Tuesday, May 30th
1:30 PM EST – 4:45 PM EST
Despite the absence of a cure, HIV/AIDS remains a chronic condition that can be managed through advancements in treatment options and improved access to quality healthcare. As a result, the number of people diagnosed with the disease in the United States has decreased.
The objective of this course is to equip mental health clinicians with the knowledge and resources to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS comprehensively. This includes educating them on prevention strategies, dispelling myths, reducing stigma, understanding and implementing best practices, and providing support to clients and patients.
- Discuss HIV screening and pre-and post-test counseling.
- Explain the transmission of HIV and its strategies.
- Describe the clinical stages of HIV infection.
- Recognize and address social and cultural issues with HIV/AIDS and Bloodborne Pathogens.
Dr. Michele Hewitt holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lenoir-Rhyne University. As an adjunct professor of Psychology at Lenoir-Rhyne University and a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor at Crossroads Counseling Center, she brings over 15 years of experience working with adolescents and adults in diverse settings, including local school systems and non-profit agencies. Dr. Hewitt views her work as a means of serving others and is dedicated to helping students cultivate a passion for continuous learning and personal growth. Her expertise extends to facilitating emotional support groups, conducting trainings on topics such as HIV/AIDS and substance use, and promoting cultural competence. Driven by a commitment to empower individuals, Dr. Hewitt strives to guide people on a transformative journey, transcending their past and present experiences to lead authentic, fulfilling, and healed lives on their own terms. Her compassionate approach fosters a supportive therapeutic environment where healing and growth can thrive. Alongside her teaching responsibilities and therapy services, Dr. Hewitt actively contributes to the community as a board member of a local organization and as the facilitator of an emotional support group. Beyond her professional endeavors, she finds immense joy in spending quality time with her family.