7 CE Credits/Hours - Online Course - $69.00
Developed by Tom Smith, Ph.D.
Course fulfills the HIV/AIDS requirement for LPCC first-time license renewal in California.
This course includes materials consisting of:
General Course Description
In this beginning to intermediate level course, the focus is on the assessment and treatment of HIV/AIDS with an emphasis on counseling. The student will gain the essential knowledge to assess and treat people infected with HIV or who have AIDS. It covers the basics of the current information about HIV/AIDS, including definition, transmission, types of virus, how a person becomes infected, progression, evidence that HIV causes AIDS and how, and the origin of HIV/AIDS. Prevention concerns are addressed recognizing special populations.
How HIV/AIDS patients are treated medically is explained along with how to care for them. Most pertinently, the course discusses counseling and psychotherapy with HIV/AIDS patients. It focuses on counselor roles, key issues, client centered counseling, family issues, mental health disorders, legal (discrimination and stigma) issues and finally, end-of-life issues. AIDS is still considered a terminally ill disease. The course concludes with a brief discussion of Growing old with HIV/AIDS.
This course will teach psychotherapists to:
1. Summarize the current basic information about HIV/AIDS, including definition, transmission, types of virus, how a person becomes infected, progression, evidence that HIV causes AIDS and how, and the origin of HIV/AIDS.
2. Describe how HIV and AIDS are treated and the many drug therapies available.
3. Identify what drugs are currently used to treat HIV/AIDS.
4. Explain how to care for someone with HIV and AIDS.
5. Describe the importance of prevention efforts of HIV disease infection and the special populations that are vulnerable to infection.
6. Discuss the role of the therapist in counseling those with HIV, including how to implement "client-centered" counseling, identify key issues in counseling and how to address family issues, mental health disorders, legal issues surrounding discrimination and stigma and end-of-life issues.
7. State the basic issues about growing old with HIV/AIDS.
COUNSELING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY FOR HIV PATIENTS
GROWING OLD WITH HIV/AIDS