Counselling someone about HIV/AIDS and someone affected by HIV/AIDS is different than other types of counselling. The goals of HIV/AIDS counselling are to promote behavior 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 counselor. An HIV/AIDS counselor must be comfortable discussing sexual practices of men, women and young people, discussing death and dying, 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 he /she 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 counselor;
• Explain importance of confidentiality;
• Explain essential concepts of HIV counseling;
• Describe the HIV Counselor’s roles and tasks;
• Identify the stages of counselling process and corresponding skills;
• Practice counseling skills;
• Describe steps in the behavior change process
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
HIV/AIDS Counselling Committee members within organizations, HR practitioners.
• Facts about HIV/AIDS;
• Behavior change;
• Basic counselling skills;
• Stages of counselling process;
• Essential counselling concepts;
• Exploring value-loaded statements;
• Goals of HIV/AIDS counselling;
• Qualities of an effective counsellor;
• HIV/AIDS confidentiality guidelines;
• Counselor’s personal resources;
• Care, coping and social support at the workplace;
• Psychological issues;
• Crisis counselling;
• Bereavement counselling.