Counselling someone about HIV/AIDS and someone affected by HIV are to promote behaviour change to prevent HIV infection and its transmission to other people and to give psycho-social support to those whose lives have been affected by HIV. Therefore, the counsellor is referred to as an HIV/AIDS counsellor. An HIV/AIDS counsellor must be comfortable discussing sexual practices of men, women and young people, discuss death, be able to recognize and accept people who have different opinions/values than their own, be non-judgmental, have thorough HIV/AIDS knowledge, be empathetic, be aware of resources to which they can refer the client when necessary, and be able to deal with the emotional challenges and stress.
HOW PARTICIPANTS WILL BENEFIT
At the end of the course, participants will be able to:
- Define counselling;
- Identify goals of HIV/AIDS counselling;
- Explain qualities and basic skills of an effective counsellor;
- Explain importance of confidentiality;
- Explain essential concepts of HIV counselling;
- Describe the HIV Counsellor's roles and tasks;
- Identify the stages of counselling process and corresponding skills;
- Practice counselling skills;
- Describe steps in the behaviour change process.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
HIV/AIDS Counselling Committee members within organizations, HR practitioners.TOPICS INCLUDE
- Facts about HIV/AIDS;
- Qualities of an effective counsellor;
- Behaviour change;
- HIV/AIDS confidentiality guidelines;
- Basic counselling skills;
- Counsellor's personal resources;
- Stages of counselling process;
- Care, coping and social support at the workplace;
- Essential counselling concepts;
- Exploring value-loaded statements;
- Psychological issues;
- Goals of HIV/AIDS counselling;
- Crisis counselling;
- Bereavement counselling.