Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Counselling skills training in adolescent sexuality and reproductive health

A facilitator's guide, updated version

World Health Organization

Publication details

Number of pages: 179
Publication date: 2001
Languages: English, French, Russian, Spanish
WHO reference number: WHO/ADH/93.3



A guide to organizing and facilitating a five-day workshop with the purpose of strengthening the knowledge and skills of adults who counsel adolescents. Participants become familiar with the topics of adolescent sexuality and reproductive health. Emphasis is placed on interpersonal communication and listening skills.

The principles of non-directive counselling are introduced. This approach aims to facilitate the young client’s overall development by strengthening self-understanding and enhancing their ability to deal personally with present problems and prevent future difficulties.

The original document published in 1993 was updated in the European region in 2000 and incorporates issues related to HIV.