Frequently asked questions about our Referrals Training and curriculum

Provide offers professional development training, including free CEUs, for health and social service providers on non-directive pregnancy options counseling and how to give accurate, informed, and non-judgmental referrals for unintended pregnancy.

Health and social service providers (physicians, nurses, counselors, advocates, case managers, social workers) often serve as a critical link to helping women obtain quality, compassionate care for a range of health care needs, including reproductive healthcare. To make effective referrals for various kinds of client and patient needs, you must manage a considerable amount of knowledge and skill. Provide’s Referrals Training will give you the tools necessary to better and more quickly navigate these complex discussions, resulting in the provision of higher quality client-centered care.

Our training model rests on the knowledge that it takes a team of dedicated, informed professionals to care for clients and patients. Provide works closely with workplaces to customize our training to your needs. Our approach is efficient and flexible, with options such as a full-day, on-site team training; a half-day, on-site team training; or a tailored on-site training that works for your organization, affiliates, and area partners. Trainings are appropriate for health administration (management and non-management), social workers, counselors/case workers, client educators/advocates, physicians, advanced practice clinicians, registered nurses, medical assistants, office/clinical staff, and others.

All trainings are FREE, and we don’t charge fees for technical assistance or CEUs.

Yes. Provide trainings have been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) and Provide, Inc. ARHP is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. ARHP designates this activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. ARHP is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 16643, to provide nursing continuing education credits. This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hours.

We offer the following training modules to help you and your staff counsel women with unintended pregnancy and to refer them to high quality reproductive healthcare options:

Why Refer: Examining Personal & Professional Norms

This module trains frontline providers to effectively:

  • Navigate emotions that arise around personal beliefs and professional obligations
  • Cultivate a sense of comfort and professional pride in referrals
  • Honor client autonomy


How to Refer: Barriers Women Face & How to Make a Thorough Referral

This module trains frontline providers to effectively:

  • Provide a thorough referral using best practices
  • Tailor referrals to address unique circumstances and barriers faced by patients or clients
  • Screen patients or clients for barriers to accessing unintended pregnancy care
  • Experience pride in connecting patients or clients to services


What: Special Topics in Reproductive Health Referral-Making

This module trains frontline providers to effectively:

  • Serve as an informed resource on specialized reproductive healthcare, including unintended pregnancy and abortion
  • Offer empathy to patients or clients when making referrals, even if individual beliefs conflict with the referral


Pregnancy Options Counseling: Preparing to Be a Reflective Resource

This module trains frontline providers to effectively:

  • Use reflective listening with patients or clients who are ambivalent about an unintended pregnancy
  • Consult knowledgeably on parenting, abortion, and adoption resources in the community


Respect & Continuity of Care: Ensuring Mutual Respect & Support for Referral-Making

This module trains frontline providers to effectively:

  • Manage peer interactions around patient or client needs
  • Foster a positive work environment grounded in patient- and client-centered care

Who: Meeting Specialized Service Providers

This module trains frontline providers to effectively:

  • Locate specialized services in the community
  • Get to know specialized service providers

In addition to on-site trainings, Provide’s state teams offer ongoing follow up and support through our Technical Assistance Program, ensuring a long-lasting partnership that supports quality and comprehensive care within your setting.

We’re currently active in 10 states (Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee), with special partnerships in additional states. Don’t see your state listed? Contact us about remote training opportunities!

No. We are a national nonprofit health organization that works in partnership with health and social service providers to build a health system that is equipped to respond to women’s health care needs around unintended pregnancy. We envision a healthcare system that cares for the whole person and meets needs with dignity and respect, and where workers have the tools and support to offer the best care to their clients. We’re invested in increasing access to care, reducing health inequity, and combating stigma and barriers in health care delivery. We don’t participate in political advocacy of any kind.

We’ll bring a laptop, projector (if needed), and power strip. All your site needs is an extension cord and electrical outlets.

Submit a Referrals Training Quiz, and one of our State Coordinators will follow up with you within three business days.