Our professional development training

 

As part of our work to empower individuals and communities, we offer comprehensive professional development training. Please see below further information about the training we offer and session details for 2020. 

2020 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING AND DATES 

Unplanned pregnancy best practice counselling (Full day)

This training is open to all professionals and is endorsed by the AASW for CPD points. The training is comprised of two elements: counselling practice and education. The program incorporates evidence-based information on all options - abortion (including medication and surgical methods), adoption and parenting - as well as key communication techniques with clients in a practical setting.

This workshop will:

• Set the scene for unplanned pregnancy, socio-legal context and orient participants to Children by Choice Queensland service
• Describe unplanned pregnancy counselling using evidence-based information on all options: abortion, adoption and parenting
• Discuss best-practice counselling skills in non-directive unplanned pregnancy counselling
• Discuss strategies and language to use in non-directive, unbiased counselling
• Explore issues and consider values clarification in the context of decision-making and coping with decisions
• Recognise the intersection of unplanned pregnancy, domestic violence and reproductive coercion when working  with clients
• Identify the need for post-abortion counselling and practitioner self-care

For 2020 dates and registrations:

Cairns: March 6 2020 click here (In partnership with Cairns Sexual Health Service; with presentation by Cairns Sexual Assault Service)

Bundaberg: NEW date 24 April 2020 click here  

Townsville: May 8 2020  click here (with a presentation by The Women's Centre Townsville)

Brisbane: June 4 2020  click here 

Gold Coast: Sept 1 2020 click here

Unplanned pregnancy best practice counselling (3 hours)

This training is open to all professionals and is endorsed by the AASW for CPD points. The training is comprised of two elements: counselling practice and education. The program incorporates evidence-based information on all options - abortion (including medication and surgical methods), adoption and parenting - as well as key communication techniques with clients in a practical setting.

This workshop will:

• Set the scene for unplanned pregnancy, socio-legal context and orient participants to Children by Choice Queensland service
• Describe unplanned pregnancy counselling in terms of evidence-based information on all options: abortion, adoption and parenting
• Discuss best-practice counselling skills in non-directive unplanned pregnancy counselling
• Discuss strategies and language to use in non-directive, unbiased counselling
• Explore issues and consider values clarification in the context of decision-making and coping with decisions
• Consider the intersection of unplanned pregnancy, domestic violence and reproductive coercion when working with clients
• Consider the need for post-abortion counselling and practitioner self-care

For 2020 dates & registrations

Rockhampton: February 21 2020 click here

Redland: March 4 2020 click here

Brisbane: Nov 6 2020 click here

Masterclass: Intersection of unplanned pregnancy, domestic violence, reproductive coercion & contraception options (2 hours)

This training is open to all professionals and is endorsed by the AASW for CPD points. The training is an advanced practitioner workshop that explores domestic violence and reproductive coercion in the context of unplanned pregnancy decision-making. It will enhance understanding, assessment and referral pathways for health and allied health care and support practitioners who may provide unplanned pregnancy and post-abortion counseling or support clients who have ongoing case management or engagement with services

For 2020 dates & registrations

Brisbane: June 18 2020 click here

Gold Coast: Sept 8 2020 click here

Masterclass: Post-abortion counselling Resolution not recovery (2 hours)

This training is open to all professionals and is endorsed by the AASW for CPD points. The masterclass is an advanced practitioner workshop that considers short-term counseling in the post-abortion context. It will enhance understanding of factors in resolution after an abortion, assessment and referral pathways for health and allied health care and support practitioners who may provide unplanned pregnancy or post-abortion counseling or in a case management context.

For 2020 dates & registrations:

Brisbane: June 18 2020  click here

Gold Coast: Sept 8 2020  click here

Pregnancy Options Introduction or Refresher (2 hours)

This training is open to all professionals and is endorsed by the AASW for CPD points.The training program incorporates evidence-based information on all options - abortion (including medication and surgical methods), adoption and parenting - as well as key communication techniques with clients. This workshop will:

• Set the scene for unplanned pregnancy and orient participants to Children by Choice Queensland service
• Provide an overview of the legal context
• Describe unplanned pregnancy counselling in terms of evidence-based information on all options: abortion, adoption and parenting
• Discuss best-practice counselling skills in non-directive unplanned pregnancy counselling
• Consider the intersection of unplanned pregnancy, domestic violence and reproductive coercion when working with clients

In partnership with Central Queensland Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast PHN

For 2020 dates and registrations:

Hervey Bay: Feb 5 2020 click here (2 hours (RACGP points available)

Bundaberg: Feb 6 2020 click here  (2 hours (RACGP points available)

Interpreting in the context of Unplanned Pregnancy (2 hours)

This training is open to interpreters, translators and bicultural workers. 

This two hour workshop will:

  • Set the scene for unplanned pregnancy
  • Orient Interpreters to the Children by Choice and True services
  • Discuss individual values and best practice principles of non-directional unplanned pregnancy options counselling
  • Provide information regarding pregnancy options: parenting, adoption and abortion
  • Provide an overview of the Queensland context: Termination of Pregnancy Bill 2018
  • Consider the intersection of domestic violence, unplanned pregnancy and abortion
  • Discuss self-care and reflection

For 2020 date & registrations:

Townsville:  May 7 2020 click here  (NAATI CPD points available and in partnership with TRUE Relationships & Reproductive Health)

Sponsored places

Some sponsored places are available for Queensland professionals through our Regional Rural and Remote Abortion Access Project. Priority for sponsored places will be given to regional/rural/remote professionals who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, work with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people and communities or in an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait organisation.  Contact our Education and Training Coordinator Pamela Doherty or Project Officer Steph Chen, on 07 3357 9933 (ext 3) or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to apply for sponsorship.

WE ALSO OFFER

Guest lecture presentations

In addition to professional development training workshops, Children by Choice also delivers guest lectures and presentations on request to tertiary medical, nursing, public health, midwifery, or law students, and other groups. These lectures are tailor-made to meet course requirements.

Agency visits

We welcome visits from workers across the community, health and education sectors to talk generally about our work and discuss issues of importance to your organisation and clients. We can also come to you for general or specific information sessions relevant to your work and your clients - for example, issues specific to young women's sexual and reproductive health. 

Tailoured sessions

All of our training can be delivered in your community or directly to your organisation (minimum of 10 participants). For more information contact our Education and Training Coordinator Pamela Doherty or Project Officer Steph Chen, on 07 3357 9933 (ext 3) or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

What our training participants think about our workshops

Covered in-depth information and options for women."

"Wonderful training, useful evidence, practice, handouts and use of language”

 “I loved the opportunity for discussion and linking to practice."

"Very insightful and provided information as to what needs to be done to advocate for women."

"I really valued the best practice principles - useful to keep as a reminder for guidance."

"Thank you very much for your energy and support."

"Excellent - gave us everything we needed to know plus more. It enabled me to question my belief on a more global perspective."

"After your session our team spoke of how excellent the presentation was and how practical the content. Your presentation skills are second to none!"

FURTHER INFORMATION

For more information or queries please contact our education team on 07 3357 9933 (ext 3) or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Last modified on: 17 January 2020
Our professional development training
17 January 2020