• Social Work
  • Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Licensed Chemical Therapy Counseling
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Dean Scott Cunningham, MD, PhD
Item#: B4144
Contents: 1 Course Book (24 pages)

People Living with HIV/AIDS: Psychosocial Issues, Counseling, & Support

Price $29.95
Item # B4144
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

This course describes the rationale and goals of Counseling Testing and Referral (CTR) and the requirements for becoming a CTR counselor. The psychiatric disorders common in those with HIV/AIDS are identified. The significance of a triple diagnosis involving HIV infection, a psychiatric disorder, and substance abuse is noted. The course describes the side effects which accompany highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). Lipodystropy syndrome is defined. Quality of life issues for the person infected with HIV are discussed.

Participants receive 3 (Clinical Content) continuing education clock hours in participating in this course.

Counselors - course does not qualify for NBCC credit.

Course Objectives
  • List the requirements to become a CTR counselor.
  • Be familiar with the psychiatric disorders common in those with HIV/AIDS.
  • Know the significance of a triple diagnosis.
  • Have an understanding of the side effects which accompany HAART.
  • Define the lipodystrophy syndrome.
  • Discuss quality of life issues for the person infected with HIV.
  • Describe the rationale and goals of CTR.
Dean Scott Cunningham, MD, PhD, is a Clinical Professor with over 20 years of experience in medical practice, writing, and research. He received his BS in Biology & Psychology from Univ. of CA at Riverside, his PhD in Immunoparasitology from Wake Forest Univ. in Winston-Salem, NC., and his MD from F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. He was a Fellow in Reproductive Endocrinology at the National Institute of Child Health and Development Branch of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. He was a Clinical Professor at the Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine. He has taught interns and residents, and has written dozens of journal articles, and completed numerous research projects on various topics dealing with all aspects of family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, and immunology. He has recently published an article in “Life Extension Magazine” (2004) on depression and heart disease. He has cowritten several courses for GSC Home Study. He is currently Medical Director of Empedocles, Inc. Healthcare Communications.
  • Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.