Partner Services and Program Support courses are designed for federal, state, and local public health professionals, especially those working in STD/HIV prevention programs as well as those working in community-based organizations. Several courses focus on training to help develop the skills of disease intervention specialists and prevention counselors; other courses are designed to support STD and HIV prevention programs at state, local, and community levels. Courses range from 1 day to 1 week, and experiential leaming under the guidance of qualified preceptors is integral to all the course offerings.
Using Social Networks: A Recruitment Strategy for Counseling, Testing and Referral (SNS): The goals of this two-day training are to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of how to utilize social networks as a recruitment strategy for Counseling, Testing and Referral (CTR) and to develop the knowledge and skills needed to successfully implement SNS for CTR in HIV/STD prevention agencies. SNS allows agencies to reach highest-risk persons; hard-to-reach communities and HIV infected individuals who are unaware of their status by building on existing relationships of trust, in turn creating positive responses to HIV testing messages. At the end of the training, participants will be able to differentiate SNS from other activities, explain the phases of the SNS, describe the benefits of SNS to reach people at high risk for infection, and develop a plan for implementation.
Recommended participants: staff of agencies interested in implementing SNS (recommend 1 project manager/coordinator and 1 implementation staff member), and state contract monitoring and/or technical assistance staff and one person who is responsible for monitoring and/or providing technical assistance.
Additional Course Offerings
NOTE: Contact the individual training centers for specifics about their additional course offerings
Concepts of Cultural Competence: This two-day course is designed to define cultural competence and explain the role cultural competence has in providing effective HIV prevention services. The course defines the issues of racism, stereotyping, prejudice, culture, class, taboos, ethnocentrism, power and privilege and also provides the basic foundation of building individual cultural competence. It will introduce participants to the skills necessary to begin a cultural dialogue so that they can better understand the impact of culture on risk. It will challenge participants to examine their own views and listen openly to the views of others. Participants will identify personal biases, understand how biases are formed and increase their level of comfort in addressing bias-related issues. The class also incorporates interpersonal reflection surrounding participant attitudes and biases. The class does not address differences in language, values, beliefs, customs or traditions within various racial or ethnic groups or communities.
Men Having Sex with Men: HIV Prevention Issues For Service Providers (MSM): This one-day course will help HIV prevention service providers become more effective in working with and understanding some of the HIV prevention issues of men who have sex with men (MSM). It reviews basic information on sexual development and orientation and discusses HIV risk factors and barriers to prevention including – sexual risk factors, substance use, and social discrimination and cultural issues. It is recommended that participants attend Concepts of Cultural Competence prior to attending this course.
Identifying and Screening for Mental Health Issues (MH): This one-day course is designed to assist HIV prevention service providers identify clients in need of mental health services. Since mental health issues, including substance use, can add to HIV risk-taking behaviors and perceptions, it is important that service providers be able to effectively identify and refer those in need of additional services. Participants are trained to use the validated Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Symptoms Screener (SAMISS), which was developed specifically for clients who are at risk for HIV or for clients who are living with HIV.
Fundamentals of Street Safety (FOSS): This one-day, interactive, skill-building course is for public health professionals who are involved in field work, such as Disease Intervention Specialists (DIS) or community outreach workers. Participants experience situations associated with basic safety principles, interpersonal communications and problem solving.
Chlamydia Partner Management for Family Planning Providers: This 1-day course assists family planning staff to facilitate a client-centered discussion of Chlamydia infection and appropriately answer client concerns around partners. Discussion of key client motivators in explaining the benefits of partner referral to clients is addressed and also features information about all sex partner notification options, with an emphasis on client self-referral of partners for examination and treatment.
Partner Services and Referral for Health Care Professionals: The 1 to 3-day course is designed to enable health care professionals, especially in rural health care settings, to develop the skills, knowledge and techniques to better elicit, notify and refer sex partners of clients infected with STDs or HIV infection. This course is also available as a training-of-trainers for STD/HIV prevention program staff interested in obtaining the skills and materials needed to present this course independently in their local site. This course can be accomplished through distance learning methods using self-paced modules, or presented on-site as a classroom training. Students skills are evaluated through videotaped role plays scenarios, and through pre- and post-course testing. Feedback is provided for both training settings. The 16-hour course on STD partner elicitation/notification can be expanded to 24 hours to include instruction on partner elicitation/notification for patients infected with HIV infection.
Training/Operations for Safety Around Field Encounters (TOPSAFE): This 2-day interactive skill-building course is for public health professionals who are involved in fieldwork, such as full-time Disease Intervention Specialists or community outreach workers. Participants experience situations associated with basic safety principles, interpersonal communications, and problem solving. This course also is available in a self-study format.
Fundamentals of Sexually Transmitted Disease Intervention (Fund of ISTDI)-SPANISH ONLY
This 5-day course designed for counselors, managers of staff who conduct partner services, public health nurses, or other prevention workers who need comprehensive partner service skills. Focusing on gonorrhea and chlamydia, this class will cover interview periods, communication, assertiveness, problem solving, the STD interview format, field investigations, partner notification and referral, and a brief overview of case management. This course does not provide in-depth syphilis case management or visual case analysis.