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.



Family Planning Training for Advanced Practice

Description: Our Advanced course is designed for practitioners to increase their knowledge of Family Planning topics. This course consists of self-paced eLearning modules and two live Zoom sessions. We cover prescribing and counseling for Birth Control options, Infertility Care, LGBTQ+ Health, Working with Adolescents, Pregnancy Options, and more! This course is designed for RNs, NPs, PAs, and MDs only and offers 15 CEUs.

March 26 and April 2, 2024 (Must attend both days for credit) (VIRTUAL)
Time: 8:00am – 12:45pm
Cost: If seeking CEUs, the cost for non-ABCD sites is $300. If not seeking CEUs, it is $200. For ABCD sites, the course is free unless CEUs are desired, then it is $100.
Registration Form: Sign up here


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!

Date: March 13 and 15, 2024
Time: 9 AM — 1 PM
Location: Virtual over Zoom
You must attend both sessions for credit.
Cost for non-ABCD site: $100

Registration Form: https://www.neaetc.org/events/view/25556 The passcode is “ABCD”.There is a cap of 20 participants for this training, however a waitlist will be kept for future offerings. If you have any questions or challenges with registration, please reach out to Maureen Scott at maureen.scott@bostonabcd.org


Basic Family Planning Training
Description: Our Basic training course is a comprehensive introduction to Family Planning Counseling. This course contains two sets of self-paced eLearning modules and two live Zoom sessions. In this course, we cover Quality Family Planning Counseling principles, Reproductive Anatomy, Reproductive Justice, LGBTQIA+ Health, Contraception, STIs, Pregnancy Options, Working with Adolescents, and more!

Date: Feb. 20, 2024 and Feb. 22, 2024
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: $300 for non-ABCD sites, Free for ABCD sites
Registration Form: Sign up here


IUD Certification / Nexplanon Certification Training
Description: ABCD will be partnering with Paraguard to offer an in-person IUD certification training!
On this same training day, we are hoping to also offer a Nexplanon training. If you are interested in a Nexplanon training as well, please indicate this in the registration form!

Date: Feb 22, 2024
Time: Paraguard: 11:00am – 1:00pm, Nexplanon: 9:00am – 10:30am
Cost: Free for all!
Target Audience: For Nexplanon- Only licensed clinicians.For IUD- Licensed clinicians preferred. Open to graduate students if slots are available.

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 Maureen Scott at maureen.scott@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

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.
Duration: 2hr 15min
Registration Form: bostonabcd.org/rainn

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.
Duration: 2hr 15min
Registration Form: sign up here

Please contact Maureen Scott at maureen.scott@bostonabcd.org or 617.348.6261 with any questions. 

ABCD Family Planning Locations