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18 July 2009 @ 08:16 pm
Resources for abortion counselors?  
Hi everyone,

I was recently hired as a counselor at an abortion clinic, and am super excited about it. It's been a great experience so far - I love being in the clinic setting, where my co-workers are all awesome pro-choice feminists, and finally seeing what is arguably the most important piece in the abortion debate - which, despite being a passionate pro-choice advocate for many years, I had always been far removed from before.

So I was wondering if anyone knows of any blogs, online communities or forums, or other sorts of resources for abortion counselors? I'm really interested in reading about other counselors' experiences and stories, which I imagine will help me to be better prepared, and was wondering if any type of resource like that for clinic counselors exists. Anyone know of anything? I searched LJ comms, Google Blog, and Google generally, but couldn't come up with anything like that. Luckily, there seem to be a number of places for women to share their stories of having abortions, which I am definitely also reading to learn more about that side of the clinic experience, but I am interested in finding resources and communities specifically for counselors too.

If there are any abortion counselors in this community I'd love to hear any stories you'd like to share, as well. :) Thanks everyone!
 
 
 
kcobwebkcobweb on July 19th, 2009 01:13 am (UTC)
Hey, congrats! I used to work at a clinic..... but it was literally in the early early days of the Internet (those dark days of the mid-90s *grin*) so we didn't have all those things then. I have this site bookmarked on my computer: http://abortionclinicdays.blogs.com/ - I bookmarked it at some point, but don't usually keep up with it. Looks like it might be what you're looking for.
superlily74superlily74 on July 23rd, 2009 02:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
kkleigha87kkleigha87 on July 19th, 2009 01:48 am (UTC)
feminists suck
Commander Coralie Onasi Alenko Shepard: behave/DKPnoabsolutes on July 20th, 2009 06:35 pm (UTC)
So do trolls. Bye now!
Jaimesyncopatedlife on July 19th, 2009 02:01 am (UTC)
not specifically about clinicians, but imnotsorry.net is a great resource for hearing women's stories. :)
superlily74superlily74 on July 23rd, 2009 02:21 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that one's definitely on my list. Thanks. :)
Virginia Fell: smash patriarchyvirginia_fell on July 19th, 2009 03:10 am (UTC)
If you find something useful, could you give us an update? I'm interested as well.
superlily74superlily74 on July 23rd, 2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
eyelid suggested iamdrtiller.com, which is a fantastic compilation of testimonies from abortion providers, though I'm looking for something a little different - like a blog about day-to-day experiences, problems, concerns, where others can respond, give advice, share similar experiences, etc. Maybe nothing like that exists...
1bookends11bookends1 on July 19th, 2009 07:44 pm (UTC)
well I know I thought about that when I was a counselor during a field placement, but I didn't want to violate the trust of patients. I even felt uncomfortable sharing my experiences in a classroom with other students doing field placements.
superlily74superlily74 on July 23rd, 2009 02:24 pm (UTC)
Well obviously no one should ever share something that would violate patient confidentiality or identifying details about a patient. But I think it's fine, and beneficial, to share general experiences about the day-to-day work.
electric misfit love machineeyelid on July 20th, 2009 06:31 pm (UTC)
Maybe check out here? Or the National Abortion Federation?
superlily74superlily74 on July 23rd, 2009 02:28 pm (UTC)
Wow, what an amazing, touching site! (iamdrtiller.com). Thanks for sending that - I will be poring over those stories, for sure. I was looking for something more along the lines of clinic_escorts, though - a place where workers could share day-to-day experiences, concerns, questions, etc about the work they're doing, you know? And others doing the same work could respond with advice and similar stories. Maybe nothing like that exists. Maybe I should start an LJ comm...
montereybayjanemontereybayjane on August 14th, 2009 11:36 pm (UTC)
I'm a counselor too, I think. At our clinic it's called something else but I get our patients from coming in the door to the point of the abortion. I do ultrasounds, help them choose whether a medication or surgical procedure might be best for them, confirm they are firm in their choices, do lab work, explain the procedures and do options counseling. I've noticed it's an isolating job but it's my dream so I'm doing it. I'll have to look over what's already been mentioned here too.