Quality Contraceptive Counseling and Education: A Client-Centered Conversation

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Resource Description: 


This five-lesson course will prepare you to provide quality, client-centered contraceptive counseling and education. It will help you to meet the unique needs of each of your clients, even during brief visits. Explore the key skills and best practices presented in each interactive lesson. There are many useful videotaped examples of quality counseling. You can also download helpful job aids and other new resources relevant to your practice.

Register now and begin with Lesson 1, as completing the lessons in order helps to build knowledge and skills learned from the previous lesson.  

     Lesson 1: Foundations for Counseling and Education

     Lesson 2: Building Rapport and Communication Skills

     Lesson 3: Quality Education Strategies

     Lesson 4: Interactive Client-Centered Decision Making

     Lesson 5: Confirming Understanding and Supporting a Plan

It takes about 2.5 hours to complete all five lessons.                     



This course is for anyone who provides contraceptive counseling and education including educators, counselors, medical assistants, physicians, advanced practice clinicians and nurses.

Note: We will use the term “counselor” throughout the course, to refer to anyone who performs tasks related to counseling and education with clients.


To Get the Most Out of This Course:

This course has been designed for learners who already have basic knowledge about the characteristics of all contraceptive methods. If you would like to review basic facts about the different contraceptive methods, take the Family Planning Basics course first or refer to the Explaining Contraception job aids.



The tools and courses below make a great training package for all clinical staff who want to receive updated information on contraceptives as well as opportunities to improve their counseling skills.

Step 1: Understand the basics of family planning, contraception, and counseling & education

  • -  Family Planning Basics: a 5-lesson eLearning course on family planning/Title X, reproductive anatomy, contraceptives, sexuality and STDs
  • -  Explaining Contraception: training tools that give a 1-page overview of each available contraceptive method
  • -  Birth Control Options Chart, a 1-page job aid that compares characteristics clients may consider when choosing a method

Step 2: Learn the principles, strategies, and skills of quality contraceptive counseling

Step 3: Practice and continue to improve your skills


Continuing Education:

You can request a Certificate of Completion at no charge after responding to an online evaluation. A $12 fee will be charged for a continuing education (CE) certificate. 

Upon successful completion of this CE activity 2.5 contact hour(s) will be awarded. This activity was originally released on 12/20/16 and is available for continuing education until 12/19/18. Successful completion of this continuing nursing education activity includes the following:

  • - Completing the entire CE activity (five online modules)
  • - Completing the online evaluation
  • - Submitting an online CE Request

Cardea Services (PA-23/Dec/18) is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Washington State Nurses Association Approver of Continuing Nursing Education (A-CNE) an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.



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, HHS, or FPNTC member organizations.



If you have questions about this course, please contact Cardea Services at 512.982.9956 or austin@cardeaservices.org



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