Post Abortion Training held at Alpha Center

Post Abortion Training held at Alpha Center, Tuesday, May 20th

 

Alpha Center’s post-abortion director, Nicole Osmundson, along with over 12 volunteers, gathered today at the Alpha Center to be educated and trained on how to counsel women who have had an abortion or who are contemplating an abortion.

 

As Alpha Center continues to see over 5000 clients a year, many of them come to Alpha Center for free pregnancy testing, limited ultrasounds, testing for sexually transmitted diseases, and post-abortion counseling.  Many of these women and men are either considering abortion as a form of birth control or have had one or more abortions in the past. 

 

Nicole encouraged the counselors as she gave testimony after testimony of the positive outcomes that she has personally seen in her five years of providing post abortion counseling at the Alpha Center. She also provided the counselors with valuable and necessary tools they need to help these women as they cope with the distress of their current situation or their past abortion. The many effects of abortion were discussed including the following few (of the many) symptoms that post abortive women experience:

Drug and alcohol addiction

Sexual addiction – Promiscuous relationships

Explosive emotions: depression, anxiety, etc.

And many more…

 

Alpha Center offers the “Forgiven and Set Free” post-abortion program that helps these women and men deal with the pain of an abortion and how to forgive themselves.  Counseling is provided in both group and one-on-one settings.

 

 Other issues that were discussed today include:

·        the SD Laws for abortion

·        Morning after Pill / RU486

·        The different methods of abortions during first trimester, second trimester, etc.

·        Planting the seed of love and hope with a client in crisis

 

In conclusion, all of the volunteers found this information very helpful and educational and expressed how grateful they were for the expertise that Alpha Center offers our community in this area!  Thank you to all who attended and to Nicole Osmundson for spearheading the training!

 

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