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Title: Counseling for Family Planning


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Counseling for Family Planning
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Learning Outcomes for Study this Session
  • Adapting the counseling process
  • Characteristics and skills of family planning
    counselor.

3
Adapting the Counseling Process
  • Most providers will need to adapt the counseling
    process according to the
  • Area, culture, and physical environment they are
    working in.
  • In some service delivery settings the demand for
    services is so high that physical, staffing, and
    time constraints prevent clients from being
    counseled privately.
  • In other settings, clients actually prefer the
    group counseling situation due to cultural
    factors.

4
Adapting the Counseling Process
  • The factors that a provider always has
    responsibility for and most control over are
  • Tolerance, empathy, and supportive attitude .
  • Respect for clients .
  • Technical knowledge .
  • Use of a dynamic style of counseling which
    responds to individual client needs .
  • Belief in and knowledge that family planning
    saves lives and improves families' quality
    of life .
  • Limitations due to lack of space, staff, and
    supplies must be addressed by providers
    creatively and with the health facility staff as
    a team.
  • Cultural factors must always be taken into
    account and clients comfort levels and individual
    needs should be satisfied as much as possible by
    providers.

5
What does every user of family planning services
have the right to expect?
  • Information to understand the advantages and
    availability of family planning
  • Access to be able to obtain services, regardless
    of race, creed, social status or lifestyle
  • Choice to make decisions freely regarding family
    planning and contraceptive methods
  • Safety to practice safe and effective family
    planning
  • Privacy access to a private space for receiving
    counseling and services

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What does every user of family planning services
have the right to expect?
  • Confidentiality to be certain that any personal
    information will be kept confidential
  • Dignity to be treated with courtesy,
    consideration and complete attention
  • Comfort to feel comfortable when receiving
    services
  • Continuity to receive family planning services
    and supplies at the times when they are necessary
  • Opinion to express points of view regarding the
    services being offered

7
General principles of counseling
  • These are the important principles and conditions
    necessary for
  • effective counseling
  • Privacy find a quiet place to talk.
  • Take sufficient time.
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Conduct the discussion in a helpful atmosphere.
  • Keep it simple use words people in your village
    will understand.
  • First things first do not cause confusion by
    giving too much information.
  • Say it again repeat the most important
    instructions again and again.
  • Use available visual aids like posters and flip
    charts, etc.

8
General principles of counseling
  • General principles of counseling
  • Interact The provider listens, learns and
    responds to the client.
  • Tailor information to the client.
  • Listening to the client, the providers learn
    what information each client needs.
  • Treat each client well.
  • The provider is polite, shows respect for every
    client and creates a feeling of trust.
  • Clients need information to make informed
    choices.
  • Avoid too much information as too much
    information makes it hard to remember really
    important information.
  • Provide the method that the client wants.
  • Help the client understand and remember.

9
Skills and characteristics of a counselor
  • Once again, remind yourself of the general skills
    and characteristics you need to be a successful
    counselor.
  • What are the most important characteristics you
    should bring to your counseling role?
  • The most important characteristics are
  • Respect the dignity of others.
  • Respect the clients concerns and ideas.
  • Be non-judgmental and open.
  • Show that you are being an active listener.
  • Be empathetic and caring.
  • Be honest and sensitive.

10
Skills and characteristics of a counselor
  • What should family planning counselors be able to
    do?
  • Create a comfortable atmosphere for family
    planning users
  • Present information clearly
  • Encourage the formulation of questions
  • Listen and observe attentively
  • Be impartial or neutral
  • Ask questions in a manner that encourages clients
    to share information and
  • feelings
  • Facilitate effective counselor-user interaction
  • Speak the language of the client
  • Have respect for the values and attitudes of
    users

11
CONCLUSION
  • Family planning counselor should
  • Understand, and be sensitive to, cultural and
    psychological factors that may affect clients in
    your village adopting and using family planning
    methods.
  • listen carefully to what you are being told, and
    be sure to answer all questions clearly and
    accurately when helping clients in their
    contraceptive choice.
  • Try to find out your clients views by
    encouraging them to talk. Do not ask them direct
    and judgmental questions.

12
CONCLUSION
  • Family planning counselor should have good
    scientific knowledge of all the contraceptive
    methods.
  • Understand the practical part of family planning
    methods.
  • Should be prepared to answer questions
    comfortably and without embarrassment in relation
    to contraceptive myths, rumors, sexuality,
    sexually transmitted infections (STIs),
    reproductive and personal concerns.

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