Improve Your Practice and Help Your Community: Become a Volunteer HIV Trainer!

The American Psychological Association’s HIV Office for Psychology Education (HOPE) Program seeks doctoral-level psychologists to become volunteer regional HIV/AIDS mental health trainers. Candidates should have HIV-related research, clinical, and training experience.

This program is funded under a 5-year contract (280-09-0290) with the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) of the Substance Abuse and Mental Heath Services Administration (SAMHSA).

  • Selected applicants will receive continuing education (CE) credits for participating in the online orientation program, offered in Fall 2010.

  • Volunteer trainers will use the HOPE Program’s state-of-the-science training materials to train mental health providers in their region.

  • Volunteer trainers selected for the program must commit to training at least 30 mental health professionals in 3 years.

  • HOPE Program staff will assist volunteer trainers in fulfilling their commitment by offering training design, marketing, and promotion.

Benefits for Psychologist Trainers

  • Deeper understanding of HIV-related mental health service delivery

  • Improved training skills

  • State-of-the-science training resources

  • Access to a national network of HIV/AIDS–related mental health providers

  • Recognition as an APA HOPE Program HIV/AIDS trainer

  • Opportunities to be a regional leader in training other psychologists and mental health professionals in the psychological needs of people with HIV

  • Opportunity to collect fees for training events you offer

  • Opportunity to provide CE credits to those you train

Application Process

Complete the online application, which includes submission of your vita and a letter that outlines your HIV-related clinical, research, and training experiences. The application can be found online

Applications must be received by June 1, 2010.
Qualified applicants will be chosen to reflect the diversity of the AIDS epidemic in terms of gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and populations served. Notification of selection will be made by July 15, 2010.

For more information, visit APA's HOPE Program. For questions, or to request a paper application, contact David DeVito, HOPE Program Training Director by e-mail or at 202-216-7603.