Counseling the postabortion
Training for service providers
AVSC's draft training guide
for postabortion care providers was developed based on a review of postabortion
counseling literature and on a needs assessment conducted in Indonesia
and Colombia. In our exploration of existing postabortion counseling materials,
we found that attention was focused almost entirely on the provision of
family planning information and methods. During observations of services
and interviews with postabortion clients and providers, we identified
unmet needs for broader information and for emotional support and improved
communication between providers and clients. In response to those needs,
we developed a guide that examines the comprehensive counseling needs
of postabortion clients.
This training is designed for
all providers who interact with clients immediately before, during, and
immediately after the treatment procedureincluding doctors, nurses,
midwives, and others. Rather than full-fledged and traditional counseling
models, this approach presents counseling as the continuous provision
of support, two-way communication, and attention to the emotional and
informational needs of the postabortion client.
Prior to its draft publication,
this training was field-tested twice in Indonesia, with extensive revisions
made after each test.
To order a copy of this training
guide, either print out and mail our order form or e-mail your request to PAC@avsc.org.
We request that you provide us with any comments, suggestions, or other
feedback following your use of the training guide, so that we may make
further adaptations for final publication (the trainer's guide includes
observation forms for trainers, participants, and observers).
Please send any other questions
or ideas regarding this training guide to PAC@avsc.org.
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