This is the first module of a two-part series created to meet the required seven hours of HIV and AIDS coursework for California practitioners’ first license renewal. This module briefly reviews the basics of the HIV virus before exploring rates of new HIV infections in the United States based on specific demographics. Readers will read online content, access information and statistics on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, and view several short video clips in which individuals discuss their personal experiences related to living with HIV. Module 2 of this series highlights topics pertaining specifically to psychotherapists, such as legal and ethical considerations in treating individuals who are HIV-positive, stigma related to one’s HIV-positive status, and trauma-informed treatment. To print a certificate of completion, the online posttest must be passed with a score of 80% or better.
This is the first module in a two-part series that meets the mandated seven hours of HIV and AIDS coursework required for the first license renewal of a California licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), and licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC). For details about continuing education requirements, view the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) “CE Chart.”
After completing this course, readers will be able to do the following:
- Identify the most common forms of HIV transmission in the United States.
- Identify the link between the transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), also referred to as sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
- Identify the number of new HIV infections in the United States.
- Identify the impacts of the disease on those living with HIV, including health issues, stigma, and discrimination.