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SAMHSA's Harm Reduction Models for Prevention and Treatment of HIV in Co-Occurring Disorders

Welcome to CEU By Net - sponsoring two dynamic CE courses that explore the politically and socially controversial 'Harm Reduction' approach to treatment and prevention of HIV and AIDS.

This current, research-based course material is published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and earns CE Credit preapproved by NBCC, NAADAC, EACC, IC&RC, and most state boards for behavioral health.  

In our sponsored courses 1K and 8K, you will learn about three successful treatment models using varying Harm Reduction approaches to HIV and AIDS prevention and treatment.

Intervention resources include psychosocial, pharmacological, networking, and incentivizing methods of varying intensity. A blend of these approaches has been found to be effective with a challenging client population of people living with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders, complicated by injection of drugs and engagement in unprotected sex. 

CEU By Net's training is designed to help behavioral health providers plan and implement effective Harm Reduction programs within the community and to successfully navigate a politically diverse and oftentimes controversial public response. These courses provide information you need to answer the 'hot questions' about the Harm Reduction approach. 

For example, does Harm Reduction 'enable' high-risk behaviors? Are free syringes, needle exchange, and condom distribution programs ethical as a medical approach to the prevention of HIV and Hepatitis C?  Is it socially acceptable to promote programs that fail to condemn drug use?

These issues promote controversy in many states and communities. Know how to contend with public policy conflicts through learning about three currently operating, successful Harm Reduction programs.   

Additional Information about these courses. 

As a licensed mental health or addiction counselor, LMFT, social worker or other behavioral health professional, it's important to understand the 'what, how, and why' of the Harm Reduction approach. 

These courses provide valuable perspectives about each of these parameters - helping you to improve the effectiveness of HIV treatment and prevention programs you currently operate, or to be successful in those programs you are planning.  

You will learn effective client training techniques and psychosocial approaches for use with a challenging client population. You will learn how to encourage your clients' adherence to the medication protocols that prevent, treat, and halt the progression of HIV once it's contracted.  

Take the short Course 1K for a clear description of the three models, or take Course 8K for a more extensive description including the current medical and medication compliance aspects of treatment and prevention of HIV.  See the course descriptions in the Course Catalog for the number of Credit Hours earned for these two courses. 

 Go here to review the goals of Course 8K, which will also appear on your certificate.

Go to the HIV Course Catalog to enroll in these Harm Reduction courses. 

Read a brief overview of all our HIV treatment and prevention courses.

Take Unlimited CE Courses for one year at no additional charge with our Annual Subscription, for only $49. 



The Goals of Course 8K, 'Harm Reduction Strategies & Challenges with Co-Occurring HIV, SUD, & Mental Disorders'  

1. Learn the details of three research-validated service delivery models in diverse settings in which HIV can be effectively prevented and treated in persons living with HIV and concurrent SUD and/ or Mental Illness.

2. Learn effective approaches with various populations to encourage uptake and consistent compliance with

(a) Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP - prevention of HIV when exposed to the virus), and

(b) Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), and

(c) suppression of the HIV virus in those who have contracted HIV (ART - Antiretroviral Therapy).

3. Understand the roles of both Biomedical Intervention and Psychosocial Intervention in the prevention and treatment of HIV in people with concurrent behavioral health disorders (SUD and mental illness).

4.  Learn how Syringe Exchange programs are successfully integrated within communities and the most effective approach to implementation with people with concurrent behavioral health disorders.

5. Learn the role of Peer Health Navigation (PHN) and Contingency Management (CM) in achieving behavioral and biomedical targets, including transgender women of color who are at risk for or have HIV and concurrent behavioral health disorders.

6.  Know why it is critical that programs primarily serving people with serious mental illness and SUD

(a) assess their clients for HIV risk, (b) conduct HIV testing, and (c) provide medically and behaviorally integrated HIV prevention and treatment services to address their complex needs.

7. Understand the errors in the design of HIV programs that result in unsuccessful or reduced HIV viral suppression—particularly with those living with a concurrent diagnosis of SUD and/or Mental Illness.

8. Understand that the model HIV treatment and prevention programs presented in this course must be modified as needed, to meet the needs and living circumstances of the local population. 


Source of the Course Content

Course 8K contains 4 of the 5 chapters in the current document published by SAMHSA entitled 'Prevention and Treatment of HIV Among People Living with Substance Use and/or Mental Disorders.'  This validated research was originally published by SAMHSA in 2020 and contains a forward written in 2021 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and an extensive active-link references and resource section.   


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