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

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

Revised 2024

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 (NBCC Hours - 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:  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.

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CE Credits:
6 (NBCC Hours - 6)

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