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Materials for Public Health Strategy - CRCS

CDC's Procedural Guidance for CBOs (August 2009)

The CDC's Procedural Guidance for CBOs was updated and revised in April 2006, in January 2008 and again in August 2009. Procedural Guidance for Public Health Strategies provided below:

Implementation Planning and Program Objectives Tools

Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Key Activities

Information About Obtaining CRCS Training

For registration information for attending CRCS and CRCS stage-based trainings, please visit the Training Calendar on effectiveinterventions.org and select CRCS (for Counselors) under All Interventions and Courses.

 
Comprehensive Risk Counseling and Services (CRCS) for Counselors:

Course Description 

This three-day skills-based training on the HIV Comprehensive Risk Counseling and Services (CRCS) Process includes an overview of the CRCS model; the role of CRCS counselors; legal and ethical issues; cultural competence; theories that underlie CRCS; program components and standards; and tasks involved in the CRCS core elements of recruitment, engagement, screening, enrollment, assessment, prevention planning, risk-reduction counseling, active coordination of referrals, monitoring and reassessment, and discharge planning.

Audience

STD/HIV health professionals who plan to provide or are already providing HIV Comprehensive Risk Counseling and Services (CRCS). 

Objectives

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:
  • Define CRCS and distinguish it from other HIV prevention programs, activities and interventions; 
  • Describe the 7 core elements of CRCS and how they work together;
  • Describe various methods for recruiting and retaining CRCS clients;
  • Explain the importance of collaborations between a CRCS program and other agencies and services;
  • Conduct a comprehensive assessment of a client's HIV/STD behavioral risks and use this information to construct a client-centered prevention plan;
  • Use risk reduction counseling techniques to support a client in behavioral change; and
  • Use CRCS documentation tools to track client's progress toward risk reduction goals.
Prerequisite: None.

Length of Course: 3 days 

Stage-Based Comprehensive Risk Counseling and Services (CRCS) for Counselors:

Course Description

This four-day training delivered by the Center for Health & Behavioral Training (CHBT) provides participants with a framework for delivering effective Comprehensive Risk Counseling & Services (CRCS) to HIV positive and high-risk HIV negative clients, who are experiencing multiple, complex issues. This course includes a comprehensive one-day overview of CRCS followed by three days of intensive skills-based training for conducting risk reduction sessions. The Stages of Change theory is the foundation for the risk-reduction counseling strategy presented in training. Participants will practice delivering a variety of stage-appropriate behavioral change strategies for CRCS clients. 

Audience

Public health providers, CBO service providers, health educators, counselors and other human service personnel who provide education, counseling, and case management services for clients living with HIV/AIDS. 

Objectives

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:
  • Define Comprehensive Risk Counseling and Services (CRCS);
  • Describe the tenets and goals of CRCS;
  • Compare CRCS to other prevention activities;
  • Explain how CRCS coordinates with Ryan White Case Management;
  • Identify factors that influence effectiveness of CRCS programs;
  • Identify legal, ethical, and cultural considerations of CRCS;
  • To have participants examine their personal values and how these values may affect their CRCS work; and
  • Describe the core elements and procedures of CRCS. 
Prerequisite: None 

Length of Course: 4 days

Comprehensive Risk Counseling and Services (CRCS) for Program Managers:

Course Description
(This course is delivered under CDC's HIV Prevention Counseling Course Series


After completing this course, program managers will have the knowledge and skills they need to successfully implement and manage Comprehensive Risk Counseling and Services (CRCS) in their agencies. The curriculum covers techniques that are essential for program management, and managing and hiring staff. The topics include: essential components of CRCS; instruction on how to write policies and procedures; recruitment, engagement and retention strategies; screening and assessment; the HIV Prevention Plan as a management tool; client-centered HIV risk reduction counseling; task analysis for quality assurance and hiring; GANTT charts for project management; creation and management of systems for linkages and referrals; quantitative elements of project management (significance of data collection); and problem solving. 

Audience

Those responsible for supervising or managing Comprehensive Risk Counseling and Services (CRCS) Programs

Goal

Provide program managers with the knowledge and skills they need in order to successfully implement and manage a Comprehensive Risk Counseling and Services (CRCS) Program. 

Objectives

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:
  • List the core elements of CRCS;
  • Describe how to develop policies for CRCS;
  • Identify strategies for assuring that services and meet the needs of stakeholders;
  • Discuss two ways to track and follow-up referrals;
  • Create a plan for implementing quality assurance measures;
  • Develop an individualized action plan for managing the CRCS program.
Length of Course: 3 days

Review additional course descriptions for CDC's HIV Prevention Counseling Course Series.