Putting the QFP into Practice Series: STD Services in the Family Planning Setting-Assessment, Counseling and Education

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Click here for a direct link to a recording of this webinar

Once you have viewed the webinar, click here to complete a brief evaluation and request a Certificate of Completion

About the Webinar:

"The need for STD services, including HIV/AIDS testing, should be considered at every visit. Many clients requesting contraceptive services also might meet the criteria for being at risk of one or more STDs." - Providing Quality Family Planning Services Recommendations, 2014

The QFP advises family planning providers to consider the need for STD services for all clients, including those without an STD-related “reason for the visit.” How do you assess a particular client’s need for STD services? How do you then use what you’ve learned from the assessment to inform your counseling and education approach? This fourth session of the Putting the QFP into Practice Series outlines the steps for conducting a comprehensive sexual health assessment, along with strategies for providing quality client-centered counseling and education to help clients reduce their risk for STDs. The webinar will include case study demonstrations of assessment, counseling and education approaches and skills.

Who Should Attend

Designed for counselors, health educators, medical assistants, nurses, advanced practice clinicians, clinic managers, administrators, and other staff who work with clients in family planning settings.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the five steps in conducting a sexual health assessment
  • Identify techniques for delivering high intensity behavioral counseling
  • List specific considerations for client-centered counseling with diverse populations


Anna Alston, MSN, ARNP, has been in clinical practice as a nurse practitioner for 15 years. In her current role as the Assistant Director of Health Services with Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaii (PPGNHI), she co-manages a clinical staff of 60+ providers. She serves as a clinical expert and resource for clinicians within PPGNHI, and works collaboratively as a member of the Clinical Services Administrative and Medical Leadership teams. She is responsible for the training and supervision of licensed staff, and also provides direct patient care. 

Registration and Fees: This webinar was free of charge

There was no fee for a certificate of participation.

Continuing Nursing Education credits were only available for the live webinar. You cannot receive CNE for the archived webinar.


Contact the Family Planning National Training Center for Service Delivery at 206-447-9538 or seattle@cardeaservices.org

About the Series

For many staff it can be challenging to address the range of potential health needs a client may have during a given clinic visit. With the Providing Quality Family Planning Recommendations (QFP), we now have clear and evidence-based guidance on how to:

  1. Determine a client's need for a range of services and their reproductive life plan
  2. Provide counseling on contraception, pregnancy testing, achieving pregnancy and basic infertility, sexually transmitted infections, preconception health, related preventive health and referrals

This six-part training series will help you put the QFP recommendations into practice.


FPNTC is supported by the Office of Population Affairs of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The information presented does not necessarily represent the views of OPA, DHHS, or FPNTC member organizations.


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