Family Planning Counseling

This module was developed for use in training physicians, nurses, and midwives and other health care providers who will provide routine FP Counseling.

Designed to actively involve the trainees in the learning process, sessions include:

  • PowerPoint presentations
  • simulation counseling skills
  • practice in the form of role plays,
  • discussions,
  • case studies and practice, and
  • clinical practice using objective competency-based skills checklists.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the training in FP counseling, trainees will be able to:

  • Explain how to support informed choice and maintain confidentiality
  • Discuss sexual health without embarrassment
  • Demonstrate how to help clients discuss and negotiate FP use with partners
  • Identify beliefs and attitudes they may have that may interfere with effective counseling
  • Describe the four stages of FP counseling and factors that affect FP method choice
  • Demonstrate how to use a counseling tool and other job aids effectively
  • Demonstrate effective communication and counseling skills
  • Demonstrate competence in providing informed choice FP counseling


  • Explain the counseling needs of women who are postpartum and postabortion, men, and young people
  • Explain how traditions or beliefs may limit a woman’s ability to freely choose and use FP

Read the Quick Start guide below, if you haven't already--and then explore the tabs at right to walk through the Facilitator's Guide, illustrative examples, presentation slides, handouts, and more--all of which you are free to adapt for your training participants' needs.