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Group Facilitation Skills for STD/HIV Prevention Interventions
(2 days)

This two-day training will help to increase providers' confidence, knowledge and practice skills in facilitating groups, such as the Centers for Disease Control's evidence based behavioral intervention "VOICES/VOCES."  This course has been approved for OASAS credit.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Increase their understanding of group process and how it influences behavior change;
  • Identify qualities of an effective group facilitator;
  • Increase skills in facilitating STD/HIV prevention intervention groups;
  • Identify strategies for handling group problems;  
  • Increase awareness of the importance of training, supporting and evaluating group facilitators; and
  • Identify possible solutions for recruitment, retention and incentives.

Prerequisite: None

Audience: Group facilitators, counselors, health educators, peer educators, health care professionals and other public health prevention providers who conduct group level STD/HIV prevention interventions.


Registration for all courses sponsored by the New York State Department of Health Aids Institute is done at  Please visit that site to search the statewide calendar and reserve your place in this course.

CASAC Section 2: 13.0 hours
CPP Section 4: 13.0 hours

OASAS: Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services
CASAC: Credentialed Alcohol & Substance Abuse Counselor
CPP: Credentialed Prevention Professional 
CPS: Credentialed Prevention Specialist
Mar 28-29, 2018 Rochester, NY $0.00 Class Information
Health Literacy in HIV, STI & Viral Hepatitis Care- Health Literacy in Patient Care
(1 day)

This half-day training will provide health and human services providers an overview of health literacy and give participants the opportunity to develop skills utilizing health literacy universal precautions to clearly communicate with patients or clients. At completion of this training, participants will be able to apply two health literacy strategies, plain language and teach back method, into their work.

• Define health literacy, the health literacy disconnect in healthcare, and how this affects patients and the public
• Learn about two health literacy universal precautions, plain language and teach back method, to improve communication and patient understanding
• Develop plain language and teach back facilitation skills
• Identify common concerns and challenges associated with incorporating plain language and teach back method with all patients

Prerequisite: There is no prerequisite for this training. 

Target Audience:  This training is for health and human service providers and Peer Workers who work with clients or patients.

(Formerly titled Health Literacy Strategies for Clear Communication) 

Apr 5, 2018 Rochester, NY $0.00 Class Information
HIV Navigation Services
(2 days)

This 2-day training is designed to improve navigation skills for those delivery prevention services to persons living with HIV and individuals at elevated risk for HIV infection. HIV navigation is a process of service delivery to help a person obtain timely, essential and appropriate HIV-related medical and social services to optimize his or her health and prevent HIV transmission and acquisition. Navigation includes linking persons to health care systems, assisting with health insurance and transportation, identifying and reducing barriers to care, and tailoring health education to the client to influence his or her health-related attitudes and behaviors. 

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Explain how navigation services support at-risk populations (persons living with HIV and persons at elevated risk for HIV infection);
  • Name the components of the HIV Navigation Services Model;
  • Describe how navigators work as part of a professional team;
  • Identify the skills necessary to support a client through the HIV care continuum;
  • Identify the required core skills of HIV navigation services;
  • Demonstrate HIV navigation services skills;
  • List areas of need for Navigator professional development;
  • Examine organizational capability to provide navigation services;
  • Identify next steps to enhance organizational capacity;
  • Describe how quality assurance components support clients, navigators and agencies
Apr 18-19, 2018 Albany, NY $0.00 Class Information
Motivational Interviewing
(1 day)

This one-day training is designed for non-clinical providers working with clients presenting with high risk behaviors and/or those who are HIV positive. This course will provide an overview of the Motivational Interviewing approach and its value as a client-centered directive intervention. The course focuses on helping providers address client ambivalence and the use of tools to help clients move towards less risky behaviors and change.


As a result of this training, participants will be able to:


  • Review general principles of Motivational Interviewing;
  • Engage clients more effectively during service delivery;
  • Apply motivational interviewing techniques and practice skills;
  • Respond more effectively to client resistance and reluctance; and
  • Identify client’s stage(s) of change and apply appropriate motivational techniques.


Prerequisite: It is strongly recommended that participants have previous knowledge of basic HIV/AIDS information and harm reduction.


Audience: Any health or human services provider or Peer Worker


Continuing Education Credits: This training is provided under New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Education and Training Provider Certification Number 0305. Under the NYS OASAS Provider Certificate, this training is approved for 6.5 clock hours toward the education and training requirements for renewal of CASAC/CPP/CPS certification

If you have any questions regarding this course, please contact Cynthia Thomas via email or by phone at (585) 753-5382 or

Apr 4, 2018 Syracuse, NY $0.00 Class Information
Apr 27, 2018 Buffalo, NY $0.00 Class Information
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