HIV Integration Training Course.

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Channels of Hope HIV Integration Training Course

“Integrating HIV and AIDS information on a personal, spiritual and professional level”

Purpose
The purpose of this training programme is to equip participants with thorough knowledge of, and sufficient insight into, HIV and AIDS related facts and issues that will empower them to integrate this information on a personal, spiritual and professional level.

Background

CABSA has been implementing a very comprehensive and intensive HIV facilitator training course, “Churches, Channels of Hope Facilitator Training” since 2003. The purpose of this programme is to empower church leaders with the attitudes, knowledge and skills to be channels of hope and assist faith communities towards becoming HIV competent.

Years of experience with this highly praised course taught us that:

  • Not all Christians are necessarily leaders.
  • Not all Christians are necessarily called to become actively involved in the field of HIV.
  • Yet, all Christians are affected and challenged by HIV in different ways.
  • All Christians should understand their own vulnerability in terms of HIV and AIDS.
  • All Christians CAN benefit from a better understanding of HIV and how it affects us as Christians.
  • Christians need to recognise the challenges and opportunities that HIV brings to their work places.

With this in mind, the HIV Integration course was developed to assist Christians to integrate HIV information on a personal, spiritual and professional level. Feedback on general HIV and the Workplace programmes indicates that many of these programmes lack a spiritual component, making it less successful in attitude and behaviour change.

This programme has been presented in a variety of settings for different groups and has a degree of flexibility to accommodate local needs.

The programme has been presented to

  • Two groups of academic and administrative staff of the Huguenot College, Wellington 
  • Support staff at the Huguenot College, Wellington
  • Visiting group from Nigeria sponsored by Woord en Aksie – a Dutch organisation working in Nigeria at the time. (Presented in Malawi)
  • Two groups of participants from various PRISMA partner organisations as part of organisational capacity building programme. (In Johannesburg and Zimbabwe)
  • Staff of Waterberg FET College. (Mokopane)
  • Members of the Harare based organisation, Youth Engaged (Zimbabwe)

Some feedback from previous participants:

  • I think am better off now than last week.  The workshop has been a life changing event.
  • I am now a changed somebody. Thanks !!
  • Information given will also assist me in personal decision making
  • It was an important journey for me to challenge my personal beliefs on particular issues
  • Some of the scriptures were excellent and helped me see my walk with God differently.  But I need more time on them personally before I can say I’m empowered.
  • The pace and variety of activities were excellent.  This is a rare comment for me to make.  There was never a time when I was bored.

Outcomes

The successful participant would be:

  • Equipped with thorough knowledge on HIV and AIDS related topics and issues;
  • Enriched and challenged to explore a Christian response to the challenges of HIV and AIDS,
  • Able to respond accurately and sensitively to HIV questions and challenges in the workplace, and
  • Challenged, motivated and equipped to start integrating the above on a personal, spiritual and professional level.

Who should attend this programme?

This training is suitable for anybody with the desire to know and understand more about HIV and AIDS related topics.  This could therefore include anyone who wishes to have a better understanding of the challenges and realities HIV and AIDS brings to their specific project or ministry.

The programme is also ideal for employers and employees who as a group want to improve their understanding of and response to HIV and AIDS.

This programme was specifically developed from a Christian perspective, but is sensitive to people of other faiths. All participants and their views will be treated with respect and dignity.

Content of programme

1. Integrating the knowledge on a personal level
  • Exploring my attitudes and worldview
  • Evaluating personal risk
  • Understanding statistics and the impact of HIV and AIDS on various contexts
  • HIV and AIDS related facts
    • HIV and AIDS
    • The immune system
    • The effect of HIV on the immune system
    • Phases of infection
    • Treatment options (including ARVs)
    • Transmission

2. Integrating the knowledge on a spiritual level

  • Bible reflections integrated into course
  • Prevention strategies
  • Addressing Stigma
    • Listening to HIV stories
    • Understanding my role/responsibilities as a Christian
 
3. Integrating the knowledge on a professional level
  • How does HIV impact on my profession/work environment/ministry etc.
  • Case studies
  • Introduction or revisiting of HIV workplace policy.
  • Planning towards my own response
  • Sharing and praying

Duration

This is a three day training program that will require some homework.

The three days could be scheduled as three consecutive days (ideally Tuesday – Thursday) or can be on one specific day of the week for three consecutive weeks.

Other options can be discussed with the training manager.

Ideal group size

20 -30 - Smaller groups are less cost effective, but will be considered.

Training venue

Training will focus on group work and the training room should therefore allow enough space for four or five groups to be seated around tables.

Evaluation

Participants will complete a pre and post training questionnaire, to assess the impact of the training on their HIV related knowledge and attitudes.

Resource material

Each participant will receive a reader with information, articles on the topics covered, and additional pamphlets and booklets.

Participants could register for an electronic monthly CARIS (Christian AIDS Resource and Information Service) newsletter.

Participants could register for a weekly electronic Bible Message with an HIV focus.

Costs

CABSA is a non-profit organisation that strives to make training accessible, but is constricted by the availability of funding and donations. The cost of each training event is therefore negotiated individually and depends on various factors.

Follow up

On completion of the course participants will have the option of receiving CABSA’s weekly Bible message, the monthly CARIS newsletter and the CABSA quarterly newsletter. Participants will also be encouraged to use the resources on the webpage and at our two resource centres.

More information

For more information on please contact Aneleh Fourie-Le Roux at training@cabsa.org.za or (+27) 021 873 0028.  

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