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Short Course in The Introduction Of HIV For Supporters, Lay Counsellors And Care Givers

Introduction

Counselling people with HIV/AIDS is not only a gift, but an on-going process of learning and acquiring wisdom. A learning and wisdom which can only be acquired through helping those who have been infected with, or affected by, HIV and AIDS.

Skill in comprehensive HIV and AIDS Counselling encompasses all aspects of HIV and AIDS, from diagnosis to death, and is therefore seminal to the sound emotional, psychological and spiritual support of people with HIV.

Since the advent of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, the concept of voluntary, counselling and testing (VCT) has gone far beyond the mere testing of people to determine the nature and cause of what ailed them.

To meet this, need the Foundation for Professional Development has designed a course in HIV/AIDS management for lay-counsellors. A comprehensive, easy-to-use, manual for Southern Africa has been developed by a leading expert in the field. The study guide eliminates the need for additional textbooks, thus providing an integrated course for caregivers, supporters and lay-counsellors.

1. THIS WILL ENABLE YOU TO?

This is a generic skills programme for learners in a variety of counselling contexts where clients are enabled to go through the process of finding solutions to their concerns or difficulties. It is intended for learners who counsel people in a variety of situations, but who are not registered professionals such as qualified psychologist and social workers. It will be useful for counsellors in a variety of counselling contexts including, but not limited to, schools, Non-Governmental Organisations, Faith Based Organisations, the South African Police Service, Counselling Call Centres, Hospitals, Clinics and Support Agencies, Sports Centres, Education and Training facilities, Government and Health and Social Services facilities. It should develop learners who know their scope of practice, behave ethically in a counselling context, conform to minimum standards and know when to refer a client.

The qualifying learner is capable of:

This is a generic skills programme for learners in a variety of counselling contexts where clients are enabled to go through the process of finding solutions to their concerns or difficulties. It is intended for learners who counsel people in a variety of situations, but who are not registered professionals such as qualified psychologist and social workers. It will be useful for counsellors in a variety of counselling contexts including, but not limited to, schools, Non-Governmental Organisations, Faith Based Organisations, the South African Police Service, Counselling Call Centres, Hospitals, Clinics and Support Agencies, Sports Centres, Education and Training facilities, Government and Health and Social Services facilities. It should develop learners who know their scope of practice, behave ethically in a counselling context, conform to minimum standards and know when to refer a client.

COURSE CONTENT:

1. FUNCTIONS AND LIMITS OF THE COUNSELLOR.

  • CONCEPTS OF COUNSELLING
  • QUALITIES AND SKILLS OF A COUNSELLOR
  • AIMS AND ELEMENTS OF A COUNSELLOR
  • MODULES OF COUNSELLING
  • LEGAL AND ETHICAL REQUIREMENTS OF A COUNSELLER

2. COUNSELLING ENVIRONMENT

  • STRUCTURED ENVIRONMENT
  • THE ENVIRONMENT

3. PRINCIPALS AND PROCESSES

  • ACCEPTED PRINCIPALS AND ATTITUDE
  • PREPARE FOR COUNSELLING
  • CONDUCT THE COUNSELLING SESSION

4. ATTITUDES AND BEHAVIOUR.

  • INTERACTION SKILLS

5. APPLY COUNSELLING

  • IDENTIFY THE NEED FOR COUNSELLING
  • REFERRALS
  • DEALING WITH OWN FEELINGS
  • CONFIDENTIALITY AND STORING RECORDS
  • ETHICAL CODE OF CONDUCT
  • DIVERSITY

6. REFLECTION ON COUNSELLING.

  • IDENTIFY STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES AND SELF REFLECTION
  • DEBRIEFING SESSION
  • SUPERVISION OF THE COUNSELLOR
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