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The balanced counseling strategy plus : a toolkit for family planning service providers working in high HIV/STI prevalence settings

POPULATION COUNCIL
2011

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"This "is an interactive, client-friendly approach for improving counseling on family planning and prevention, detection, and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV. The BCS+ was adapted from the Balanced Counseling Strategy, an evidence-based and well-researched tool for improving counseling on contraceptive methods. The BCS+ toolkit, developed and tested in Kenya and South Africa, provides the information and materials needed for health care facility providers to provide complete and high-quality family planning counseling to clients who live in areas with high rates of HIV and STIs.The BCS+ tools are generic and can be revised according to national and/or regional guidelines and different contexts
This second edition toolkit includes the following: * BCS+ Trainer’s Guide: Supervisors and others can use this to train health care facility directors and service providers on how to use the BCS+ for counseling family planning clients. * BCS+ User’s Guide: This guide focuses on how to implement the Balanced Counseling Strategy Plus. It can be distributed during training or used on its own with the BCS+ job aids. * BCS+ job aids comprising: - BCS+ algorithm that summarizes the 19 steps needed to implement the BCS+ during a family planning counseling session. These steps are organized into four stages: pre-choice, method choice, post-choice, and STI/HIV counseling. - BCS+ counseling cards that the provider uses during a counseling session. There are 26 counseling cards, the first of which contains six questions that the service provider asks to rule out the possibility a client is pregnant. Each of the next 16 cards contains information about a different family planning method. The next 3 cards provide advice on pregnancy and the postpartum period. The last 6 cards provide essential information for counseling on preventing, detecting, and treating STIs and HIV. - BCS+ method brochures on each of the 16 methods represented by the counseling cards. The brochures provide counseling to clients on the method they have chosen and then are given to clients for later reference. This means clients do not have to rely on their recollection of what was discussed with the provider. - WHO Medical Eligibility Criteria Wheel (offsite link) guides providers through medical conditions and medications that may be contraindications to use of particular contraceptive methods. The BCS+ tools are generic and can be revised according to national and/or regional guidelines and different contexts"
A video describing use of the BCS+ toolkit in South Africa also is available. To obtain Microsoft Word versions of BCS+ files to modify or revise according to your local setting, please contact the publisher

Positive prevention : HIV prevention with people living with HIV. A guide for NGOs and service providers

INTERNATIONAL HIV/AIDS ALLIANCE
September 2007

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This guide is intended as a resource to help nongovernmental organisation (NGO) staff and HIV service providers working across the spectrum of HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services to take steps towards integrating HIV prevention for, by and with people living with HIV. It is hoped it will also be of use both to individual people living with HIV and to their partners. The guide does not intend to discuss or review all HIV prevention strategies. Rather, it is a starting point from which to consider different strategies to assist NGO staff and HIV service provider organisations to support HIV positive people to live well with HIV and have safer sexual relationships within a full and healthy life. This guide focuses largely on the sexual transmission of HIV

Let's talk about HIV counselling and testing : facilitators' guide

International HIV/AIDS Alliance
December 2006

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This is a toolkit to help NGOs and community-based organisations working to mobilise communities to improve their awareness of HIV counselling and testing and to improve the up-take of HIV counselling and testing; advocating for increased access to quality HIV counselling, testing, care, treatment and prevention; or interested in providing HIV counselling and testing services. It is divided into eight sections: What is HIV and what is AIDS?; what is involved in HIV counselling and testing; who is providing these services in the community and who they are for; the advantages and barriers of counselling and testing; stigma, discrimination and confidentiality; the needs of people after being tested and ideas for community activities. Each section has an accompanying information sheet

HIV counseling and testing for youth : a manual for providers

FISCHER, Suzanne
et al
2005

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This is a manual for service providers and counsellors enabling them to improve their skills and assist youth with the difficult issue of HIV counselling and testing. The manual provides: step-by-step information for using the traditional voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) model with youth; step-by-step information for using a counselling and testing model for youth in clinical settings; resources to help meet the broader sexual needs of youth, including information on contraceptive options and other sexually transmitted infections; information on how to counsel youth and use youth-friendly service approaches; tips and role-plays to use with young people on abstinence, being faithful, and using condoms; guides for creating a referral network

VCT toolkit : HIV voluntary counselling and testing. A reference guide for counsellors and trainers

SANGIWA, Gloria
et al
January 2004

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This reference guide was developed for trainers, counselors in training, and working counselors, to highlight the links between VCT and HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and support. It provides teaching methodologies, including demonstrations, role-playing, supervised practice, desensitization, and negotiating skills. It also contains worksheets and checklists for practical sessions, and texts for demonstrations and exercises to be conducted during the training courses. Chapters focus on counselling strategies, physical and psychological care, counselling for specific groups, grief and bereavement, counsellor stress and burnout, monitoring and quality assurance, and ethics. The guide outlines key activities related to training in (and provision of) VCT services

Improving provider-client communication : reinforcing IPC/C training in Indonesia and self-assessment and peer review

KIM, Y M
et al
2000

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Report of a study that tested the effectiveness of two low-cost alternatives to supervision (self-assessment and peer review) that may reinforce providers' skills after training. The performance of 3 groups of providers, who attend family planning clients was compared. Provider-client interactions were improved in the groups undergoing peer review or self-assessment, as was the level of facilitative communication. The level of information-giving was not improved in the control group or the groups undergoing peer review or self-assessment

Publications of the Southern African AIDS Training Programme

SOUTHERN AFRICAN AIDS TRAINING PROGRAMME (SAT)

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This CD-ROM is a compendium of the publications produced by SAT up to 2004. It includes their counselling guidelines series, directories, accounting guidelines, a guide on integrating gender issues in HIV responses in Southern Africa, and SAT's publications in Portuguese. Titles in English include:
COUNSELLING GUIDELINES SERIES
Counselling guidelines on disclosure of HIV status
HIV status and disclosure: choices and consequences
Counsellling guidelines on child sexual abuse
Counselling guidelines on palliative care and bereavement
Counselling guidelines on domestic violence
Counselling guidelines on survival skills for people living with HIV
Basic AIDS counselling guidelines
DIRECTORIES
Malawi directory of support groups for people living with HIV and AIDS 2000
Zambia directory of support groups for people living with HIV and AIDS 2001
Zimbabwe directory of support groups for people living with HIV and AIDS 2000
Zimbabwe directory of counselling services 2000
OTHER PUBLICATIONS
Accounting guidelines
Community response to AIDS in Manicaland
Mainstreaming gender in the reponse to AIDS in Southern Africa: a guide for the integration of gender issues into the work of AIDS service organisations

Comprehensive reproductive health and family planning training curriculum

PATHFINDER INTERNATIONAL

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These training modules have been designed for the training of physicians, nurses, and midwives by clinical trainers who do not have an extensive training background. Training sessions include simulation skills practice, case studies, role plays, discussions, clinical practices, on-site observation, specific measurable objectives, knowledge, attitudes, skills checklists, and exercises for the development of action plans. Module contents available online: 1. Introduction/Overview 2. Infection Prevention 3. Counselling 4. Combined oral contraceptives and progestin-only pills 5. Emergency Contraceptive Pills (ECPs) 6. DMPA 7. IUDs 8. Lactational Amenorrhea and Breast Feeding Support 9. Condoms and spermicides 11. MVA for treatment of incomplete abortion 12. Reproductive tract infections 13. Postpartum/Postabortion Contraception 14. Training of Trainers 16. Reproductive Health Services for Adolescents

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