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    DSHS HIV/STD Program

    Post Office Box 149347, MC 1873
    Austin, Texas 78714

    Phone: (512) 533-3000

    DSHS strives to respond to all email requests in a timely manner. It is important to note, however, that messages that you send to us by email may not be secure and may be intercepted by a third party. Therefore, we recommend that you do not send any confidential health information to us by email.

HIV and STD Training

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What type of HIV/STD training opportunities are available to build capacity to deliver HIV prevention services?

A variety of courses are available for professionals involved in HIV/STD prevention and intervention in Texas.

When and where are these courses being taught?

The most popular courses are taught regularly throughout the state. Go to the training calendar for a listing of the upcoming courses.

Are any online courses available?

Yes, several online courses are available from both DSHS and other professional health education agencies.

What courses are required for DSHS contractors funded to conduct individual, group and/or community level interventions? (Effective 01/01/2013)

For staff new to one or more of the below interventions, the following are required trainings:

Individual Level Interventions:

Counseling and Testing:

  • Requires successful completion of FCT (3 day training) within three months of employment. RRS can provide individual HIV risk reduction with clients prior to taking FCT, but it is required that they must attend the first FCT training offered after their start date at the agency. It is best practice for a new Risk Reduction Specialist to attend FCT prior to providing individual HIV risk reduction with clients. If it is not possible to meet this requirement, please contact your DSHS Prevention Consultant.
  • Requires completion of STD Facts and Fallacies - HIV module (on-line) and FCT Pre-course (on-line) prior to taking FCT.
  • May also benefit from attending a Community Identification/Assessment course to assist with locating the target population(s).
  • Any staff who has completed Protocol Based Counseling (PBC) training in the past and who has experience testing should watch the on-line FCT Webinar that describes the differences between FCT and PBC. The webinar is titled “Webinar: Foundations of HIV Counseling and Testing Update” and is available on the DSHS website under On-line Courses.

Counseling and Testing Supervisors and persons assigned to do Counseling and Testing Quality Assurance (QA) (in addition to the above):

  • Supervisors will need to successfully complete Quality Assurance for Counseling and Testing Supervisor training (on-line training) after completion of FCT training, and within three months of taking the supervisory/QA position.
  • Supervisors who are experienced with PBC are not required to complete FCT but will be expected to take the new on-line QA for Counseling and Testing course when it is available. They also should watch the on-line FCT Webinar that describes the differences between FCT and PBC. The webinar is titled “Webinar: Foundations of HIV Counseling and Testing Update” and is available on the DSHS website under On-line Courses.

Comprehensive Risk Counseling and Services (CRCS):

  • Requires successful completion of FCT (3 day training) within three months of employment.
  • Requires completion of STD Facts and Fallacies - HIV module and the FCT Pre-course prior to taking FCT.
  • Requires successful completion of Conducting CRCS training (3 ½ day training) within six months of employment.
  • Supervisors and CRCS staff may benefit from Outcome Monitoring technical assistance from DSHS within one year of employment, if needed. Contact your DSHS Prevention Consultant.
  • If it is not possible to meet these requirements, please contact your DSHS Prevention Consultant.
  • May benefit from attending a Community Identification/Assessment course to assist with locating the target population(s).

Group Level Interventions (GLI):

  • Requires completion of STD Facts and Fallacies (on-line) within three months of employment.
  • Requires successful completion of Presentation and Facilitation Skills training (3 day training) within six months of employment.
  • Requires successful completion of Bridging Theory and Practice (on-line) within three months of employment.
  • Strongly recommend successful completion of training on the specific intervention (number of days will vary) within one year of employment. There are interventions that do not have training regularly scheduled in Texas for the specific intervention. Contact the Capacity Building Consultant for assistance. Contact your Prevention Consultant for special considerations (i.e., out-of-state trainings, part-time staff or volunteers, etc.).
  • Key GLI staff and supervisors may benefit from Outcome Monitoring technical assistance from DSHS within one year of employment, if needed. Contact your Prevention Consultant.
  • May benefit from attending a Community Identification/Assessment course to assist with locating the target population(s).

Community Level Interventions (CLI):

  • Requires completion of STD Facts and Fallacies (on-line) within three months of employment.
  • Requires successful completion of Presentation and Facilitation Skills training (3 day training) within six months of employment.
  • Requires successful completion of Bridging Theory and Practice (on-line) within three months of employment.
  • Strongly recommend successful completion of training on the specific intervention (number of days will vary). There are interventions that do not have training regularly scheduled in Texas for the specific intervention. Contact the Capacity Building Consultant for assistance. Contact your Prevention Consultant for special considerations (i.e., out-of-state trainings, part-time staff or volunteers, etc.).
  • Key CLI staff and supervisors may benefit from Outcome Monitoring technical assistance from DSHS within one year of employment, if needed. Contact your Prevention Consultant.
  • May benefit from attending a Community Identification/Assessment course to assist with locating the target population(s).

For all contractors:

  • STD Facts and Fallacies on-line training required of all contractors within three months of employment.
  • A Cultural Competency Training is strongly recommended of all contactors within six months of employment.

What are the DSHS Counseling and Testing Quality Assurance Standards?

Quality assurance (QA) is a way of ensuring that your program delivers prevention interventions as they are intended to be delivered. For prevention counseling, this means ensuring that your risk reduction specialists consistently follow models and protocols of counseling that have been demonstrated to increase the chances that clients will reduce risk behavior. QA activities include observation and feedback, case conferencing, and skill-building opportunities such as training and modeling. QA activities must be on-going and integrated into the functioning of the program. The Quality Assurance Standards were developed with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) during a CDC-funded project. The main objectives of the project are as follows:

  1. Develop and evaluate tools to support protocol-driven prevention counseling based on the Project RESPECT models
  2. Develop and evaluate Quality Assurance Standards
  3. Understand the barriers and facilitators of quality prevention counseling

National Network of STD/HIV Prevention Training Centers - STD/HIV Prevention Training Center, Part III-Partner Services (Texas PTC III)

trainingThe National Network of STD/HIV Prevention Training Centers (PTCs) is a CDC-funded group of regional centers created in partnership with health departments and universities. The PTCs are dedicated to increasing the knowledge and skills of health professionals in the areas of sexual and reproductive health. The National Network provides health professionals with a spectrum of state-of-the-art educational opportunities, including experiential learning with an emphasis on prevention.

Within the National Network of STD/HIV Prevention Training Centers eight centers provide STD Clinical Training [NNPTC], four centers provide Behavioral Intervention Training [NNPTC], and three centers provide Partner Services and Program Support Training [NNPTC].

The trainings currently conducted by the Texas PTC III include: Introduction to STD Intervention (ISTDI), Fundamentals of STD Intervention, HIV Partner Counseling and Referral Services (PCRS), and customized courses based on a needs assessment. These courses are available in all thirteen states. There are additional courses offered only in Texas at this time. Those include: STD Facts and Fallacies and Safety One.

To register for a Texas PTC III course, contact Carolyn Washington by e-mail or by calling (214) 819-1993.

What is Capacity Building Assistance (CBA)?

Capacity Building refers to a process to increase the skills, infrastructure, and resources of individuals, organizations and communities. Capacity Building Assistance or “CBA” is a key CDC strategy for the promotion, delivery and sustainability of HIV prevention programs. As a result of capacity building on HIV prevention programs, the programs will (1) operate optimally and (2) increase their capacity to effectively deliver evidence-based interventions and core public health strategies for HIV prevention.

Capacity Building Assistance provision is free (not for fee) and is made available through a variety of methods including; training, technical assistance (TA), and technology transfer to individuals, organizations and communities. CBA is provided directly to communities, community–based organizations and health departments.

To find more information about CBA available go to the CDC CBA directory [CDC] or contact the Capacity Building Consultant.

Organizations indirectly funded by CDC, not funded by CDC, and community planning groups (CPGs) that provide HIV prevention services can ask the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to submit a CBA request on their behalf. To make a CBA request, contact:

Mary Chapman McIntosh, M.Ed.
Capacity Building Consultant

(512) 533-3017

What if my training needs are not met by any of the courses or other options described on this webpage?

You can contact a training specialist to discuss your training need. He or she will assist you with completing a training needs assessment and developing a plan to meet an identified training need.

Training Specialists
(512) 533-3017 Capacity Building Consultant - HIV Prevention
(512) 533-3018 Training Specialist – HIV Services
(512) 533-3016 Training Specialist – STD Services

 

Last updated November 20, 2013