- To increase participants’ knowledge of HIV/AIDS: virology, transmission, prevention, testing, treatment, and epidemiology.
To provide participants with:
- An overview of the virology of HIV/AIDS, including an understanding of the impact of HIV on the immune system.
- Accurate information about HIV transmission and prevention.
- An understanding of their role in promoting testing and supporting treatment.
- An opportunity to see the impact of HIV/AIDS locally, provincially, nationally and internationally.
HCV and HIV Coinfection
- To increase participants’ knowledge of Hepatitis C and how it impacts people co-infected with HIV.
To provide participants with:
- An overview of the virology of Hepatitis C, including an understanding of the impact on the liver.
- Accurate information about Hepatitis C transmission and prevention.
- An understanding of their role in encouraging accurate and complete testing for Hepatitis C.
- An understanding of the challenges and complexities of treatment.
- An understanding of the impact of Hepatitis C locally, provincially, nationally and internationally.
- To increase participants understanding of the philosophy and practices of Harm Reduction.
- To help participants gain a greater appreciation of the history, principles, and practices of a Harm Reduction approach.
- To engage participants in considering how a Harm Reduction framework could be incorporated into their work.
Disclosure and Legal Issues
- To increase participants’ understanding of the implications of the Legal and Public Health environment on people with HIV and their service providers.
- To encourage participants to think about issues relating to the disclosure of HIV status.
- To provide information regarding the criminal law and cases, while addressing the complexity and ambiguity of the application of the law.
- To engage participants in considering the impact of the use of the criminal law and the role of public health.
Tips, Tricks, and Tools
- To increase participants’ understanding of the complexity and inter-relatedness of their clients’ issues, while discussing techniques and strategies staff can use when supporting clients living with, or at risk for, HIV.
- To provide tools to address issues presented by an individual living with, or at risk for, HIV and substance use and/or mental health issues.
- To provide helpful resources and ideas about future training opportunities and/or programs in order to better serve clients
- To allow participants and opportunity to share experiences and strategize effective responses.
Stigma and Discrimination
- To increase participants’ understanding of the impact that stigma and discrimination have on people with HIV.
- To invite participants to examine their own values, attitudes and beliefs pertaining to people living with HIV/AIDS and people who use substances.
- To examine the origins and impact of specific judgmental attitudes to differences.
- To consider how participants and their organizations may perpetuate HIV stigma and discrimination.
- To assist participants in learning how to manage personal values, attitudes and beliefs in professional roles.
- To increase participants knowledge of the use of specific substances.
- To provide an overview of the concept of “Drug, Set and Setting”.
- To look at the concerns and advantages of different methods of administration (e.g., smoking, injecting, snorting).
- To provide factual and non-judgmental information about certain substances particularly related to HIV.
Trans 101 with HIV Risks
- To leave participants better aware of how to be trans inclusive by increasing participants’ understanding of terms, definitions, and issues impacting the transgendered/transsexual community.
- To learn new language inclusive of trans clients.
- To understand the social determinants of health for trans clients.
- To explore ways of supporting choices amongst trans clients that minimize risks and reduce transmission of HIV .
- To develop strategies for reducing barriers for trans clients who wish to access services.
Introduction to Substance Use (full day workshop)
- To increase participants’ understanding of substance use so that they can better support people in their lives who may use substances, including clients, friends and family.
- To discuss what we mean by substances (drugs).
- To think about reasons people may or may not use substances.
- To look at the continuum of use including abstinence; social, problematic, harmful use; and dependence/addiction.
- To learn about the different methods of taking substances.
- To examine our own attitudes, values and beliefs.
- To consider stigma related to drugs and drugs users.
- To recognize the stages of change and discuss ways we can support others.
Start: 9:00am sharp Finish: 4:30pm
Morning and afternoon breaks plus a 45 minute lunch.
Stigma, Drug Use, and Harm Reduction
- To provide participants with an understanding of the impact of stigma on substance users and learn ways in which applying harm reduction can assist when working with our clients.
*To provide participants with:
*An awareness of the cycles of drug stigma
*An understanding of the key concept Drug, Set, Setting
*Knowledge about the ways in which routes of administration may impact substance use
*Understanding about philosophies, programs, and applications of harm reduction
Latest Knowledge & Resources
- Support Don’t Punish: Experiences of community advocacy and harm reduction programmes
- Count the Costs briefing on alternatives to the war on drugs
- A summary of the health harms of drugs
- HIV/AIDS At 30: A Public Opinion Perspective
- Campaign for Ontario Guidelines for Criminal Prosecutions of HIV Non-disclosure
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