Virtual Training & Webinars

To support our communities’ continued need for contraceptive training, particularly in a time where providers and patients face unprecedented barriers to care, we now offer live, interactive virtual trainings and webinars, including telehealth and COVID-19 specific guidance.

For more information or to schedule a training, contact Erica Somerson, Training Coordinator, at [email protected]. Resources on contraceptive care during COVID-19 are available here.
We are incredibly grateful to all frontline workers who continue to support their communities and patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. During this challenging time, Beyond the Pill remains committed to promoting access and equity in contraceptive care.

Key features of virtual training

  • Free for eligible sites
  • CME/CE-accredited
  • Interactive – we use group discussion, live Q & A, interactive clinical case studies, and other techniques to provide an engaging experience.
  • Trainings available for community clinics including FQHCs, school-based health centers, health departments, family planning clinics, abortion health centers, and non-profit organizations.
  • All staff approach – trainings have the greatest impact when all staff participate (clinicians, educators, counselors, administration, front desk, billing, outreach staff, etc.).

Virtual training curriculum

Our CME-accredited training course, Beyond the Pill: Expanding Reproductive Autonomy and Contraceptive Access, includes the following sessions, which can be adapted into day-long trainings, half-day sessions, or webinars, depending on sites’ needs and interests.
NEW! Emergency Contraception Update
  • We will review best practices and new developments in the provision of emergency contraception. Topics include dispelling myths, mechanisms of action, the role of BMI and weight, safety and side effects, and best practices.
  • We will also discuss the resumption or initiation of hormonal contraception after the use of emergency contraceptive pills (ECP) and the evidence supporting advanced provision of ECP and the use of the LNG-IUD for emergency contraception.
An Evidence-Based Training on Contraceptive Care
  • Update on IUDs and Implants for all staff and clinicians, with emphasis on evidence-based guidelines and case-based learning. Includes discussion of LARC as part of the contraceptive method mix and clinical questions related to method selection, hormones, and side effects, as well as approaches to streamline access.
  • Contraceptive Counseling Fundamentals for all staff and clinicians who conduct counseling, with a focus on patient-centered approaches. Through interactive case studies, participants have the opportunity to practice counseling techniques and to become more comfortable responding to common patient concerns about contraception.
  • Clinical Practicum for clinicians, including screening for contraception methods, patient-centered tips for addressing side effects, and interactive review of complex cases.
  • Updates, Guidelines & Best Practices for all staff and clinicians. This session is designed to increase knowledge about medical eligibility criteria for the initiation of a broad range of contraceptive methods, including methods recently brought to market and includes a review of method side-effects and benefits as well as a review of best practices for contraceptive care during COVID-19. Topics also include a discussion of ethical guidelines for contraceptive care and a review of counseling approaches designed to support client autonomy in contraceptive decision-making.
Advanced Contraceptive Counseling:
Practical & Sustainable Steps for Addressing Bias & Patient Concerns
  • Cultural Humility, Implicit Bias, and Reproductive Justice 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. We also partner with Reproductive Justice (RJ) organizations to review examples of reproductive coercion, principles of RJ, and healthcare implications.
  • Sharing the Science offers strategies for presenting scientific data, using a patient-centered approach. Participants discuss case studies, including patient concerns about weight gain, breakthrough bleeding, side effects, and pregnancy ambivalence, and practice offering non-judgmental counseling in challenging, but common, real-world scenarios.