Training offerings

HIV counselling in the South African context

This course offers a theoretical and practical introduction to biomedical facts, as well as prevention and counselling methods relevant to providing HIV pre- and post-test counselling and ongoing support. The course is offered over a period of 10 days. The days are divided into two 5-day parts. Part one covers the biomedical, social and psychological orientation. Part two focuses on HIV counselling in particular. The course is open to everyone, although it is focused on NGO members, peer educators, nursing staff, and theology (MTh) students.

THE TRAINING TEAM consists of:

  • Monica du Toit (MA Clinical Psychology) – Manager: OIHC
  • Michelle Munro (MEd) – Co-ordinator: HIV Curriculum Development and Training
  • Jaco G. Brink (Honours Psychology) – Co-ordinator: Prevention

Applied skills in HIV counselling and communication

This is an accredited short-course presented by the OIHC of Stellenbosch University, in partnership with the African Network for Strategic Communication in Health and Development (AfriComNet).

Module 1 will give participants the opportunity to reflect on their own attitudes towards issues related to HIV, sexuality, gender, race, etc. In addition, the module will ensure that all participants are familiar with the basic facts of HIV/Aids and will clarify any misconceptions. Module 2 will orientate participants regarding the purpose, differences and interrelatedness of IPC counselling and client education in strategic HIV communication. Module 3 will introduce participants to the principles, process and context of client education and its use within health education and counselling. Module 4 will introduce participants to specific communication techniques and skills relevant to counselling and offer participants the opportunity to master these skills through practical role-plays. Module 5 will integrate IPC, counselling and client education proficiency in various HIV-counselling contexts.

Leadership in Strategic Health Communication - Africa

The Leadership in Strategic Health Communication (LSHC) workshop is an integrated approach to learning health communication. Classroom presentations, discussions, the SCOPE computer program, and the P-process create a synergy that greatly enhances communication skills.

There are three main objectives that the LSHC training has set out to offer its participants. The first one aims to give participants a greater understanding of the process of planning health communication interventions, from early stages through programme evaluation; second, to learn how to work with households and communities in analysing, designing, developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating an effective health communication programme; and third, to develop skills in visionary leadership.

Winter school short course

The goal of the short course is to nurture and develop the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes of students as leaders and future professionals to manage HIV prevention and care in the workplace, both locally and abroad.

More information

Contact Michelle Munro.