This four and a half (4½) day course focuses extensively on communication and counseling skills to help risk reduction specialists (RRS) make information meaningful to clients in order to facilitate behavior change. The protocol is used as a tool to guide the discussion with the client about: his/her risk(s) as it relates to HIV/STD/HCV, his/her most recent risk and the development of a risk reduction step. There are protocols for the various types of sessions: initial, follow-up negative results, follow-up positive results (HIV and/or HCV) and Rapid HIV Test protocols for initial, follow-up negative results, and preliminary positive results. The course is developed to allow participants time to role-play sessions using the majority of the protocols to ensure a reasonable comfort level with the protocols before using them with clients.
Participants will need to have the technical information (immune system, epidemiology, etc) prior to attending this course. The on-line Foundations Pre-course provides the basics of disease transmission, prevention and testing provides this foundation. The Foundations Pre-Course should be completed 3 business days prior to the first day of Protocol Based Counseling.
The prerequisite of this course is the Foundations Pre-Course & Comprehensive HIV/STD & Viral Hepatitis Prevention Training
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