• DSHS HIV/STD Program

    Post Office Box 149347, MC 1873
    Austin, Texas 78714

    Phone: 737-255-4300

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HIV-STD Training Courses

The HIV/STD Training Team offers a variety of training courses and modules to improve the skills of persons involved in HIV/STD prevention and intervention in Texas.

Courses Available:

See the training schedule for upcoming courses in your area.

On-line Courses:

Course Descriptions

Anti-Retroviral Treatment and Access to Services (ARTAS) Training of Facilitators - This three-day workshop provides participants with the knowledge, skills, and practice to successfully facilitate the ARTAS intervention. ARTAS is an individual-level, multi-session, time-limited intervention to link individuals who have been recently diagnosed with HIV to medical care. ARTAS is based on the Strengths-based Case Management (SBCM) model, which is rooted in Social Cognitive Theory (particularly self-efficacy) and Humanistic Psychology. This class is provided by 3T-UTSW. No prerequisites.

CLEAR: Choosing Life! Empowerment! Action! Results! - This four-day course provides counselors with the knowledge, skills, and practice needed to successfully implement CLEAR, an individual level intervention with core and optional sessions, to fully address many areas of risk behavior in the client's life. CLEAR is intended for persons age 16 and above who are either living with HIV/AIDS or have behaviors that put them at high risk for HIV infection. This intervention can be a stand-alone program or it can be incorporated into an existing Comprehensive Risk Counseling and Services program as the risk reduction counseling portion.

Comprehensive Risk Counseling and Services (CRCS): An Intensive Individual-Level Intervention - This intensive three-day workshop provides trainees the knowledge, skills, and practice to successfully implement a Comprehensive Risk Counseling and Services (CRCS) program in their community. Using interactive group exercises, role plays, games, and case studies, trainees will explore the relationship between Ryan White Case Management and CRCS, conduct risk assessments, practice applying core counseling skills, and use implementation tools to develop risk reduction plans. This course is not intended to teach counseling skills, but to provide a framework for implementing CRCS. This class is provided by th Technology Transfer Team (3T) at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Counseling Gender and Sexually Diverse (GSD) Clients - By the end of this course, participants will be able to identify the multifaceted components of gender, sexuality and sexual orientation. They will also be able to discuss the impact of stigma and discrimination upon health disparities including HIV, substance use, and mental health in Gender and Sexually Diverse (GSD) populations. Finally, they will implement individual and agency-wide strategies to improve counseling and service delivery to GSD clients seeking HIV care or substance abuse treatment services. This course is offered by HIV Connection.

Foundations of Testing and Navigation (Foundations) - This three-day course is the required standard for all new HIV Prevention contractors within three months of employment. Staff formerly trained with FCT and/or PBC are also encouraged to complete Foundations because much of the new information about status neutral navigation, combination prevention, stigma and unconscious bias may be unfamiliar. New staff of directly funded HIV Prevention contractors receive first priority access to this course.

The new Foundations of Testing and Navigation (Foundations) course focuses on status neutral HIV testing and navigation and is based on the CDC's guidelines for Implementing HIV Testing in Non-Clinical Settings. Upon completion of the highly interactive course, the Prevention Specialist will have the skills needed to conduct a status neutral HIV prevention session with increased awareness of stigmatizing language/behaviors and unconscious bias. The HIV prevention session is a person centered conversation intended to strengthen an individual’s ability to live a sexually healthy life that includes learning their HIV status and continued medical care. The Prevention Specialist will learn to conduct a non-linear conversation to gather the information necessary to provide the HIV test and plan applicable next steps.

Pre-requisites for the Foundations course include completion of the following: Combination Prevention [TRAIN Texas], STD 101: What You Need to Know and the following brief modules: Social Determinants of Health [TRAIN Texas]; Gender and Sexuality Review [TRAIN Texas]; Decreasing Stigma by Using Sexual Health Language [TRAIN Texas]; People First Language [TRAIN Texas]; and Status Neutral Navigation [TRAIN Texas].

Fundamentals of Sexually Transmitted Disease Intervention (FSTDI) - This course is designed for new Disease Intervention Specialists (DIS) in Texas as well as supervisors and managers.  The course focuses on high priority investigations for syphilis and HIV. Areas covered include: interview periods, the STD interview format, communication skills, problem solving, field investigations, partner notification and elicitation, in depth case management, and timelines required by the Department of State Health Services.  The course also provides education and practice of visual case analysis (VCA). Prerequisite: Successful completion of the Passport to Partner Services Modules (select "Register for the Browse Track").

Gender and Sexual Diversity (GSD) - GSD is a cultural competency training. It is a day-long training seminar on competently serving members of the gender and sexually diverse community. Participants will learn how to: identify differences between sexual orientation and gender identity, share info among providers on trends observed in GSD populations, practice counseling skills and culturally competent care, and examine impact of stigma on health of GSD populations. This course is offered by Cardea Services.

Mastering Visual Case Analysis (VCA) - This half-day workshop is designed for Disease Intervention Specialists (DIS) and associated staff that supervise and/or manage Partner Services activities related to syphilis. Participants will review the basic concepts and the epidemiological basis for Visual Case Analysis (VCA). Participants will have the opportunity to practice plotting multiple case studies to build skills and understanding of how this tool helps them focus disease intervention efforts.

Motivational Interviewing 101 - Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a client-centered approach used to enhance motivation to change while resolving ambivalence with a client. MI can be used across multiple disciplines and provides participants with tools to assess what stage of change a client may be in. Participants will be able to develop an approach that moves the client though a spectrum of engagement and awareness. By the end of this course, participants will learn to define MI, describe the stages of change and how they relate to MI, list and describe the principles underlying MI and list and implement the five early strategies of MI while demonstrating reflective listening techniques. Credit Hours: 8 Alcohol & Drug Specific. Maximum participants: 35.

Motivational Interviewing 201 - By the end of this course, participants will be able to engage with clients to receive information about their personal lives, including dilemmas and values related to behavior change. MI 201 will give participants tools to focus clients on changes they are willing to explore. They will develop skills on how to elicit client motivation through the exploration of ambivalence. Participants will learn how to help clients make a plan to determine goals and carry out any beneficial enhancement of change talk. Participants by the end of MI 201 will be able to demonstrate the four processes of Motivational Interviewing. Credit Hours: 8 Alcohol & Drug Specific. Prerequisite: successful completion of the course Motivational Interviewing 101 .

Personalized Cognitive Counseling (PCC) - PCC is an individual-level, single session counseling intervention designed to reduce unprotected anal intercourse (UAI) among men who have sex with men (MSM) who are repeat testers for HIV. PCC focuses on the person's self-justifications (thoughts, attitudes and beliefs) he uses when deciding whether or not to engage in high risk sexual behavior. PCC is a 30 to 50 minutes intervention conducted as a component of Counseling, Testing, and Referral Service (CTRS) for MSM who meet the screening criteria. PCC targets MSM who previously tested for HIV, are HIV-negative, and had UAI since their last test with a male who was not their primary partner, and that partner's serostatus was positive or unknown.

Testing Together (TT) - Testing Together, previously known as Couples HIV Testing and Counseling (CHTC), is a public health strategy that occurs when two or more persons who are in or planning to be in a sexual relationship receive HIV testing services together (including their HIV test results). This service facilitates communication and disclosure of HIV status. It also supports linkage to HIV medical care, Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and/or other appropriate services. The training package for TT includes a two-hour e-learning session, a two-day didactic training, and follow-up support for implementation. Job aids are provided to trainees, along with useful tools and sample documents to support implementation. Participants will be required to take a two-hour Testing Together e-learning course before attending the training. Details on accessing the e-learning course will be shared with accepted participants. Visit the Effective Interventions website to learn more about Testing Together.

Texas First Line Supervisor (FLS) - Designed for local and regional HIV/STD Program First Line Supervisors (FLS) who supervise Disease Intervention Specialists (DIS). This class covers problem-solving skills, giving/receiving feedback, communication skills, audits (field, pouch, and interview), leadership styles, and development of program improvement plans. Pre-requisite: Completion of Fundamentals of STD Intervention (FSTDI) or Passport to Partner Services (Instructor Led).

Trauma Informed Care - When working directly with clients, the better we understand what influences and motivates their behavior, the better we can serve them to meet their needs. This one-day training provides an overview of trauma, how it affects the brain, and how it impacts behavior. Through interactive activities and small group discussions, service providers will learn trauma-informed approaches they can use when educating and counseling clients.

Using Social Networks: A Recruitment Strategy for Counseling, Testing and Referral Services (SNS) - Using Social Networks provides a comprehensive understanding of how to utilize social networks as a recruitment strategy for counseling, testing and referral services in order to reach people with undiagnosed HIV infection in high-risk persons and hard-to-reach communities. The target audience for this course are key decision makers of an organization. We strongly encourage a group of 2-3 people from a single agency come together to participate in this training. This will support an agency’s ability to begin developing a plan for implementing this strategy.

Online Courses

Combination Prevention: Healthy Options to Promote Sexual Health and Prevent HIV - HIV prevention is entering a new age with the advances in biomedical interventions such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) and treatment as prevention (TasP). People have more options than ever before to develop a personalized prevention plan that works for them, incorporating these new tools along with more familiar options such as condoms. Take this course and learn about the new options and how to incorporate them into a combination prevention plan. The online course [TRAIN Texas] is available through Cardea Services.

d-up: Defend Yourself! - A culturally-specific community-level intervention to increase the safer sex practices of Black gay men. The online Training of Facilitators allows you to bring d-up! to your community. The course is self-paced, employs engaging videos with fun, interactive features, and includes activity and homework in your community. The free online course is available on effectiveinterventions.org.

Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT) for STDs - This course covers the rationale, background and mechanics of Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT). The course covers Texas Medical board changes, Pharmacy Board opinion as well as extensive research illustrating that EPT is a useful tool in the fight against chlamydia and gonorrhea in heterosexual sex partners. The course takes approximately 1 hour to complete. The online course is available through the TRAIN Texas system.

Gender Diversity 101: Meeting Clients Where They are to Prevent HIV - An important part of HIV prevention and treatment is connecting clients with care and helping them to remain in care. Some clients whose gender does not fit into the easy classification of male or female are denied service or feel so unwelcome that they avoid seeking treatment altogether. By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss aspects of gender identity
  • List ways that gender discrimination impacts healthcare
  • Demonstrate skills for assessing and treating gender-diverse clients who may be at risk for HIV or who have HIV

The online course is available through the TRAIN Texas system.

HIV Case Management 101: A Foundation - This course provides an overview for case managers to serve their clients effectively. Case managers will gain practical knowledge about the HIV infection, learn how drugs treat the virus, and understand antiretroviral therapy guidelines. The course also covers funding and planning for client services as well as available support services. Case managers will learn about the variety of services available and what case managers are expected to do for clients. At the end of the training, case managers will understand the disease and have the critical thinking skills required to meet their clients' needs. The online course is available through the TRAIN Texas system. Part B funded case managers are required to complete this training with a 70% score within six (6) months of hire.

HIV Navigation in Texas - This blended learning series is intended for HIV/STD prevention staff and HIV care and treatment services staff who are responsible for guiding clients living with HIV or those who could benefit from PrEP through the HIV care system. To learn more, visit the HIV Navigation in Texas learning series page.

Implementing Routine HIV Testing in Health Care Settings - Implementing Routine HIV Testing in Texas is a one hour course designed to facilitate the practice of routine HIV testing in Texas. The course contains timely data and resources for health care providers interested in implementing routine HIV testing in Texas. The course is designed for health care professionals implementing routine HIV testing as well as those with a general interest in the topic.

The online course is available through the TRAIN Texas system.

Perinatal HIV Prevention - This is a one-hour course covering the guidelines and rules for HIV testing in pregnant women in Texas. The course covers the reduction in transmission rates for HIV+ pregnant women who receive treatment at the first prenatal visit, during labor and delivery and women who do not receive treatment. The course also provides resources for health care professionals with questions about treatment or guidelines. The online course is available through the TRAIN Texas system.

Quality Assurance for Counseling and Testing - This course is required for supervisors and staff providing quality assurance for agencies implementing counseling and testing in Texas within 3 months of employment.. Areas explored in this training include performing staff observations, giving feedback and conducting chart reviews. The course also discusses implementing protocol-based counseling and refers to the Foundations of Counseling and Testing (FCT) course. Please note that FCT has been replaced by Foundations of Testing and Navigation (FTN). Until this online course is updated, supervisors and those assigned to do QA will benefit from reviewing this online training while becoming very familiar with FTN as well as the changing priorities identified in Achieving TogetherPrerequisite: Foundations of Testing and Navigation (3 days plus pre-requisites). The online course is available through the TRAIN Texas system.

STD 101: What You Need to Know - Sexually transmitted diseases are very common in the United States, yet many staff new to healthcare, especially community health workers, do not have a good understanding about the different causes and treatments. This interactive, easy to understand course offers an overview on the most common STDs: chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, syphilis, herpes, HPV, and HIV. By the end of this online training, participants will:

  • Know more about common STDs
  • Find out what happens when STDs are not treated and/or cured
  • Learn what to do if someone thinks they may have a STD
  • Learn how to help the community lower its risk for STD

As a bonus, once you take the STD 101 Course, you can access a companion course, HIV Stigma, Myths and Prevention. This shorter course offers a breakdown of the reasons why HIV is different from other STDs, and reviews prevention information specific to HIV.

The online course is available through the TRAIN Texas system

    Texas HIV Medication Program 101 - This training teaches case managers how to serve clients effectively by referring HIV clients to appropriate resources, decreasing errors and omissions on THMP application forms, and helping HIV clients with the recertification process. The online course is available through the TRAIN Texas system.


    Last updated February 4, 2021