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Training Info and Course Descriptions for CDC's HIV Prevention Counseling Course Series

For registration information for attending CDC's HIV Prevention Counseling Course Series, please visit theTraining Calendar on effectiveinterventions.org and select the desired course under All Interventions and Courses. Below are several counseling course descriptions.  

Assuring the Quality of HIV Prevention Counseling: Practical Approaches for Supervisors (QA)

Course Description
This three-day interactive skills-based training on Assuring the Quality of HIV Prevention Counseling is designed to provide program managers and supervisors with the knowledge and skills they need in order to successfully assure that high quality HIV prevention (risk reduction) counseling is provided in their programs.
After completing this course, supervisors will have the skills needed to assure the quality of HIV prevention counseling and the knowledge to apply the quality assurance recommendations of the Revised Guidelines for HIV Counseling, Testing, and Referral (November 2001). They will learn a quality assurance process for HIV Prevention counseling; review the guidelines’ recommendations; counseling concepts and skills; gain knowledge of a six step HIV prevention counseling protocol; and master supervisory approaches for the quality assurance activities of record review, individual and case conferences, direct observation and feedback. 

Audience
Those responsible for supervisor or managing Counseling, Testing and Referral (CTR) and/or Rapid HIV Testing (RT) Programs

Objectives
After this training participants will be able to:
  • Define quality assurance as it applies to HIV prevention counseling.
  • Identify three ways quality assurance is of value to the supervisor, counselor, agency, and community.
  • Identify the recommendation for quality assurance for HIV prevention counseling from the Revised CDC Counseling, Testing, and Referral Guidelines.
  • List the essential components of a process for quality assurance which can be used in HIV prevention counseling.
  • Identify the elements for effective HIV prevention counseling recommended in the Revised CDC Counseling, Testing, and Referral Guidelines.
  • Describe how assessment feedback and strategizing are used with regard to the quality assurance activities of: Record Review, Case Conferences, Direct Observation, Training, and Continuing Education.
  • Demonstrate skills as a supervisor in observing, providing feedback about and strategizing to improve consistency with standards for an HIV prevention counseling session.
Length of Course: 3 days

Comprehensive Risk Counseling and Services (CRCS) for Program Managers

Course Description
This three-day interactive skills-based training on Comprehensive Risk Counseling and Services for Program Managers is designed to 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. The curriculum for the course 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 polices 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

Objectives
After 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 meet the need 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

Planning, Implementing and Monitoring a CTR/Rapid HIV Testing Program (CTR-RT)

Course Description
This three-day interactive skills-based training on Planning, Implementing and Monitoring a CTR/Rapid HIV Testing Program is designed to provide the knowledge, skills and abilities needed by program managers to plan, implement, and monitor a Counseling, Testing and Referral (CTR) and Rapid HIV Testing (RT) program in a non-clinical setting. After completing this course, program managers and supervisors will have the skills necessary to conduct assessments to determine community and agency readiness to adopt rapid HIV testing.  They will also have the skills necessary to implement an HIV testing program, including rapid HIV testing, which includes meeting Federal and local CLIA regulations, policy development, staffing, and training plans.  Program Managers and supervisors will be prepared to provide high quality, well organized counseling, testing, and referral services in non-medical settings. The curriculum addresses techniques which are essential for managing programs as well as supervising and hiring staff.  The topics covered include: the roadmap for a CTR/RT program; instructions on how to write procedures and policies; group exercises on how to identify and manage CTR challenges; 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; and problem solving. 

Audience
Those responsible for supervising or managing Counseling, Testing and Referral (CTR) and/or Rapid HIV Testing (RT) Programs

Objectives
After this course, participants will be able to:
  • State two reasons why CTR is important for HIV prevention.
  • State two benefits of having a CTR program.
  • Identify two reasons why Quality Assurance measures are important in the implementation of a CTR/RT program.
  • Design an agency-specific CTR/RT implementation plan.
  • Identify the federal agencies that provide guidelines and regulations for CTR in nonclinical settings.
Length of Course: 3 days

Fundamentals of HIV Prevention Counseling, Training of Trainers (FHPC TOT)

Course Description
This four-day interactive skills-based training on the Fundamentals of HIV Prevention Counseling, Training of Trainers is designed to teach instructors how to teach service providers the following: a six-step protocol for providing HIV prevention counseling; how to incorporate HIV prevention counseling in the context of both rapid and conventional HIV testing, and how to deliver HIV test results. Completion of this course is the prerequisite for all other courses in this series. This course is also available for Spanish-speaking trainers.

Audience
HIV/STD prevention instructors who conduct stand up classroom training

Objectives
By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Examine the characteristics of how adults learn.
  • Examine the principles of adult education.
  • Define training vs. education.
  • Complete an assessment of personal learning styles.
  • Complete an assessment of personal training skills.
  • Demonstrate basic group facilitation skills.
  • Demonstrate how to deliver course content to HIV prevention service providers by conducting teach-backs. 
Prerequisite: Instructors taking this course must have taken CDC's Provider version of the "Fundamentals of HIV Prevention Counseling" course. 

Length of Course: 4 days

Fundamentals of Waived Rapid HIV Testing and Prevention Counseling, Training of Trainers (RT TOT)

Course Description
This three-day interactive skills-based training on the Fundamentals of Waived Rapid HIV Testing and Prevention Counseling, Trainer of Trainers is designed to teach instructors how to teach service providers how to conduct a Rapid HIV test, using testing technologies and how to incorporate the six-step protocol of HIV prevention counseling.  Instructors will learn how to teach others how to conduct a finger stick to collect a blood sample and to collect an oral sample.  Other topics will include giving preliminary positive test result or a negative test result, and explaining an invalid test by following CDC’s November 2001 Revised Guidelines for HIV Counseling, Testing, and Referral.  It is important that instructors taking this training already know how to conduct the test(s) they will be teaching in their jurisdiction.  This course is also available for Spanish-speaking instructors.

Audience
HIV/STD prevention instructors who conduct stand up classroom training

Objectives
At the end of the training, participants are prepared to teach HIV prevention service providers how to:

  • Demonstrate safe work practices. 
  • Identify the quality assurance (QA) steps required before, during, and after rapid HIV testing to assure accurate and reliable results. 
  • List the steps of the HIV prevention counseling protocol in conducting the rapid HIV test. 
  • Perform a waived rapid HIV test correctly. 
  • Demonstrate the integration of HIV prevention counseling into the rapid testing process.
  • Perform a finger stick and collect a blood sample. 
  • Collect an oral fluid sample. 
Prerequisite: Instructors taking this course must have taken or delivered CDC's "Fundamentals of HIV Prevention Counseling" course. 

Length of Course: 3 days

Partner Services, Training of Trainers (PS TOT)

Course Description 
This three-day interactive skills-based training on Partner Services, Training of Trainers is designed to teach instructors how to teach service providers working with HIV-infected clients to do the following: identify sex and needle-sharing partners; locate and notify partners of HIV exposure, and offer counseling, testing, and referral services. This course is also available for Spanish-speaking trainers.

Audience
HIV/STD prevention instructors who conduct stand up classroom training 

Objectives
By the end of this training, participants will be prepared to teach HIV prevention service providers to:

  • Use open-ended questions to obtain information.
  • Describe three benefits and concerns of PS from several viewpoints.
  • Describe five concepts essential to PS. 
  • Describe how a client's participation in PS is voluntary.
  • List six ways to protect the confidentiality of HIV-infected individuals and their partners.
  • Identify a breach of confidentiality.
  • List three principles of client-centered communication.
  • Describe three motivators that encourage a client to participate in PS. 
  • List the five PS steps for working with an infected individual. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct PS with an HIV-infected client.
  • List three field safety precautions.
  • List three ways to conduct investigative activities.
  • Demonstrate the ability through investigative activities, to locate a partner.
  • List the five PS steps of working with partners.
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct PS with a partner.
  • Discuss local and state laws relevant to PS. 
Prerequisite: Instructors taking this course must have taken or delivered CDC's "Fundamentals of HIV Prevention Counseling" course.

Length of Course: 3 days