Adolescent and Youth Reproductive Health Module: 9. Counselling Young People

Study Session 9  Counselling Young People


Clear and effective communication is basic in helping young people to achieve healthy sexual and reproductive lives. In this session you will learn how you can establish good relationships with young people to enable effective counselling on sexual and reproductive health issues to take place. The basic principles of communication and counselling are taught in the Health Education, Advocacy and Community Mobilisation Module. Also the Family Planning Module has a study session on counselling for family planning. However, this study session will focus on the particular circumstances and needs of young people. Understanding the young person’s perspective on sexual issues will enable you to respond appropriately in discussions. Having a good relationship with your young clients will make them feel more relaxed and able to talk about their sexual and reproductive health problems. This in turn will enable you to effectively counsel and serve the needs of the young.

Learning Outcomes for Study Session 9