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  • 3 May, 2021, 9:00 am
  • 1 Day
  • in-person

Event description

This training is open to all health and allied health care practitioners who may provide support to people needing pregnancy decision making counselling.

Attend to immerse yourself in a full day of training around how you can support clients in pregnancy options. We offer online versions of each of these modules. Refreshments & light lunch provided for full day participants.

Untitled (930 × 530 px) (15)
For Professionals

Tuesday May 3rd 2022 

Morning Session 1: Introduction to Pregnancy Options (3hours) 

 9am arrival for 9.15am – 12pm  

Introduction to Non-directive Pregnancy Options Counselling: evidence-based information on non-directive all options counselling – parenting, alternative care arrangements and adoption and abortion. Learning outcomes:

  • Scene setting: Socio-legal context of pregnancy options in Australia
  • Exploring Values
  • Understanding the importance of destigmatizing language in pregnancy options
  • Looking through the options of Parenting, Adoption and Alternative care arrangements and Abortion
  • QLD context for access for Abortion care and Children by Choice service context
  • Discussion, reflection and self-care

Afternoon Session 2: Introduction to Violence and Reproductive Coercion and Abuse (2 hours)

12pm arrival for 12.30pm – 2.30pm 

This workshop explores domestic violence and reproductive coercion and abuse in the context of pregnancy options decision-making. It will enhance understanding, assessment and referral pathways for health and allied health care and support practitioners who may provide pregnancy options counselling or support clients who have ongoing case management or engagement with services.

Learning outcomes:

  • The intersection of domestic violence, pregnancy and termination of pregnancy
  • Reproductive coercion and abuse behaviours
  • Diversity, young people and reproductive coercion
  • Strategies for increasing reproductive autonomy for women and people with uteruses
  • Supporting the pregnancy decision making in the context of domestic violence
  • Assisting women and people with uteruses to access contraception less vulnerable to detection and sabotage
  • Patterns of violence during pregnancy and the practice implications
  • Discussion, reflection and self-care

Afternoon Session 3: Introduction to Practice Skills  (2 hours)

2.30pm arrival for 2.30pm – 4.30pm

This workshop considers the practical counselling skills needed in the context of pregnancy options. It will enhance understanding how to have these conversations with clients. How to navigate different types of case presentations and practical skills to manage different scenarios.

Learning outcomes:

  • Learning how to deal with client emotional responses
  • Intersection of pregnancy, intimate partner violence and reproductive coercion – responding to disclosure
  • A trauma informed approach to termination of pregnancy care
  • Counselling: Core Practice Skills and frameworks
  • Responding to common themes and issues: case studies and discussion
  • Discussion, reflection and self-care

Unable to travel? EOI for other locations and other questions to E: [email protected]


Children by Choice acknowledge the traditional owners of country throughout Queensland and their continued connection to land and community. We recognise the two separate cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Children by Choice recognises the dispossession of land and its ongoing effects on Aboriginal peoples today. We acknowledge the sorrow of the Stolen Generations and apologise for the removal of children by white Australians.

Children by Choice reserves the right to alter this program or facilitator/s without further notice, however, the program is intended to run as agreed. Children by Choice reserves the right to cancel this training workshop, and if this occurs, registrants will be notified and any advance payments refunded in full.
 This event is offered in accordance with Children by Choice’s pro-choice framework. Children by Choice reserve the right to refuse registrations and remove individuals from the event and to hold sessions virtually if needed due to current Queensland Health advice. 


Up to 100 people


Adults 18 and over, any employee or volunteer


1 Day


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