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Reducing Unintended Pregnancy: Contraceptive Counseling Approaches for Adolescents (Session 1)

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 - 8:30am


This is an evidence-informed contraceptive counseling approach to support community-wide efforts to reduce teen pregnancy prevention by increasing access to and use of hormonal contraception in sexually active youth. As a result of participating in this training, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the characteristics of each adolescent developmental stage
  • Describe how brain development impacts adolescent decision-making
  • Apply most recent research regarding adolescent contraceptive behavior as an underpinning for a counseling approach
  • Demonstrate the skills required to utilize Motivational Interviewing to more effectively counsel adolescents
  • Explain how to strategically use Motivational Interviewing skills to provide effective contraceptive counseling
  • Demonstrate skills in determining pregnancy interventions as a primary component of contraceptive counseling
Target audience: clinicians, health educators or social workers providing direct counseling to adolescents on contraception
An application for 5.75 contact hours has been made to SC DHEC. SC Department of Health and Environmental Control is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the South Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Meet the Trainer

Rena Dixon, MPH, MCHES

Rena is a 2010 addition to the SC Campaign. As a member of the Capacity Building Department, she provides training and technical assistance for priority populations and healthcare providers. Originally from Augusta, GA, Rena graduated cum laude from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA with a B.S. in Health Sciences and a minor in Latin American Studies. She also holds a Master of Public Health from Armstrong. Before coming to the SC Campaign, Rena worked for Planned Parenthood of Georgia as the Health and Promotions Coordinator and for the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as a Public Health Educator. Rena is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Community Health Education and Health Promotion in Public Health from Walden University. She is also a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc and the American Public Health Association.