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HIV and AIDS CE Course

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HIV and AIDS CE Course – Online CE Course

HIV and AIDS CE Course Objectives and Outline:

Course Objectives:

  1. Discuss at least one cause of HIV and AIDS.
  2. Identify at least two relevant statistics related to HIV/AIDS.
  3. Explain at least one treatment approach for people living with HIV/AIDS and a substance use disorder (SUD).
  4. Explain at least one treatment approach for people living with HIV/AIDS and a mental disorder.
  5. Describe at least one common stigma associated with HIV/AIDS.
  6. Describe at least one relevant behavioral health screening instrument.
  7. Discuss at least one way in which cultural competency can be incorporated into the treatment approach for people living with HIV/AIDS .

In addition to the course objectives listed above, this course addresses the following content areas related to HIV and AIDS:

  • Counseling theory and practice
  • Social and Cultural Foundations
  • Assessment
  • Professional practice issues
  • Wellness and prevention

Course Outline:

  1. Introduction
  2. Statistics and Epidemiology
  3. Prevention and Treatment of HIV Among People Living With Substance Use and/or Mental Disorders
  4. Guidance foe Selecting and Implementing Evidenced-based Practices
  5. HIV/AIDS, Mental Health, and Counseling
    1. Stigma
    2. Substance Use and HIV/AIDS
    3. Mental Illness and HIV/AIDS
    4. Trauma and HIV/AIDS
    5. Co-Occurring Disorders (CODs)
    6. Behavioral Health Screening Instruments
    7. Psychological Impact: Anxiety, Depression, & Suicidality
    8. Screening & Counseling Clients with HIV and SUDs
    9. Special Populations
    10. Individual Therapy Strategies
    11. Group Therapy Strategies
    12. Outpatient Treatment
    13. Counseling Terminally Ill Clients
    14. Issues for the Clinician (Case Studies, Referral, Linkages, Cultural Competency, Integrating Treatment Services)
  6. Human Trafficking and HIV/AIDS
  7. Resources
  8. References

Instructors: Nicole Hiltibran, MA, LMFT; Julie Campbell, Phd

Author: Nicole Hiltibran, MA LMFT – SAMHSACDCWHO

Nicole Hiltibran, MA LMFT has been in practice for over 20 years (for more details on Nicole Hiltibran’s credentials view our Principals page).  She wrote and compiled the information contained in this course from documents produced by SAMHSA, the CDC, and WHO


What is HIV?

HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It is the virus that can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome or AIDS if not treated. Unlike some other viruses, the human body can’t get rid of this virus completely, even with treatment. So once you get human immunodeficiency virus, you have it for life.

human immunodeficiency virus attacks the body’s immune system, specifically the CD4 cells (T cells), which help the immune system fight off infections. Untreated, human immunodeficiency virus reduces the number of CD4 cells (T cells) in the body, making the person more likely to get other infections or infection-related cancers. Over time, human immunodeficiency virus can destroy so many of these cells that the body can’t fight off infections and disease. These opportunistic infections or cancers take advantage of a very weak immune system and signal that the person has AIDS, the last stage of human immunodeficiency virus infection.

No effective cure currently exists, but with proper medical care, human immunodeficiency virus can be controlled. The medicine used to treat human immunodeficiency virus is called antiretroviral therapy or ART.  If people with human immunodeficiency virus take ART as prescribed, their viral load (amount of human immunodeficiency virus in their blood) can become undetectable. If it stays undetectable, they can live long, healthy lives and have effectively no risk of transmitting human immunodeficiency virus to an HIV-negative partner through sex. Before the introduction of ART in the mid-1990s, people with HIV could progress to AIDS in just a few years. Today, someone diagnosed with HIV and treated before the disease is far advanced can live nearly as long as someone who does not have human immunodeficiency virus.


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