sites, and peer education groups. Our training program is a proven way to increase provider knowledge and skills for IUDs and implants and improve patient access to the full range of contraceptives. More than 2.1 million contraceptive clients each year benefit from our training (map).
Key features & innovations
Several aspects of our training set us apart:
- Our curriculum is scientifically tested in a randomized trial and has been shown to help family planning clients reduce unintended pregnancy.
- Extensive training experience: more than 6,500 staff trained in diverse clinical and educational settings throughout the US.
- Emphasis on patient-centered counseling and promoting reproductive autonomy. Our training helps clinic sites consider how to improve access to IUDs and implants without simultaneously engaging in practices that may inadvertently undermine patient autonomy.
- Focused technical assistance to promote awareness of and access to the full range of contraceptive methods, including IUDs and implants, through curriculum development, support of educational and outreach activities, strengthening of referral networks, and reduction of logistical barriers to service provision.
- Appropriate for all types of providers, including clinicians, educators, front desk, and billing staff to optimize systems-change at all levels.
- Training costs subsidized or waived for eligible organizations.
- Partnerships with large provider organizations, including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, American College of Obstetricians, Cardea, and Bedsider.
- High-quality evaluation of training.
Benefits for health staff
Stay up-to-date with the latest science and professional recommendations.
Develop new counseling and clinical skills.
Provide patients with accurate and comprehensive information to meet their reproductive and sexual health needs.
Offer great preventive care and promote equitable access to the full range of contraceptive methods.
Access to multiple educational tools and resources
Our training curriculum was developed by a multidisciplinary team of clinicians, educators, national contraceptive experts, and researchers at the UCSF School of Medicine, National Clinical Training Center, and Planned Parenthood and was tested in a randomized trial. The curriculum is regularly updated and informed by guidelines from trusted medical and professional organizations including:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) US Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraception (2016) and news and updates
- RH Access Project quick reference guide to the US Medical Eligibility Criteria (2014)
- American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Long-Acting Reversible Contraception: Implants and Intrauterine Devices (2017)
- ACOG Committee Opinion: Adolescents and Long-Acting Reversible Contraception: Implants and Intrauterine Devices (2018)
- Committee on Adolescent Health Care: Counseling Adolescents About Contraception (2017)
Pioneering new approaches
We are continually working to develop and test new approaches to promoting access, equity, and excellence in reproductive health care. Current areas of innovation include:
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.