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Client-Provider Interaction: Family Planning Counseling
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- Objectives
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- Assessment
- Asking
- Activity
- Informed
- Provide
- Activity
- Discussing
- Information
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Section 3 - Stages in Counseling

Stages in Counseling

Stages of Counseling diagram

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Every human interaction has a beginning, middle and end. During the counseling process, the exchange between a provider and a client also follows these three stages. In addition to knowing the technical information and having the communication skills needed for good family planning counseling, providers also need to follow a certain process. Thinking in terms of the beginning, middle and end can help a provider and client work together, in a realistic time period, toward helping a client make an informed choice and achieve satisfaction. Good communication skills and appropriate technical information are important during each of the stages.

The beginning stage involves greeting the client and doing the initial assessment. In the middle stage, the client decides on a method or reaffirms a choice previously made. The end stage occurs after the client has chosen a method, providing a chance to summarize and clarify questions about that method.

Often the provider has a limited amount of time. However, these stages do not necessarily have to take a long time. When the information is tailored as much as possible to the client’s particular needs, time is saved by not discussing information that is not relevant to the client.



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