HIV/STD/Hepatitis Training Opportunities

Rapid HIV Test Training Course

Purpose: The CDC on-line “Rapid HIV Testing Training Course” will offer an opportunity for HIV Prevention Providers working in non-clinical settings to gain knowledge and skills on administering rapid HIV testing.  Rapid HIV Testing will allow providers greater reach into places where HIV testing has not been available.

The on-line course has four modules:

    1. Overview and Introduction to Rapid HIV Testing
    2. Safe Work Practices and Specimen Collection for Rapid HIV Testing
    3. Quality Assurance and Quality Control in a Rapid HIV Testing Environment
    4. HIV Prevention Counseling and Providing Rapid HIV Test Results

This training is a requirement for staff at agencies that are directly funded by MDH/CDC to implement HIV testing—staff may access this course online or be taught in person by a waived rapid testing Certified CDC Trainer, or a combination of both. This course will also benefit any provider new to rapid HIV testing.

Prerequisites:  Participants are expected to have a basic foundation of knowledge of HIV transmission and prevention. Grantees of MDH/CDC must complete Fundamentals of HIV Prevention Counseling, HIV Test Results, and HIV Testing Data and Bloodborne Pathogen Training before conducting un-supervised testing sessions (the first two are open trainings and available to all providers).

Registration is available online through the HIP eLearning Center Website. For more information, download Rapid HIV Testing On-Line Training Course (PDF: 193KB/1 page)

Requirements for MDH funded agencies: Agency must keep copies of staff training certificates of completion on file for all staff conducting HIV testing. Additionally, e-mail a copy of staff training certificates of completion to the MDH CTR Coordinator.

Fundamentals of HIV Prevention Counseling (1 day course)

Purpose: This one day workshop has been designed to improve the ability of providers in a variety of settings to support individuals in making behavior changes that will reduce their risk of acquiring or transmitting HIV.  Skills for administering risk assessments for HIV and STD testing will be learned and practiced. This training is a requirement for staff at agencies that are directly funded by MDH to implement HIV testing. This course will also benefit counselors, nurses, street outreach workers and social workers in a variety of settings such as family planning/community clinics, STD clinics, HIV testing clinics, chemical dependency programs and correctional institutions. Participants are expected to have a basic foundation of knowledge of HIV transmission and prevention.

Prerequisites:  Participants are expected to have a basic foundation of knowledge of HIV transmission and prevention.

Date - Time:
December 8, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
at
St. Paul Ramsey County Public Health
The Bluffs Room
90 Plato Boulevard West, Suite 200,
St. Paul, MN 55107

Fee: No cost for MDH funded grantees to attend. If not an MDH grantee, the cost is $35.00. Seven (7) CEUs offered. Please register as soon as possible.

Registration:
MDH funded agencies
Non-funded organizations

For questions contact Nancy Petschauer, Minnesota Department of Health, (651) 201-4033 or e-mail.

HIV Test Results (1 day course)

Purpose: This one day course will benefit staff that perform HIV testing and provide results to clients. This workshop builds on the skills acquired during the “Fundamentals of HIV Prevention Counseling” workshop. The course will discuss the HIV Counseling, Testing and Referral Guidelines and indications for routine and/or targeted testing. In addition, it will address the issues of clients who receive positive or negative HIV test results. 

This training is a requirement for staff at agencies that are directly funded by MDH to implement HIV testing.  The “Fundamentals of HIV Prevention Counseling” course is a prerequisite.  Participants are expected to have a basic foundation of knowledge of HIV transmission and prevention. 

Date - Time:
December 9, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
at
St. Paul Ramsey County Public Health
The Bluffs Room
90 Plato Boulevard West, Suite 200,
St. Paul, MN 55107

Fee: No cost for MDH funded grantees to attend. If not an MDH grantee, the cost is $35.00. Seven (7) CEUs offered. Please register as soon as possible.

Registration:
MDH funded agencies
Non-funded organizations

For questions contact Nancy Petschauer, Minnesota Department of Health, (651) 201-4033 or e-mail.

HIV Testing Data and Bloodborne Pathogen Training (4 hour course)

This training is in two parts, part one provides guidance, instruction, and hands-on experience in filling out the HIV Testing System form required for agencies and providers funded by MDH and CDC to conduct HIV testing. Discussion will include information about the different testing technologies that are used in the field today and mandated reporting of new case diagnoses. Part two provides testing and needle exchange staff with their required annual OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens exposure control training.

Only grantees directly funded by CDC/MDH to do testing may take this training. There is no cost for this training, but participants must have completed the “Fundamentals of HIV Prevention Counseling” and “HIV Test Results” courses. Please register as soon as possible.

Date - Time:
December 10, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
at
St. Paul Ramsey County Public Health
The Bluffs Room
90 Plato Boulevard West, Suite 200,
St. Paul, MN 55107

Fee:  There is no cost but pre-registration is required.

Registration:
MDH funded agencies

For questions contact Nancy Petschauer, Minnesota Department of Health, (651) 201-4033 or e-mail.

HIV Instructor Training (non-MDH training)

This 2–day course prepares individuals to become community educators knowledgeable in HIV basics such as prevention, transmission, testing and HIV-related statutes and policies. Individuals will learn how to effectively communicate basic HIV messages in a sensitive, non-judgmental style using different strategies for various audiences. Participants will demonstrate their knowledge and gain public speaking skills through communication exercises. Participants will also gain tools and resources that can be used in providing HIV education in group settings.

The Minnesota AIDS Project coordinates a volunteer speakers’ bureau that provides certified instructors the chance to conduct HIV education in community settings such as chemical dependency treatment centers, colleges, social service agencies, and more. If you would like to become involved with this program, you must have completed the 2–day HIV Instructor Training to obtain certification. Your involvement in this program is voluntary and there is no time commitment required.

The cost of this training is $75. There are a limited number of partial scholarships available to individuals experiencing significant financial hardship.

The HIV Instructor Training is offered monthly. For more information on the course schedule, or to register, please contact the Community Education Coordinator.

HIV Professional Development Course (non-MDH training)

HIV Professional Development Course
This 1–day course is designed for individuals seeking an advanced training on HIV disease and information on how to provide competent and sensitive care for individuals living with HIV. This training is well suited for health and social service providers, professionals working in the HIV/STI/Hepatitis C fields, students pursuing degrees in social work, public health, nursing and other human service fields. This training is approved by the Minnesota Board of Social Work and Minnesota Nursing Board for 7 units of continuing education.

Training topics include:

  • National and local epidemiological updates on HIV infections broken down by geographic area, age, gender, race/ethnicity and risk category
  • Medical updates on HIV transmission, prevention, disease progression, testing and treatment advances
  • Overview of hepatitis C and sexually transmitted infections
  •  Strategies to address HIV-related professional boundaries, confidentiality laws and duty-to-warn considerations for providers working with HIV positive clients
  • How to assist clients through the HIV disclosure process
  • Co-occurring conditions: homelessness, aging, chemical dependency, mental illness and GLBT issues
  • State and local resources for HIV prevention programs and services for those living with HIV

The cost of this course is $75.00.
The HIV Professional Development Course is offered quarterly. If you would like to register for, or have questions regarding our HIV Professional Development Course, please contact the Community Education Coordinator.

 

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Updated Tuesday, December 09, 2014 at 01:02PM