Programs and Training Opportunities
Behavioral and Social Science Volunteer (BSSV) Program
The BSSV Program is a national HIV prevention technical assistance program directed by the APA Office on AIDS. The BSSV Program, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has established a national network of behavioral and social science volunteers to assist with HIV prevention efforts in their communities. This national network of psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, public health experts, social workers, and others is organized to offer free and ongoing technical assistance to community-based organizations (CBOs), health departments, and HIV-prevention community planning groups (CPGs) that want evidence-based prevention for their communities.
HIV Office for Psychology Education (HOPE) Program
The HOPE Program utilizes a train-the-trainer model to educate mental health providers about working with people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. The HOPE Program develops and pilot tests HIV/AIDS training curricula and then recruits and trains trainers to use these curricula in educating mental health providers across the country. The HOPE Program has trained and certified more than 490 Trainers to deliver interactive workshops for mental health providers in their area. These trainers have in turn provided HOPE curriculum training in their communities to more than 27,000 mental health professionals.
In 2012, a Memorandum of Understanding was executed between APA and BET. The goals of this partnership are to develop and implement two evidence-based materials/products focused on sexual health, dating/sexual relationships, and HIV/AIDS.
The Cyber Mentors Program: A Sustainable Model for Developing Minority HIV Researchers
This program, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), is designed to prepare behavioral and social scientists for successful independent research careers in the area of HIV/AIDS and health disparities.
End of Life Issues and Care
Includes education and training, policy and advocacy, APA publications, and APA governance reports related to end of life issues and care.
Integration of Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and HIV Prevention Care
A resource center for current research, valid and reliable mental health and substance abuse screening instruments, integration best practices, and fact sheets. It serves the needs of HIV prevention, mental health, and substance abuse providers with the anticipation of guiding direct providers towards a more comprehensive and integrated approach.