The HIV Office for Psychology Education (HOPE) Program endeavors to enhance psychologists' ability to competently and compassionately respond to people infected and/or affected by HIV.
The HOPE Program is funded by a five-year contract (No. 280-09-0290) with the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The American Psychological Association (APA) Office on AIDS administers the HOPE Program’s network of HIV/AIDS Trainers.
HOPE Program Goals
The primary goals of the HOPE Program are to:
Improve HIV treatment and prevention services by educating psychologists and other mental health practitioners about effective and ethical ways to deliver mental health services to people with HIV/AIDS;
Increase the number of psychologists who work with persons living with HIV/AIDS and the number of psychologists who have specialized expertise in training mental health providers about delivering mental health services to people living with HIV/AIDS; and,
Improve HIV-related education for psychology students in graduate programs, professional schools, and internship programs.
To meet these goals, the APA HOPE Program conducts the following activities:
Deliver HIV-related mental health training to more than 1,800 psychologists and other mental health providers through HOPE Program trainings per year;
Train mental health providers on the Ethical Issues & HIV/AIDS: A Multi-Disciplinary Mental Health Services Curricula;
Provide technical assistance to HOPE Program trainers involved with developing and implementing HIV/AIDS workshops in their area; and
Develop new curricula that incorporate state-of-the-science knowledge associated with mental health care for persons living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.
Using a train-the-trainer model, the HOPE Program has trained and certified more than 490 HOPE Program volunteer trainers. These trainers have in turn delivered interactive HOPE curriculum training workshops to more than 29,000 mental health professionals since 1991.