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The Storm

newUpdated 2017


This course meets the qualifications for 7 hours of training in HIV/AIDS

Follow the compelling journey of Sarah, a 33 year old woman, who discovers she has HIV.  Learn about HIV and AIDS as you explore clinical issues, spiritual, ethical and legal questions, countertransference, passion and compassion.

Learning Objectives:

Upon Completion of this course, the clinician will be able to:

· List the clinical issues involved in HIV/AIDS Treatment

· Explain the HIV/AIDS Diagnosis

· Describe the stages a person diagnosed with HIV might go through

· Assess treatment resources for clinicians, clients and caretakers.

        · Describe treatment issues for youth and women and HIV

        · Apply knowledge of the legal and ethical issues relating to HIV/AIDS


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CA BBS - California Board of Behavioral Science accepts our CE Provider Approvals through APA, NASW, and NBCC. Course meets the qualifications for hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Science
Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, Mental Health Counseling (BAP 753 )
NAADAC - The Association for Addiction Professionals (#575)
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Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors (#1761)
The Texas Board of Social Work Examiners (#6246)

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This course introduces therapists to HIV through the experience of Sarah, a 33 year old woman. Through Sarah's journey I hope you see the relevance of learning about HIV, because Sarah could be almost any adult client, male or female, gay or straight.  We will follow Sarah's journey from the suspicion of having HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus, through the anxiety of testing, and her subsequent feelings and actions.  In the Internet version of this course, Sarah's comments are in brown ink. In Sarah's own words to therapists:

"Tell them--tell everyone!  Talk openly to your clients about HIV and AIDS.  Educate everyone you know."

"We're special, we who have HIV and AIDS.  It doesn't matter to me anymore how someone got it, through sex or drugs or blood...the fact is, we are all in it together.  We share the same experience, and have the same hopes and dreams.  And nobody on this planet gets off alive.  It is just that some of us have to look at it sooner.  And maybe we're wiser, and maybe not, but judging and being judged doesn't help."

"And ask them, the therapists, to really look themselves in the mirror, and ask themselves if they are judging me.  Tell them no healing happens when a person feels judged, and nobody sets out to get HIV or AIDS.  Ask them if they judge children for getting measles. I am me, and I have my story, but also I am everyone, every man, every woman, every teenager and every child who has gotten HIV."

"And tell them that life is made up of many storms, big and small.  Getting diagnosed HIV+ is a really big storm: a hurricane.  And I know that I will have other storms in my life, some big, some small.  And if I get AIDS, that will be another hurricane.  But tell them that storms pass. They always do!"

Along the way I will also share my journey as Sarah's therapist.  I will share my thoughts, my countertransference reactions, and the spiritual, ethical and legal questions that arose in me.  My reactions are in these boxes.

I wrote this course because my work with people who have HIV and AIDS has made me more human and more aware of life.  Many of us choose death in small ways every day: working in unsatisfactory settings, complaining about things; yet never risking change.  We all seem to get too busy.  We forget to communicate from our hearts. We don't value the elders and the children in our lives.  Working with people living on the edge, who are aware of 'death on their left shoulder'; has made me more conscious, more joyful, and paradoxically, more alive.


HIV and AIDS are affecting the entire world.  Encountering clients such as Sarah, I am reminded once again of the phrase: "Remember, we are not human beings on a spiritual journey, but spiritual beings on a human journey."

I am enormously grateful to Sarah and to other clients and friends who allowed me to share part of their journey.  Thank you.  This course also wishes to thank the many websites which granted me permission to link.  You will find these throughout the text, and in Chapter 10: References and Resources.

HIV: The Storm
Table of Contents

1. Meeting Sarah

2. Test Anxiety

3. Diagnosis: Shock

4. Legal and Ethical Issues

5. Anger

6. Depression

7. Grief

8. Hope

9. Post Script

10. References and Resources

Cost of the course is $88

All material included in this course is either in the public domain, or used with express permission.

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