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HIV Prevention Counseling Course Series Descriptions






HIV Disease: The Basic Facts E-Course (CSG-214)

This course contains a broad range of facts on HIV/AIDS presented in electronic format. The information in this course will focus on HIV-related terminology, the impact of HIV in New Jersey, stages of HIV disease, women and pediatric infection, HIV transmission, prevention and risk reduction, and basic testing issues. A knowledge based questionnaire with a passing score of 80% or above is required to pass this course.


Pre-Requisite:   Duration:
  • DHSTS Grantee
  On-line approx. 3.5 hours

note   Anyone who is planning to take additional courses in the HIV Prevention Counseling Course Series MUST successfully complete this course at least five business days prior to the course date.




Client-Centered Counseling (CSG-215)

Counseling and communication skills are the focus of this course that is designed to provide basic information for new counselors. Experienced counselors interested in a review of basic skills and concepts are also welcome. Topics include: attending skills, reflective listening, verbal and non-verbal communication, reframing, and counselor parameters. This course will also introduce the basic concepts of the Stages of Behavior Change.


Pre-Requisite:   Duration:
  • DHSTS Grantee
  • HIV Disease: The Basic Facts E-Course (CSG-214)
  1 Day

note   Appropriate for anyone working with individuals in a counseling setting. Must take this course to continue with the Series.




Risk Reduction Counseling (CSG-217)

This course will focus on building the skills necessary to provide effective risk reduction counseling by using case studies, role-plays and demonstrations. Participants will be presented the best approaches to assess client risks and develop appropriate and realistic risk reduction plans that are specific to the clients stage of behavior change. This course will assist Risk Reduction Counselors to identify unique circumstances, triggers, and barriers that affect an individual's ability to reduce risk and give them the skills to reduce their risk for acquiring or transmitting HIV.


Pre-Requisite:   Duration:
  • DHSTS Grantee
  • HIV Disease: The Basic Facts E-Course (CSG-214)
  • Client-Centered Counseling (CSG-215)
  1 Day

note   This course is specifically designed for counselors assisting clients with HIV prevention and is optional for those in other fields of HIV services.




HIV Counseling and Testing (CSG-218)

The topics of this course include: confidentiality and laws pertaining to HIV, window period for seroconversion, types of testing, informed consent, OraQuick Advance, reporting requirements for HIV/AIDS, disclosure, and partner notification. Through role-plays and case studies, participants will be provided strategies to assist clients in making a decision about HIV testing, give HIV test results clearly and directly, make referrals to prevention services as well as care and treatment of HIV, and elicit partner information for the purposes of partner notification. This course is specifically designed for counselors who will be directly involved in providing actual HIV testing services, providing HIV test results, and discussing options for the notification of sexual and injecting drug partners of HIV-infected individuals or those who supervise these activities.


Pre-Requisite:   Duration:
  • DHSTS Grantee
  • HIV Disease: The Basic Facts E-Course (CSG-214)
  • Client-Centered Counseling (CSG-215)
  • Risk Reduction Counseling (CSG-217) (For those conducting Enhanced Testing with RESPECT.)
  1 Day

note   This course is specifically designed for counselors who will be directly involved in providing actual HIV testing services, providing HIV test results, and discussing options for the notification of sexual and injecting drug partners of HIV-infected individuals or those who supervise these activities. Individuals will be screened for appropriateness.
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