HIV Connection

Trainings

Miniseries Format

HIV/AIDS Update

Credit Hours: 4 Alcohol & Drug Related, HIV/AIDS  |  Maximum Participants: Unlimited

By the end of this course, participants will be able to describe global, national, and local trends related to HIV/AIDS, discuss developments in prevention, testing and treatment, and identify issues for persons dealing with substance use and HIV. This course reviews the latest statistical information related to HIV/AIDS from the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control, and Texas Department of State Health Services. Trends are examined in the larger context of health disparities currently impacting communities. This course discusses the advantage and challenges related to new methods of prevention and advancements in testing and treatment. This training takes a special look at the connections between HIV and substance use and considers approaches for those clients struggling with the diseases of HIV/AIDS and addiction.

Hepatitis C and the As and Bs

Credit Hours: 3 Alcohol & Drug Related  |  Maximum Participants: Unlimited

By the end of this course, participants will be able to describe the basic functions of a healthy liver and the important role it plays in our lives, and be able to define Hepatitis and Hepatitis C. They will also be able to exhibit increased knowledge and comprehension of the Hepatitis C disease process, transmission routes, testing, treatment, and prevention. Participants will be able to explain how substance use affects a person with Hepatitis C and identify the connection between HIV and Hepatitis C. This training also offers a basic overview of the other Hepatitis viruses, and includes ways to advocate for clients who have Hepatitis C.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases in the Lives of Substance Users

Credit Hours: 3 Alcohol & Drug Related, STDs  |  Maximum Participants: 25

By the end of this course, participants will be able to list three connections between substance use and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), identify different categories of STDs, list 3 common symptoms of STDs, and describe four behaviors that eliminate or reduce the risk of contracting an STD. This course describes the transmission and treatment of many viral, bacterial, and parasitic STDs. This training also reviews facts counselors need to know related to STDs and current statistical trends related to sexually transmitted diseases.

Tuberculosis: What Every Counselor Should Know

Credit Hours: 3 Alcohol & Drug Related  |  Maximum Participants: 25

By the end of this course, participants will be able to define tuberculosis (TB) infection and TB disease and explain the differences between them, explain how TB is transmitted, describe efforts to control the spread of TB, identify the difficulties facing those with drug-resistant TB, and be able to describe the link between HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. This training also provides a global, national, and local perspective on TB. It also examines how counselors can help their clients who may have TB and how they can protect themselves from infectious tuberculosis.

Culture

Counseling Gender & Sexually Diverse (GSD) Clients

Credit Hours: 6 Alcohol & Drug Related, Cultural Awareness  |  Maximum Participants: 25

By the end of this course, participants will be able to identify the multifaceted components of gender, sexuality and sexual orientation. They will also be able to discuss the impact of stigma and discrimination upon health disparities including HIV, substance use, and mental health in Gender & Sexually Diverse (GSD) populations. Finally, they will implement individual and agency-wide strategies to improve counseling and service delivery to GSD clients seeking HIV care or substance abuse treatment services.

Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing 101

Credit Hours: 8 Alcohol & Drug Specific  |  Maximum Participants: 25

By the end of this course, participants will be able to define Motivational Interviewing, describe the stages of change and how they relate to Motivational Interviewing, list and describe the principles underlying MI, and list and implement the five early strategies of Motivational Interviewing while demonstrating reflective listening techniques.

Motivational Interviewing 101 and must be completed before taking our Motivational Interviewing course 201

Motivational Interviewing 201

Credit Hours: 8 Alcohol & Drug Specific  |  Maximum Participants: 25

By the end of this course, participants will be able to engage with clients to receive information about their personal lives, including dilemmas and values related to behavior change. MI 201 will give participants tools to focus clients on changes they are willing to explore. They will develop skills on how to elicit client motivation through the exploration of ambivalence. Participants will learn how to help clients make a plan to determine goals and carry out any beneficial enhancement of change talk. Participants by the end of MI 201 will be able to demonstrate the four processes of Motivational Interviewing.

Related to Outreach

AIDS Outreach in the Community

Credit Hours: 7 Alcohol & Drug Specific  |  Maximum Participants: 25

By the end of this course, participants will be able to describe the primary purposes and goals of outreach, clearly communicate their roles and functions as outreach workers to residents when entering a community, and identify ways to obtain information about target communities. Participants will also practice interpersonal communication skills and develop a one-on-one approach to educating street contacts about HIV/AIDS. Participants will also identify the impact of drug abuse and addiction in target communities, and identify the unique challenges for effective prevention education. Participants will be able to implement a decision-making model to respond appropriately to typical crisis that arise during outreach. They will also identify several common community outreach challenges that can compromise the outreach worker’s credibility and strategies to effectively handle these challenges. This training is appropriate for both new and veteran outreach workers.

Outreach 201: Capacity Building, Workforce Development, & Cultivating the Community

Credit Hours: 7 Alcohol & Drug Specific  |  Maximum Participants: 25

By the end of this course, participants will be able to identify four ways to integrate into any community and techniques to reach out to specific populations. They will also be able to define advocacy and implement skills in order to become an advocate as well as build coalitions in the community. Participants will also discuss principles and tools of harm reduction and how to apply harm reduction tools effectively. Finally, participants will be able to apply a model of self-care in order to combat burn out and increase their accountability in the workplace.

Harm Reduction Now: A Toolbox of Strategies for Addressing Sexual Behavior and Drug Use/Abuse

Credit Hours: 8 Alcohol & Drug, HIV/AIDS  |  Maximum Participants: 30

Special Note: This training is not intended to promote drug and alcohol use and/or sexual behaviors that might place a person at risk for HIV, other diseases, or generally put them in harm’s way. Rather, the information presented here is intended to provide additional tools for a provider’s “toolbox “ to help them to better address the structural, biomedical, and behavioral change aspects of drug and alcohol abuse and the high-risk sexual behaviors of clients. This course acknowledges that different communities may find some tools more or less useful than others as they work with diverse clients around these challenging issues.

The writers of this curriculum also want to remind and encourage all providers to be clear about their roles and their professional ethics when working with clients. Providers should also work with their supervisors and organizational structures to understand the policies and the context of the agency and the goals of their programs.

Please further note the views expressed in this training do not necessarily reflect those of the Texas Department of State Health Services or their funders.

Required by Agency, Licensure, or Funding Requirements

The Ethics of HIV Disease and Addictions Counseling

Credit Hours: 3 Alcohol & Drug Related, Ethics  |  Maximum Participants: 25

By the end of this course, participants will be able to define ethics as it pertains to counseling, identify three reasons why professional ethics are important in counseling, and describe at least three principles basic to ethics in counseling. They will also be able to identify at least three common ethical challenges in counseling and describe ways of overcoming each of those challenges, discuss laws governing confidentiality, and finally apply a five-step ethical decision-making process to different scenarios representing common ethical dilemmas in counseling.

HIV Early Intervention Case Management: Connecting Clients to Care

Credit Hours: 7 Alcohol & Drug  |  Maximum Participants: 25

By the end of this course, participants will be able to define and identify the principles and values of case management and the role of an HEI Case Manager. They will also be able to implement skills related to preparing for and assessing a client in order to create a coordinated service plan. Finally, participants will identify the challenges and benefits of coordinating care, monitoring client progress and quality assurance measures related to case management. This training intends to provide case managers with transferable skills so they can better serve clients with substance use, HIV/AIDS, mental health and other related challenges. 

The entire training lasts a total of 7 hours. No partial credit will be given for incomplete courses. Certificates of Completion will be awarded to participants at the end of the training. Continuing Education Units are provided for Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors, Licensed Professional Counselors and Social Workers. Sponsors may apply for other types of credits.

Webinars

HIV/AIDS Update

Credit Hours: 3 Alcohol & Drug Related, HIV/AIDS  |  Maximum Participants: 50

By the end of this course, participants will be able to describe global, national, and local trends related to HIV/AIDS, discuss developments in prevention, testing and treatment, and identify issues for persons dealing with substance use and HIV. This course reviews the latest statistical information related to HIV/AIDS from the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control, and Texas Department of State Health Services. Trends are examined in the larger context of health disparities currently impacting communities. This course discusses the advantage and challenges related to new methods of prevention and advancements in testing and treatment. This training takes a special look at the connections between HIV and substance use and considers approaches for those clients struggling with the diseases of HIV/AIDS and addiction. 

Ethics of HIV Disease & Addictions Counseling

Credit Hours: 3 Alcohol & Drug Related, Ethics  |  Maximum Participants: 40

By the end of this course, participants will be able to define ethics as it pertains to counseling, identify three reasons why professional ethics are important in counseling, and describe at least three principles basic to ethics in counseling. They will also be able to identify at least three

common ethical challenges in counseling and describe ways of overcoming each of those challenges, discuss laws governing confidentiality, and finally apply a five-step ethical decision-making process to different scenarios representing common ethical dilemmas in counseling.

Hep C (A&B): Basic Knowledge

Credit Hours: 3 Alcohol & Drug  |  Maximum Participants: 60

By the end of this course, participants will be able to describe the basic functions of a healthy liver and the important role it plays in our lives, and be able to define Hepatitis and Hepatitis C. They will also be able to exhibit increased knowledge and comprehension of the Hepatitis C disease process, transmission routes, testing, treatment, and prevention. Finally, participants will be able to explain how substance use affects a person with Hepatitis C, and identify the connection between HIV and Hepatitis C. This training also offers a basic overview of the other Hepatitis viruses, and includes ways to advocate for clients who have Hepatitis C. 

Tuberculosis: What Every Counselor Should Know

Credit Hours: 3 Alcohol & Drug Related, HIV/AIDS  |  Maximum Participants: 40

By the end of this course, participants will be able to define tuberculosis (TB) and explain how it is transmitted; distinguish differences between TB infection and TB disease and describe global, national and local trends related to tuberculosis. They will also be able to identify multiple links between HIV/AIDS, substance use and tuberculosis and discuss developments in testing, treatment and prevention. This training also examines how counselors can help their clients who may have TB and how they can protect themselves from infectious tuberculosis.

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