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Advanced Motivational Training - Applying the Four Process
(1 day)

This one-day training is designed for non-clinical providers working with clients presenting with high risk behaviors and/or those who are HIV positive. This course builds on the basic core communication skills of Motivational Interviewing (MI) and provides an overview of the four processes of the MI approach.  Participants will have an opportunity to practice each of the processes and utilize MI tools and techniques to help clients move in the direction of changing risky behaviors.

Objectives – at the conclusion of this training, participants will have increased capacity to:

  • Describe the 4 processes of Motivational Interviewing.
  • Describe and practice the core skills of engaging with a client.
  • Identify and practice the steps of focusing with a client.
  • Address ambivalence and elicit motivations and change talk with a client.
  • Develop a plan for behavior change with a client.

Prerequisite: It is strongly recommended that participants have previous knowledge of basic HIV/AIDS information and harm reduction, as well as a basic understanding of MI and the core communication skills used in MI.

Mar 1, 2017 Syracuse, NY $0.00 Class Information
Mar 1, 2017 Syracuse, NY $0.00 Class Information
Antiretroviral Treatment and Access to Services (ARTAS)
(2.5 days)

The goal of this two and a half day training is to prepare experienced HIV case managers to implement ARTAS successfully with clients who are recently diagnosed with HIV.

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

  • Summarize the intervention.
  • Summarize the key components of the five client sessions.
  • Describe the core elements.
  • Name the key characteristics.
  • Demonstrate skills necessary to complete the five client sessions:
  • Conduct a strengths assessment
  • Create a client session plan using SMART objectives
  • Prepare a client for transition, regardless if they linked to care or not
  • Debrief after a medical appointment
  • Describe the differences between strengths-based case management and traditional case management.
  • Examine the similarities and differences between ARTAS, Ryan White Case Management, and Comprehensive Risk Counseling and Services (CRCS).
Mar 30-31, 2017 Syracuse, NY $0.00 Class Information
Harm Reduction Approach Overview
(1 day)

This one-day course will provide health and human service providers with a comprehensive overview of Harm Reduction.  Harm reduction is a practical set of strategies designed to prevent disease and promote health by “meeting people where they are” rather than making judgments about where they should be in terms of their personal health and lifestyle. Recognizing that not everyone is ready or able to stop risky behavior, harm reduction focuses on promoting ways to reduce the health risks associated with drug use and other high risk behaviors. This course will assist providers in more effectively engaging their clients in a range of interventions to reduce the risk of harm.


As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Define the key principles of harm reduction;
  • Identify at least three attitudes they have about using a harm reduction approach;
  • Explore the harm reduction premise that the client is the expert and is responsible for choosing the type and timing of behavior change ;
  • List a range of harm reduction options for substance use behaviors;
  • Identify a range of harm reduction options for sexual behaviors;
  • Describe ways in which they can incorporate harm reduction skills into their relationships with clients;
  • Practice identifying relevant approaches and barriers to using harm reduction techniques with their clients.

Prerequisite: None

Audience: All non-physician health and human services providers; peer educators; and anyone in the general public with an interest in HIV/AIDS.

Mar 27, 2017 Rochester, NY $0.00 Class Information
Targeted Recruitment to Promote HIV Testing
(1 day)

This one-day training is intended to increase non-clinical health and human service provider's capacity to design well-informed targeted recruitment strategies. Recruitment strategies addressed in this training will focus on identifying and engaging persons who are at high risk and with unknown HIV status, in HIV testing services.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Use quantitative data to be strategic in recruitment related to HIV testing;
  • Use qualitative data to be strategic in recruitment related to HIV testing;
  • Use qualitative methods to collect key information to better understand the targeted population;
  • Build trusting relationships with targeted population;
  • Understand the role of incentives and referrals; and
  • Determine if a recruitment plan is providing desired outcomes related to HIV testing.

Audience: All health and human services providers of agencies who plan and/or conduct recruitment activities for targeted HIV testing. 

Prerequisite: None.

Mar 10, 2017 Albany, NY $0.00 Class Information
Mar 29, 2017 Rochester, NY $0.00 Class Information
Webinar-LGBT Cultural Competency
(1 day)

This two hour webinar is designed to build the knowledge, attitudes and skills needed to enable non-physician health and human services providers to deliver culturally competent services to the diverse range of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) clients they serve.  This interactive training will help providers identify best practices for creating a welcoming and safe environment for LGBTQ clients.  It will also help participants identify communication skills needed for effective engagement of the wide range of LGBTQ clients at risk for, or living with, HIV, STIs or Hepatitis C.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • define various gender and sexuality terminologies, including identities and concepts, used in LGBTQ communities.
  • differentiate sex, gender identity and recognize the sexual orientation as their own distinct concepts and that they exist on a continuum.
  • distinguish between various forms of oppression experienced by LGBTQ people and how these levels are interconnected.
  • understand the concepts of unexamined privilege and its relationship with oppression.
  • reflect on and identify one’s own privileges and types of oppression in professional settings and how their privilege/oppression affects their client/provider relationship.
  • define social determinants of health
  • identify reasons why LGBTQ people are disproportionately at risk based on social determinants of health
  • recognize specific LGBTQ health disparities among various LGBTQ subpopulations.
  • describe protective factors for LGBTQ people that counter health risks.
  • identify strategies that organizations/agencies can adopt or create to ensure safe and welcoming environment for LGBTQ clients/patients and staff.

Prerequisite:  Additional trainings are not required to attend this course.

Target Audience:  This training is for non-clinical health and human service providers who work with LGBTQ clients or patients.

Apr 10, 2017 Rochester, NY $0.00 Class Information
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