HIV Office for Psychology Education

The HOPE Program endeavors to enhance psychologists’ ability to competently and compassionately respond to people infected and affected by HIV

Building our volunteer trainer base talent and resources

The HIV Office for Psychology Education (HOPE) Program strengthened its training capacities by welcoming 45 new volunteer trainers at the conclusion of a training-of-trainers (TOT) in June. New trainer recruitment began in early 2012. Of those selected, 45 volunteers attended an intensive four-day TOT in Chicago.

Training-of-trainer participants experienced two new HOPE curricula: Short Term Evidence Based Counseling Intervention Tools for People Living with or at High Risk for HIV; and Integrating Mental Health and Substance Use Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment into HIV Prevention Activities.

HIV Office for Psychology EducationShort Term Evidence Based Interventions for People Living With or at High Risk for HIV is a new interactive curriculum for mental health clinicians introduces participants to evidence based behavior change tools for clients living with or at high risk for HIV. The intervention’s tools and individual counseling approach are designed to help clients develop skills necessary to maintain their health, reduce HIV and STD transmission, and improve the quality of their lives. These tools, draw from the evidence-based intervention entitled, Choosing Life: Empowerment! Action! Results! (CLEAR), can be easily adapted and integrated into ongoing clinical treatment. Participants in this workshop will systematically apply CLEAR tools to clinical case scenarios.

The target audience for Integrating Mental Health and Substance Use Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment into HIV Prevention Activities curricula is HIV prevention counselors and case managers working with people who are at high risk for HIV or HIV positive. Training participants will learn how to use the SAMISS screening tool to identify mental health and substance use issues that could create barriers to HIV prevention program participation and care, and learn how to assess and motivate clients with co-occurring disorders to engage in care and adhere to treatment. 

The recruitment and training of new trainers was made possible by a contract modification through our program’s funder, the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (contract number 280-09-0290). In response to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy unveiled by President Obama in July 2010, SAMHSA was fiscally and administratively positioned to establish contracts and grants to implement partnerships and address strategy goals. A modification to the HOPE Program’s base contract was made through SAMHA’s Minority AIDS Initiative Targeted Capacity Expansion (MAI—TCE), in October 2011. The purpose of the SAMHSA MAI-TCE Program is to facilitate the development and expansion of culturally competent and effective integrated behavioral health and primary care networks within racial and ethnic minority communities in the 12 U.S. cities most impacted by HIV/AIDS. 

Trainers certified in ethical issues & HIV/AIDS

HOPE hosted an Ethical Issues & HIV/AIDS: A Multi-Disciplinary Mental Health Services Curriculum training-of-trainers following the 2012 APA Annual Convention in Orlando, Fla.

The Ethical Issues and HIV/AIDS Curriculum is comprised of three curricula versions: 60/90 minute; two-hour and half-day. The systematic decision-making process on which the curricula are based, offers several advantages over less structured methods of ethical analysis. It requires clinicians to analyze cases from a variety of perspectives while carefully documenting each step of analysis, it serves to reduce impulsive judgments that frequently occur when therapists feel pressured to act quickly because they are worried about the possibility of HIV transmission or lawsuits. The curricula also helps to sharpen thinking and clarify the clinical issues at hand because it requires one to perform separate, sequenced analyses.
 
Karen Hye, a HOPE trainer from Philadelphia said at the completion of the TOT, “This helped me to solidify my knowledge about ethical dilemmas in HIV/AIDS while also assisting me in gaining the confidence to navigate the complexities of making an ethically sound decision.” 

More than 70 HOPE trainers across the country are certified to conduct an Ethical Issues & HIV/AIDS training.

HOPE trainers meet your training needs

HOPE trainers are uniquely positioned to adapt content to reach the needs of attendees and provide HIV and mental health training to your staff or students. Social workers, psychiatrists, medical doctors, nurses, school counselors and graduate students are just a few professions that appear on HOPE training attendee rosters.

The HOPE Program endeavors to enhance psychologists’ ability to competently and compassionately respond to people infected and affected by HIV. The HOPE Program boasts more than 155 active volunteer trainers who reside in 34 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. HOPE trainers use flexible topical modules to create individualized training events. Trainers conduct an extensive training needs assessment with staff at a training site. From this assessment, the trainer designs a unique didactic and interactive training with facilitated discussions and skills-building exercises to meet the needs of the audience. Training events are developed using the: HOPE Program Training Resource Package; or the Ethical Issues & HIV/AIDS Curriculum; or the Short Term Evidence Based Counseling Intervention Tools for People Living with or at High Risk for HIV curriculum; or Integrating Mental Health and Substance Use Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment into HIV Prevention Activities curriculum.

For more information: Let us know how the HOPE Program may help you address the needs of your practice and community. Visit our website for more information about the program, visit or contact David P. DeVito, training director, HOPE Program by email or by phone at (202) 216-7603.