Centering Ethics & Autonomy in Pregnancy Options Counseling


This interactive workshop focuses on the skills, tools, and information a frontline service provider needs to effectively counsel a person experiencing an unintended pregnancy and refer them for prenatal care, adoption, or abortion, while prioritizing patient autonomy and professional ethics.

Target Audience

Anyone who works directly with clients and patients including, but not limited to:

  • Nurses
  • Social workers
  • Case workers
  • Advocates
  • Peer support specialists
  • Hotline volunteers
  • Behavioral health professionals
  • People who work in the following systems of care: domestic violence and sexual assault support services, substance use treatment, HIV/AIDS service organizations, and primary care

Learning Objectives

By the end of this training participants will:

  • have learned how common unintended pregnancy is in the US;
  • understand that conversations around pregnancy can be nuanced and that this might impact the provider’s ability to respond appropriately to client needs;
  • be able to name and describe basic pregnancy options counseling techniques;
  • have had a chance to practice having an options counseling conversation, giving and receiving feedback;
  • be able to name the pregnancy options and important case management recommendations; and
  • learn how to use Provide’s Abortion Referrals Tool and Pregnancy Referrals Toolkit to strengthen their ability to support the people they serve.

Available Continuing Education Units


“The training helped me understand that I needed to slow down, listen, and be more empathetic and understanding. We have about 15 minutes with each client; we are rushed. I think more than anything else, the training helped me understand how important it is to give her time to let her process as much as she can within the limited time we have in clinic, and to give her all the options she has in an unbiased manner.”

Public Health Nurse, Virginia

We’re particularly committed to service providers working in the highest-need parts of the country. We offer on-site training in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Combined with our tailored technical assistance and virtual training options, on-site trainings help to ensure a long-lasting partnership that supports quality, comprehensive care within your setting.

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