This course contains excellent counseling and partner notification overviews.  This course may be used to meet HIV education requisites for nursing, clinical laboratory professionals, acupuncture professionals, dieticians, massage therapists, nursing home administrators, midwives, physical therapists and other complementary boards (see our approvals page for a listing of those boards.  This course provides general CE credits for mental health professionals

Available as a live course. Contact us for information.

Developed by: Karen Albig Smith, LMFT, LCAS, MAC, CAP, SAP, SAE

Revised 2018

Description:  This class endeavors to enhance practitioners’ ability to competently and compassionately respond to people infected and/or affected by HIV. The HIV/AIDS pandemic has changed radically in the recent ten years; we will describe these changes and new issues facing behavioral health professionals in working with affected individuals. The first module will present information defining the new challenges we face in prevention. The second module will update our incidence and prevalence information; cover the HIV classification system, HIV-2, and DHHS guidelines for treatment if HIV for adults, adolescents, and pregnant women. The third module will investigate the current information about special populations. The fourth module will provide an overview of the counseling, testing, and referral (CTR) prevention protocol. The fifth module covers counseling issues for treatment, the risk reduction model, and partner counseling. Our final module will close the program with information about ethical and legal concerns.

Note: If this is your first HIV Education course, please consider as an alternative, HIV Overview and HIV/AIDS and TB in the Substance Abuse Population which contain important background information for this course.

1.  Participants will be able to define primary and secondary prevention as it applies to the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
2.  Participants will be able to discuss the criteria for the classification of HIV illness, HIV types, and the purpose and uses of the DHHS guidelines.
3.  Participants will be able to identify populations affected by growing infection rates as well as overall incidence information across populations.
4.  Participants will be able to describe the counseling, testing, prevention. and referral protocol.
5.  Participants will be able to describe the elements of the risk reduction model, risk issues in partner counseling, and the physical and psychological effects of depression in HIV patients.
6.  Participants will be able to identify several areas of ethical and legal concerns for HIV/AIDS behavioral health services.

CE Credits:  6

Hour One:  Prevention challenges.
Hour Two:  Update on DHHS HIV classification system.
Hour Three:  Special populations.
Hour Four:  Counseling, testing, and referral protocol.
Hour Five:  Risk reduction, Partner counseling, Depression and HIV.
Hour Six:  Ethical and legal issues.

CE Broker#:  20-10039

Methods:  Pre-test, study guide, posttest and evaluation, internet sources via URLs, Q&A by email.

Content Area:  HIV/AIDS, Social and cultural foundations, Professional orientation/readiness, Client/family and community, Special populations/problems.

Purpose:  This program is developed to specifically provide content requirements for basic HIV/AIDS education as it pertains to the counseling and health care profession.

Target Audience:  Psychologists, school psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, licensed professional counselors, mental health counselors, nurses, employee assistance professionals, addiction professionals, behavioral health technicians, and other allied professionals.

Program Services Continuing Education is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Program Services Continuing Education maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Program Services is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. #5978
Social Work State Licensing Board Approval Information for Continuing Education: Program Services is directly approved in Florida and Alabama for Social Workers
States that accept Program Services credits because of our national approvals: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin 
Accepts Program Services credits because we hold another state SW board approval: Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia Cross-disciplinary
States with no specified requirements/limitations or self- submit after the fact Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Maine, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Wyoming, New Mexico 
Program Services credits not available for Social Work in these states: Hawaii, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana
National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) #86395
Florida Board of Nursing FBN #2456 CEBroker provider # 50-1651
Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling: BAP #162 CEBroker provider # 50-1651
Florida Board of Psychology. BAP#162 CEBroker provider # 50-1651
Florida Office of School Psychology. BAP#162 CEBroker provider # 50-1651
Florida Certification Board, Inc. #159A
Alabama State Board of Social Work Examiners #0339
Georgia Board of Nursing  CEBroker provider #50-1651
South Carolina Board of Nursing  CEBroker provider #50-1651
District Columbia Board of Nursing CEBroker provider #50-1651
Allied profession approvals can be found at

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