Certificate in HIV & AIDS Counselling
The proposed Supplementary Certificate in HIV & AIDS Counselling course at Lyantonde School of Nursing and Midwifery in Uganda is designed to equip healthcare professionals with specialized knowledge and skills in HIV and AIDS counselling. This six-month course aims to provide students with the necessary competencies to provide effective counselling, support, and education to individuals affected by HIV and AIDS. The certificate course in HIV & AIDS Counselling will be conducted over a period of six months, comprising several modules.
- Develop a comprehensive understanding of HIV and AIDS: Students will acquire in-depth knowledge about the causes, transmission, prevention, and treatment of HIV and AIDS, as well as the psychosocial aspects of living with the condition.
- Enhance counselling and communication skills: Emphasis will be placed on developing effective counselling techniques, active listening, empathy, and establishing a supportive and non-judgmental environment for clients.
- Provide psychosocial support and education: The course will focus on equipping students with the skills to provide emotional support, education, and guidance to individuals living with HIV, their families, and affected communities.
- Foster cultural sensitivity and stigma reduction: Students will learn to address cultural beliefs, values, and attitudes towards HIV and AIDS, and develop strategies to reduce stigma and discrimination associated with the condition.
- Understand ethical considerations in HIV counselling: The course will explore ethical issues related to confidentiality, informed consent, and the rights of individuals seeking counselling services.
Student learning and progress will be assessed through written assignments, presentations, counselling simulations, role-plays, and reflective journals. The assessments will evaluate students' understanding of HIV and AIDS counselling principles, their counselling skills, and their ability to apply knowledge to practical counselling scenarios.
Upon completion of the Supplementary Certificate in HIV & AIDS Counselling course, healthcare professionals will be equipped with specialized skills to work in various settings, such as HIV clinics, counseling centers, community health organizations, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) focused on HIV and AIDS. They can pursue career paths as HIV counselors, community health workers, outreach coordinators, or engage in HIV education and advocacy.