The CTC-SRH offers intrauterine contraceptive (IUC) training for Title X clinical services providers and other sexual and reproductive healthcare providers. We have been successfully providing IUC training since 2008, with participants reporting that the training is successful in skills development and building confidence in performing IUC placement and removal.
The IUC training courses are developed and delivered by the CTC-SRH's team of highly experienced subject matter experts. There are three distinct courses for healthcare providers: (1) IUC Placement and Removal Skills for beginners, covering in-depth IUC placement and removal skills and client-centered counseling for IUCs, (2) IUC Challenging Cases for those who have begun to place IUCs, navigating complex placements and removals, and (3) IUC Mentor Training for experienced clinicians involved in onboarding and privileging new providers, with guidance on coaching and mentoring less experienced IUC providers.
Our goal is to serve Title X clinical services providers and increase their capacity to deliver high-quality sexual and reproductive health services. Recognizing that Title X clinics serve a diverse group of people, we design, develop, and implement our trainings and resources with a focus on quality, equity, and access at the core. We affirm the need for services for anyone who can become pregnant, including cisgender women, transgender men, nonbinary people, and others.
For clinicians new to providing IUC or those needing refresher training
This session consists first of a self-paced online didactic followed by a live skills session, which is offered virtually with some onsite options. Participants will get hands-on practice with IUC demonstration kits and pelvic models. After completing the skills session, participants will receive a certificate of completion and can begin IUC placement under the guidance of their institution.
If you are attending an onsite training, CTC-SRH will provide IUC demonstration/training kits along with pelvic models at the training location.
If you are attending a virtual training, we will ship IUC demonstration training kits and a pelvic model to you with a training kit deposit. Return the pelvic model using the included return label within 7 days of your training and receive your training kit deposit back in full.
This training is FREE for Title X providers, fee for Non-Title X providers. 1.5 CNE/CME available.
For clinicians who have placed 5+ IUC devices
This course is offered on a quarterly basis and is intended to be taken by clinicians who have placed five or more IUC devices. In this session, participants will consult with colleagues and mentors on complex IUC placement and removal and review IUC processes.
This training is FREE for Title X providers, fee for Non-Title X providers. 2.5 CNE/CME available.
"The training made IUC education, prescription, and placement more accessible. I enjoyed the didactic video and the hands-on component, especially the chance to ask questions in real-time."
- Ayana B., CNM from Colorado
For experienced clinicians who oversee IUC services within their organization
The Intrauterine Contraception (IUC) Mentor Training is an advanced CTC-SRH training program that aims to enhance the quality and accessibility of IUC services in healthcare settings.
This training is tailored for experienced healthcare providers who oversee IUC services within their organization, specifically, clinicians involved in the onboarding and privileging of sexual and reproductive healthcare providers. This training program provides guidance on how to coach and mentor less experienced IUC providers who are seeking to improve their confidence and skills in IUC placement and removal.
The IUC Mentor Training program employs adult learning principles, incorporates best practices for IUC, and provides effective coaching strategies. The CTC-SRH also offers a wealth of resources to enrich the learning experience.
This training is FREE for Title X providers, fee for Non-Title X providers. 2.0 CNE/CME available.
The IUC Training is intended for licensed clinical providers (CNM, NP, PA, DO, or MD) in the United States and its territories who wish to provide IUC placement and removal services. This training is not available to students as part of their educational curriculum.
The CTC-SRH is federally funded to serve Title X recipients by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Population Affairs. Therefore, all our training, including this intrauterine contraceptive training, is free for clinical providers that practice IUC services within a Title X family planning setting. However, non-Title X individuals can still access our resources and attend our training for a fee (the fee for non-Title X providers in 2023 is $475).
During registration, you can select if you are a Title X or non-Title X affiliate. If you are unsure of your clinic status, you can clarify with your administrator or search for your clinic on the Title X Clinic Finder.
Each IUC training is led by a highly-experienced reproductive health provider. Clinicians who participate in the training receive real-time feedback and coaching with simulation practice. The CTC-SRH has been successfully providing intrauterine contraception (IUC) training since 2008 and evaluations confirm that the trainings are successful in skills development and building confidence in performing IUC placement and removal.
The COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted the CTC-SRH’s ability to host and travel to face-to-face clinical skills trainings in 2020. Therefore, to continue meeting the needs of the Title X workforce, the CTC-SRH transitioned onsite intrauterine contraception training to a virtual format using online didactic material and live-streamed training and telementoring. This format has become increasingly popular and has proven to be a valuable option as the sexual and reproductive field evolves to serve the needs of the Title X network.
By introducing virtual skills training, the CTC-SRH has expanded its reach to providers who once were unable to travel to in-person events. Learn more about our shift to virtual training from our report, Virtual Skills Training Format for Teaching Intrauterine Contraception Insertion During Coronavirus Disease 2019,” Journal for Nurse Practitioners.
The CTC-SRH continues to offer onsite IUC training in a more limited capacity. Watch our training calendar for onsite opportunities.
The Clinical Training Center for Sexual + Reproductive Health will present IUC training for Title X ...December 11 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm CST
This virtual training consists first of a self-paced online didactic followed by a live skills sessi...January 19, 2024 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm CST
This virtual training consists first of a self-paced online didactic followed by a live skills sessi...February 12, 2024 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm CST
This virtual training is offered on a quarterly basis and is intended to be taken by clinicians who ...January 26, 2024 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm CST
This virtual training is offered on a quarterly basis and is intended to be taken by clinicians who ...April 26, 2024 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm CDT
The CTC-SRH has created resources such as job aids, podcasts, and clinical protocol templates to help providers perform IUC-related tasks.
This palm card explores the physical differences between intrauterine contraception (IUC) units on one side to assist providers in identifying IUCs based on their appearance. The other side of the card compares the primary and secondary method of action of levonorgestrel and copper IUCs.
This palm card is intended for staff who provide setup for intrauterine contraception (IUC) procedures.
For more than 50 years, the Title X program, funded by the Office of Population Affairs (OPA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has served as the nation’s family planning program, supporting a network of grantees providing high-quality sexual and reproductive health care to millions of people coast to coast, with a mandate to serve primarily low-income and adolescent patients.
If the clinic you primarily work with receives Title X funds, you are considered a Title X participant. If you are unsure of your clinic status, you can clarify with your administrator or search for your clinic on the Title X Clinic Finder.
All Title X providers may attend the training and receive CE for free. Those that are not Title X affiliated will be required to pay to attend the training and receive CE. The registration fee includes the CE fee.
While there is no formal certification required to place or remove intrauterine contraception, the best practice is to enroll in a didactic course along with attending a hands-on education course prior to the placement or removal of intrauterine contraception. Our course provides the foundation for clinicians with the expectation of proper mentorship before performing placements and removals on live patients.
We do not provide implant placement skills training in our virtual training, as only Organon is certified to offer Nexplanon placement and removal training.
However, implant training is offered during our onsite IUC skills training. This is because we invite Organon to co-locate their training alongside our onsite training.
If you are unable to attend an onsite training, we do provide referrals to two organizations that provide Nexplanon training and you can learn more here.
We encourage colleagues to take the course together. You can share the pelvic model with a colleague who is enrolled in the same training session. We recommend a maximum of 2 participants to one model.
For assistance, please contact Alexis Bates at least three weeks before your selected training date by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded as the National Clinical Training Center for Family Planning (NCTCFP) in 2006, we changed our name to the Clinical Training Center for Sexual and Reproductive Health (CTC-SRH) in 2023. We have been funded by the Office of Population Affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services since inception and remain the primary source of clinical training for those providing sexual and reproductive health care in federally-funded settings.
Having served the Title X network for nearly two decades, our team of clinical experts recognized that the term “family planning” falls short of describing the client-centered and inclusive sexual and reproductive health services we offer, especially in an increasingly urgent and rapidly shifting healthcare landscape.
The newly-renamed Clinical Training Center for Sexual and Reproductive Health (CTC-SRH) continues to provide evidence-based clinical training and resources to healthcare providers in Title X settings through increased healthcare quality, equity, and access.