The Community Wellness Project
Midwestern Prevention Intervention Center (MPIC)
Training and Capacity Building Services
The Midwestern Prevention interventions Center (MPIC) provides health departments, community-based and AIDS service organizations, federal government agencies, and other community stakeholders nationally and internationally, program development, skills-building training and support services. These courses are designed to build the infrastructure and capacity of agencies and their staff to successfully implement a wide variety of programs and services in urban and rural communities.
Fundamentals HIV/AIDS/STD 101 Course
Dates: January 21-23, 2015
Location: St. Louis, MO
This 3 day course was developed with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is geared toward health department and community based organization staff including: health educators; peer navigators; intervention specialist; counseling testing and referral specialist (CTRS), and others who provide HIV/AIDS, STD, and Hepatitis C education. Participants will leave with the ability to share the facts about HIV/AIDS accurately and in culturally sensitive and non-judgmental ways. Participants will be equipped with the skills needed how to facilitate HIV/AIDS fact based discussions with individuals, groups, and in community settings.
Basic Facilitation Skills Course
Dates: February 18-20, 2015
Location: St. Louis, MO
This 3 day skills building course was developed with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is geared toward health department and community based organization staff including: health educators; peer navigators; intervention specialist; counseling testing and referral specialist (CTRS), and others who provide HIV/AIDS, STD, and Hepatitis C education. This course is designed to enhance knowledge and skills relative to facilitating small and large group sessions effectively. This course utilizes a very interactive format which includes group, pair and individual activities. The activities range from developing strategies and handling challenging group participants, to demonstrating techniques utilized in conducting group sessions.
Enhanced Training and Facilitation Skills Course
Dates: April 21-23, 2015
St. Louis, MO
The 3 day course was designed to enhance the skills of seasoned facilitators and trainers’ who conduct trainings and/or are responsible for managing staff who implement and facilitate Effective Behavioral Interventions (EBIs,) and other related programs. This course includes group, pair and individual activities. The activities include a review of the various facilitation skills; teaching strategies; identification of the qualities and characteristics desired to become an effective trainer, and understanding how to effectively work with a co-trainer to implement EBIs and other programs with fidelity.
Sisters Informing Sisters about Topics on AIDS (SISTA)
Dates: March 10-13, 2015
St. Louis, MO
This 4-day course has been designed to train individuals who want to become a community facilitator of the Sisters Informing Sisters about Topics on AIDS (SISTA) intervention.
The SISTA project is a social-skills training intervention for African American women. It is aimed at reducing HIV sexual risk behavior. It is comprised of five 2-hour sessions, delivered by peer facilitators in a community-based setting. The sessions are gender specific and culturally relevant and include behavioral skills practice, group discussions, lectures, roleplaying, Prevention video viewing and take-home exercises.
By the end of this 4-day training, facilitator trainees will be able to: Implement and facilitate the SISTA intervention for women in their communities; identify and describe the two behavioral theories that underlie the SISTA intervention; identify and describe the 7 core elements of the SISTA intervention; identify and use effective communication skills, facilitation skills and teaching strategies for the implementation of the SISTA intervention, and identify and use culturally specific session enhancements within the SISTA intervention.