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Session 4: Family Planning Counseling (BCS+)


This session describes family planning counseling and how to use the Balanced Counseling Strategy (BCS+) job aids to assist a client in making an informed decision about whether to use contraception and which method to choose.


By the end of this unit, participants will:

  • Provide family planning counseling, particularly during crisis situations.
  • Describe the four stages of the Balanced Counseling Strategy (BCS+) for family planning.
  • Practice how to use the BCS+ job aids to assist a client in making an informed decision about whether and which contraceptive method to choose.

Timing & Methodology

Total: 180 minutes (3 hours)

  • 20 minutes: Facilitator Presentation: Introduction to Family Planning Counseling
  • 40 minutes: Demonstration and Role Play: BCS+ Model
  • 100 minutes: Role Plays: Counseling Practice
  • 20 minutes: Group Discussion: Debrief and Closing


  • Print, download, and gather materials
  • Make sure there are enough of the BCS+ Method Brochures and Counseling Cards for each pair of participants
  • Ensure that participants in the group have different role plays. Feel free to make up your own scripts or roles
  • Ensure that there is enough space in the training room to role play

Resources Available Online

Sexual and reproductive health services remain critical during COVID-19

IAWG members and partners are producing clinical and programmatic guidance, assessments, policy papers, and statements to ensure continued prioritization of sexual and reproductive health and rights throughout COVID-19 response in humanitarian settings.