T-TAP COURSE DIRECTORY

BENEFITS NAVIGATION FOR PrEP AND PEP

The two-day Benefits Navigation for PrEP and PEP training discusses the financial barriers to PrEP and PEP as well as current options for mitigating those barriers. The training prepares participants to systematically navigate clients through the benefits navigation process utilizing the NYC Benefits Navigation Model and applying the model through skills-based case scenarios.

BEST PRACTICES IN PrEP/PEP EDUCATION & COUNSELING

This one-day course is designed to train front-line staff (e.g., patient navigators/coordinators, HIV test counselors, and other prevention counselors) to provide basic education about Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) to clients who might benefit from these interventions. The training focuses on PrEP in greater depth, and includes training on providing PrEP decision-making counseling for clients considering PrEP and PrEP adherence counseling to clients who are initiating PrEP. In addition, the training includes a brief module that outlines how clients might pay for PrEP as a precursor to PrEP-related insurance navigation.

COMPREHENSIVE CONDOM

This one-day training is designed for staff of any agency/clinic involved in the distribution of both male and FC2 condoms (sometimes called female condoms).  Attendees learn about proper use, storage and distribution of the condoms, as well as the requirements for participation in the New York City DOHMH FC2 Condom Education and Distribution Program.

CULTURAL CONSIDERATIONS: WORKING WITH HISPANIC AND LATINO MSM

This one-day course is designed to train front-line staff (e.g., medical providers, patient navigators/coordinators, HIV test counselors, and other prevention/care counselors) to recognize the impact of cultural responsiveness to the Hispanic/Latinx MSM community related to HIV prevention strategies, sexual health services, engagement and retention in prevention and medical care. The skills gained in the training will ensure service providers are equipped with appropriate language and knowledge of HLMSM to facilitate best practices for health and wellness, including access to PrEP, PEP and Rapid Access to Treatment. The training units will include the cultural competence framework, conditions that lead HLMSM to health disparities, barriers to access HIV prevention services and general medical care, Latinx/Hispanic cultural constructs, cross cultural communication, best practices, resources and CLAS Standards. In the final unit, participants are encouraged to consider how they can integrate the information and skills from the training into their work, and to identify action steps and other considerations to better serve HLMSM clients.

DELIVERING HIV POSITIVE TEST RESULTS

This one-day training is an interactive skills-building course focused on delivering HIV positive test results to clients. This training is designed to assist HIV service providers with guidance and practice in the delivering of HIV positive test results and in working with newly diagnosed clients on topics such as linkage to medical care and partner elicitation and notification.

DRIED BLOOD SPOT (DBS) FINGER-STICK SPECIMEN COLLECTION FOR CONFIRMATORY HIV TESTING

This 3 hour hands-on training is designed to teach participants (HIV testers) to conduct Dried Blood Spot (DBS) specimen collection using a finger-stick method, as an alternative to venipuncture blood collection to send to a laboratory for confirmatory HIV testing. Often agencies do not have the resources (e.g., a phlebotomist), to acquire a blood specimen through venipuncture, for confirmatory testing after a preliminary positive or reactive rapid HIV test. DBS is practical to conduct in non-clinical settings (e.g., CBO’s, health fairs, mobile vans, etc.), from which to send out a dried blood sample for laboratory confirmation HIV testing. In NY State this analysis is conducted at no cost to the agency, at the Wadsworth Laboratory in Albany. During this training, which includes demonstration and a practice component, participants will learn how to:

•       Safely collect, store and ship the DBS specimens obtained via finger-stick whole blood.

•       Manage conditions that promote or inhibit adequate blood flow to the finger.

•       Set up workspaces in preparation for proper finger-stick procedures.

•       Complete the DBS Laboratory Requisition form.  

Participants of the training will be practicing specimen collection on each other. All participants are expected to practice specimen collection on others and to allow others to practice collecting specimens from them.

ENHANCED OUTREACH

This two-day training is an interactive, skills-building workshop focused on the acquisition and application of skills and knowledge to enhance community outreach activities. This training is intended to enrich outreach and community engagement activities. Participants will learn the stages of community outreach, how to establish and maintain boundaries, and methods to strategically utilize the Relational Outreach Engagement Model.

FUNDAMENTALS OF HIV PREVENTION COUNSELING

This two-day interactive training prepares participants to apply the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) six-step, intensive HIV prevention intervention and risk reduction counseling model.

GROUP PROCESS & FACILITATION SKILLS

This two-day training is an interactive, skills-building workshop focused on the acquisition and application of skills for interpersonal dynamics, group dynamics and group leadership.

HEPATITIS C PATIENT NAVIGATION

This one-day training is designed to provide patient navigators, caseworkers, test counselors and other prevention counselors, with a basic overview of Hepatitis C (Hep C), its impact in NYC, as well as an introduction to successful patient navigation strategies used by current Hep C patient navigation programs.

HEPATITIS C RAPID TESTING

This half-day course will provide clinical and non-clinical service providers with training on the use of the Orasure rapid Hepatitis C (HCV) single-use testing technology.  The training begins with an overview of Hepatitis C transmission, stages and progression of disease, treatment and prevention.  The overview is followed by a demonstration of how to properly perform a fingerstick, collecting whole blood specimens, interpreting test results, biohazard safety precautions, and a review of program quality assurance measures for HCV testing. Sample interactive provider/patient scripts are included in the presentation.  In keeping with New York State HIV Confidentiality Laws, no actual test results are delivered to anyone engaging in the fingerstick practice session.    

HIV 101: UNDERSTANDING HIV INFECTION, DIAGNOSIS & TREATMENT

This one-day interactive training explores the history of HIV and HIV fundamentals such as transmission, statistics, testing, and prevention strategies. This course is ideal for new staff who require a strong foundation in the basics of HIV. This course is also useful for staff persons who could benefit from an HIV content refresher.

HIV 201: PEP, PrEP AND OTHER BIOMEDICAL INTERVENTIONS

This one-day training will review the importance of biomedical interventions as they pertain to HIV/AIDS prevention. Throughout the training, attendees will learn about the role combination biomedical and behavioral interventions can play in helping to reach the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy; the impact of linkage to medical care and viral load suppression on HIV transmission; the basics of Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP); and how to discuss these biomedical interventions with clients.

HIV STIGMA: THE IMPACT ON PREVENTION AND CARE SERVICES

Stigma and discrimination are major barriers to the health and happiness for many people living with and most vulnerable to HIV. This one-day training will increase providers’ capacity to recognize the impact of HIV/AIDS-related stigma in order to assist individuals within their communities to access healthcare services (prevention and care). This training allows providers to explore both societal and personal biases that exist as it pertains to HIV/AIDS-related discrimination. This curriculum provides an opportunity for healthcare providers to learn from one another and work together as partners in the response to reduce HIV/AIDS-related stigma and discrimination.

HIV TESTING 

This training is designed for clinical and non-clinical providers expected to perform HIV testing in various agency/community settings.  This one-day training will review the policies, recommendations and technical issues related to HIV testing in New York State.  It will also focus on various testing technologies, from initial screening to confirmation of an HIV diagnosis, a review of informed consent, expansion of HIV and STI testing services for persons under 18, how to properly perform a fingerstick, biohazard safety precautions, interpreting test results, and other quality assurance measures. In keeping with New York State HIV Confidentiality Laws, no actual test results are delivered to anyone engaging in the fingerstick practice session.  


Please Note: An overview of NYS and CDC recommendations for counseling and delivering test results is included in this training. However, role plays/practice sessions are NOT included.  If you are seeking training on how to deliver HIV test results or wish to build your counseling skills in this area, we encourage you to register for the course titled, Delivering HIV Positive Test Results.

IMMEDIATE ANTIRETROVIRAL TREATMENT (iART): A CALL TO ACTION

This one-day training outlines the rationale and best practices for enacting a call to action, to promote immediate antiretroviral treatment for all people newly diagnosed as living with HIV, as well as, those returning to care after a long lapse. The course will review clinical guidelines and current data on iART, share best practices on iART implementation, and navigate insurance barriers and referral processes.

IMPROVING LINKAGE TO CARE USING THE “ARTAS” MODEL

Antiretroviral Treatment and Access to Services

This two-day course will prepare health care providers and staff from non-clinical agencies to assist HIV-positive clients with prompt linkage to medical care. Participants will observe demonstrations and then practice the Linkage to Medical Care/Antiretroviral Treatment and Access to Services (LMC/ARTAS) counseling techniques with feedback from colleagues. Participants will practice using motivational interviewing skills to build a relationship with the client, conduct a strengths assessment, and develop a client-centered action plan with specific, individualized goals and objectives.

INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL NETWORK RECRUITMENT STRATEGY (SNS)

This 1/2 day training introduces agency leadership and program staff to the basic concepts and phases of the Social Network Recruitment Strategy (SNS) for HIV testing. SNS is an evidence supported testing approach to identify persons with undiagnosed HIV infection within various networks and linking them to medical care. An overview of the SNS four phases of implementation is provided along with a planning document to assist agencies in determining whether to integrate an SNS testing program within their primary testing services. At the end of the training, participants will have a better understanding of how SNS may differ or overlap with existing testing programs. Participants are encouraged to discuss the SNS planning document with agency leadership to further assess whether agency resources are in place for effective implementation of this testing strategy.

Please Note: Any agency staff strongly considering or planning to implement this testing strategy should register for the two-day SNS implementation training: Social Network Strategy for HIV Counseling, Testing and Referral. We also recommend that agencies send, at minimum, two staff persons to the implementation training (one of whom is managing or supervising HIV testing services at their agency.)

INTRODUCTION TO VIRAL HEPATITIS

This half-day course will provide health and social service providers with an overview of viral hepatitis. The course will specifically focus on hepatitis A, B, and C, exploring risk, transmission, and prevention strategies for each. This training will also highlight hepatitis C & HIV coinfection, hepatitis C testing and treatment basics.

MI 101: BASIC COMMUNICATION SKILLS

This course is a one day training which covers the Transtheoretical Behavior Change model, Albert Mehrabian's Model of Spoken Communication, elements of a client-centered approach, and basic Motivational Interviewing techniques such as OARS and active listening.

MOTIVATIONAL INTERVIEWING

This two-day training will provide participants with the fundamentals of motivational interviewing (MI), explore techniques for integrating MI into HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment approaches, and allow for participants to practice MI techniques with clients through role play and case study discussions. By the end of this training, individuals will be able to utilize MI to decrease ambivalence and increase the likelihood of behavior change related to HIV prevention and self-management.

PREVENTION NAVIGATION

This one-day training is designed for front-line staff (e.g. prevention/patient navigators or coordinators, outreach specialists and benefits specialists) who will educate participants on the history of HIV prevention navigation and its current impact on Ending the Epidemic in NYC while introducing the Prevention Navigation Model being utilized in the PlaySure Network. Participants will increase their knowledge of prevention navigation as a client-centered approach for HIV-negative individuals or those with unknown HIV status. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to practice skills relevant to prevention navigation and engage with member programs in the PlaySure Network, a collaborative of NYCDOHMH-funded agencies.

SOCIAL MEDIA BASICS FOR HIV OUTREACH AND ENGAGEMENT: POST, TWEET, SNAP

This one-day training focuses on HIV prevention/treatment communication strategies, that rely on social media apps and platforms for high impact community outreach and engagement. The training is interactive, and will have both theoretical and practical modules. It is designed to provide foundational knowledge, that will help participants build and develop their organization’s social media plan. Participants of this training are expected to have some working knowledge of social media apps and platforms. Participants are not expected to provide their own devices.

THE SOCIAL NETWORK STRATEGY FOR HIV COUNSELING, TESTING & REFERRAL SERVICES

This two-day training is recommended for HIV testing providers, program managers or supervisors with responsibilities related to program planning, staffing, fiscal decisions or policy development who have attended The Introduction to Social Network Recruitment Strategy for HIV Testing Programs training.

Please note: this training does not cover information regarding how to conduct social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Grindr, and other online dating sites).

STI 101: UNDERSTANDING SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS

This one-day introductory training will serve to increase health and human service providers’ knowledge and understanding of sexually transmitted diseases (STIs). The training will review transmission, screening, and treatment of the most common STIs, with additional information on available resources.                                           

TRANSGENDER, GENDER NON-CONFORMING AND NON-BINARY AWARENESS

This one-day course is designed for HIV service providers to review and implement effective strategies in engaging and serving diverse populations of transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary (TGNCNB) people.  The training will cover the issues most important to TGNCNB people, while at the same time, developing the skills of service providers in making services more affirming and creating more welcoming spaces.  The training focuses on the reality of TGNCNB experiences, the barriers to healthcare and best practices in outreach and engagement in HIV prevention and care services.

U=U: UNDETECTABLE EQUALS UNTRANSMITTABLE

This one-day course is designed to train front-line staff (e.g., medical providers, patient navigators/coordinators, HIV test counselors, and other prevention/care counselors) to recognize the impact of promoting an empowering message of U=U in a way that is exciting and meaningful, that clarifies the science of U=U making it accessible in sharing with colleagues and clients. The training focuses on understanding U=U as a powerful tool in the larger context of HIV stigma, particularly in the interaction with other “isms” and structural inequality; using U=U as a tool for empowering, encouraging, and supporting HIV+ persons to take ownership over their health, tackle internalized shame, become fully adherent, and thrive as full members of their communities.  Attendees gain understanding and will practice integrating U=U into agency role and current interventions in a culturally-informed and respectful way, that’s effective in preventing new infections, specifically building capacity around adherence assessment and support for all providers.