By Alissa C. Perrucci

In today’s contentious political surroundings surrounding abortion, clinicians, counselors and social staff desire a transparent framework for offering expert, compassionate selection counseling. they wish support operating with the tough stuff: “What do I do while my sufferer asks me if God will forgive her?” or “What do I say whilst a girl says that she appears like she’s killing her baby?” those are the questions requested by way of clinicians and psychological healthiness execs far and wide; those also are the questions for which this booklet bargains solutions. The fields of healthcare and counseling psychology have long-awaited a handbook for engaging in being pregnant selection counseling around the spectrum of sufferer matters, worker ability degrees, and sanatorium assets.
Using case examples, person and crew routines, guided self-reflection, and values rationalization, the reader will enhance the required abilities to supply compassionate and knowledgeable being pregnant choice counseling. This e-book will outline the ultimate for determination review and counseling for all being pregnant suggestions and should be mentioned because the definitive consultant for studying, instructing, and delivering high quality, compassionate counseling in abortion and relatives making plans clinics national.

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It is meant to be a stepping stone to building rapport for further discussion. 1 Patient: Can I ask you a really strange question? Counselor: Of course. Patient: What does the baby look like, after you take it out? indb 30 2/27/12 12:37 PM Decision Counseling for Emotional Conflict 31 Counselor: Just so you know, that’s not a strange question at all. Patient: Really? Counselor: Really. Lots of women ask me that. What have you been thinking about that led you to ask me that question? Here, we can see that the counselor immediately lessens the patient’s fears concerning her own abnormality or strangeness.

Another approach would be discussing aftercare in a video that plays in the waiting room and a brochure in patients’ to-go bags. Understanding the tasks necessary for optimal selfcare after a medical procedure also feed into the ability to make an informed decision. Patients need to know about recovery time, restrictions, and the impact of a procedure on their ability to return to their everyday life before they give consent to have that procedure. Health Education Health education about contraception is a field of expertise unto itself, and there have been many important and useful writings on this topic (Lethbridge and Hanna 1997).

When someone dies, how comfortable are you in supporting those who are grieving? Above all, to be an effective abortion counselor you must let go of any and all ideas that you have that a particular pregnancy alternative is better, more logical, makes more sense, or is morally superior than another for your patient. indb 29 2/27/12 12:37 PM Chapter Three 30 prepared to cope with. Your approach must be grounded in the principle that the patient has the answer. There is no superior insight into her life that you have that she needs to discover.

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