Family Planning Training Institute

The ABCD Health Services Department is committed to keeping low income residents and communities in the greater Boston area healthy through local public health promotion and disease prevention programs, including Title X family planning and related preventive health services. ABCD’s programming provides free, high quality care to tens of thousands of people each year.

The ABCD Family Planning Training Institute provides professional level training on family planning, reproductive health and sexuality education for healthcare providers, counselors, educators, and other community health workers. We offer a comprehensive calendar of professional training opportunities. Introduction to Family Planning, Basic Family Planning, and Family Planning for Advanced Practice are usually offered three times a year.

In addition, trainings on current reproductive health topics are held several times a year. Specialized trainings on family planning and reproductive health topics are available for community and health care agencies by special arrangement with ABCD staff.

ABCD also conducts mandatory trainings on current reproductive health topics several times a year. These trainings are required for certified family planning counselors in ABCD family planning funded sites.




Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response Training presented by RAINN 

Description: ABCD is partnering with RAINN to provide a virtual training that equips professionals providing family planning services with an understanding of the complexities and warning signs of sexual misconduct and trauma-informed communication skills to support survivors.
Date: June 6th
Time: 9:30am – 11:30am
Location: Virtual (Zoom)
Cost: Free for all!
Registration Form: bostonabcd.org/rainn


HIV Education for Health Workers Training

Description: This two day course is designed to provide health workers and educators with a knowledge of STIs and HIV, testing counseling skills, Reproductive Justice and HIV, the history of HIV, and more!
Section 1: May 16th and 18th
Section 2: June 20th and 22nd
Time: 9:00am – 2:00pm
Location: Virtual over Zoom
You must attend both sessions for credit.
Cost for non-ABCD site: $100


Basic Family Planning Training

Description: This hybrid training is designed for new Family Planning Counselor, Health Educators, and Nurses who are beginning their family planning work. See the “Basic Family Planning Training” tab on the previous page for more details.
Section 1: April 27th and May 4th
Section 2: June 7th and 14th
Time: 9:00am – 2:00pm
Location: Virtual over Zoom, eLearning platform
You must attend both sessions and complete all of the online work for credit.
Cost for non-ABCD sites: $300

Culturally Responsive Reproductive Health Education for Youth Training Presented by HRiA 

Description: This training will address the challenges faced by clinicians and health educators in the clinical setting when presented with beliefs from patients that are not in alignment with current science and research. Using a positive youth development approach, participants will identify youths’ spheres of influence and find ways to connect with and understand their existing cultural knowledge. Participants will explore their own biases, discuss common scenarios, and gain skills for addressing firmly held beliefs that may
contradict scientific evidence.
Date: June 15th
Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm
Location: Virtual over Zoom, eLearning platform
Cost: Free for all!
Registration Form: sign up here



NEW! ABCD Family Planning Training Institute is now offering its Continuing Training Program as a webinar series. If you are interested in any of the following webinars please contact Erin McSweeney at erin.mcsweeney@bostonabcd.org.

Available Webinars

HPV Prevention Training presented by Team Maureen

Description: This training was offered live in late January for HPV Prevention Awareness Week. Team Maureen is an organization dedicated to fighting cervical cancer through HPV prevention. The training is facilitated by Eileen Lind, the founder of Team Maureen, and covers HPV basics, recent HPV and cancer statistics, up to date vaccination recommendations, and recommendations for vaccine counseling.
Duration: 60 minutes


Sexual Education for Individuals with Developmental Delays presented by Mad Hatter Wellness

Description: This training will help guide Family Planning Counselors, Educators, and Providers on how to provide quality one on one sexual education to those with Developmental Delays. Training is applicable to individuals of all ages.
Duration: 1hr 45min
Registration Form: bostonabcd.org/SexEdForm

Please contact Erin McSweeney at erin.mcsweeney@bostonabcd.org with any questions. 

ABCD Family Planning Locations