This discussion series is aimed at enhancing perinatal support and counseling skills for clinicians, medical providers, parent educators, doulas, clergy, home visitors and parenting educators. Participation is limited, registration required. Please email or call to register.
Discussion series runs from 12:15-1:15 and participants are invited to bring a brown bag lunch.
Cost: This group is by donation, $5-$12 suggested.
Location: 295 N. Main Street, Barre, VT
October 7th: Engaging with Pregnancy-Seeking Adolescents
Adolescents who express a desire to get pregnant or parent can illicit strong, negative reactions from parents, educators and service providers. In this discussion, we’ll explore some of the reasons adolescents give for wanting to become pregnant and investigate how these impulses can be transformed into opportunities for enhanced connection and values-clarification with youth, rather than opportunities for debate.
October 14: Perspectives on Reproductive Coercion
Current research on pregnancy options counseling indicates that women experience the most positive outcomes when they feel a sense of agency and ownership over their decision (whatever that decision may be.) We will spend this session exploring how to support women who are experiencing pressure or coercion in their decision-making and review interventions to help women develop a sense of strength and ownership in their decisions.
October 21: Eliciting Motivation for Contraception Use
What role can counselors, home visitors and non-medical professionals play in helping women achieve their family planning goals? We will explore narrative therapy and motivational interviewing techniques for helping women clarify their family planning goals, identify contraception solutions and develop accurate perceptions regarding their fertility and chance of pregnancy.
October 28: Beyond Planned and Unplanned: Acknowledging Ambivalence in Pregnancy
Was it planned or unplanned? Wanted or unwanted? Happy or sad? This or that? This workshop will review how we can tweak the language we use when discussing pregnancy to make space for more complex discussions about mothering/fathering, pregnancy transitions and the emotional world of pregnancy and birth.
Connecting the Dots Between Intimate Partner Violence and Reproductive Coercion
Bottle Feeding from an Attachment Parenting Perspective
Brief Strategies for Pregnancy Options Counseling