Finalising A Guide for Caribbean Psycho-social Practitioners in HIV Care
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In 2008 the Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) developed A Regional Model Code of Practice for Psycho-social Practitioners in HIV care (http://www.pancap.org/docs/Psycho_Social_Model_Code_for_Practitioners.pdf) in the region, with support from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). This Code of Practice sought to outline ethical principles and standards through which psycho-social care could be delivered across all populations. Psycho-social practitioners who assisted in the development of the Code, requested additional explicit guidance through counseling guidelines, to further enhance the delivery of psychosocial support. PANCAP therefore engaged a consultant, with support from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prepare these guidelines.
This year, CDC has approved funds for the Peer Review and finalisaton of these guidelines. PANCAP will host a peer review meeting on 28-29 September 2011 in Port-of—Spain, Trinidad, with the following objectives:
1. To review and finalise the draft guide including special sections
2. Provide case illustrations for the guide; and
3. Provide recommendations for reproduction and dissemination of the guide.
1. Review the draft counselling guide:
- for completeness,
- to determine information gaps,
- to ensure appropriate academic citations and references,
- to identify possible additional reading to support capacity building for psychosocial practitioners, and
- to provide practical illustrations for issues in the Guide
2. Review special sections written by specialist psychosocial practitioners in the areas of:
- Pastoral counseling in support of HIV
- Masculinity and Men’s Sexual Health
- Sexual Diversity – MSM and Transgender
- Sex work (women and men)
- Gender, Women and Children
- Social Work needs in the context of STI/HIV
- HIV and Mental Health
These Caribbean based professionals have technical psycho-social expertise as well as an understanding of how HIV is manifested in the region will:
3. Support the editing of draft counseling guidelines, given that the guidelines will represent the standard of work which involves an amalgam of many perspectives. The new scripted content will need to be merged with the existing Code and edited. The team will provide recommendations for editing.
4. Validate the content as psychosocial practitioners who were members of the group of original psychosocial practitioners who supported the development of the code of practice and requested the preparation of the supporting guidelines.
Case illustrations will be provided by this team and reviewed for relevance. Strategies for the reproduction and dissemination of the guide will also be explored.
The Futures Group, as implementers under the USAID Health Policy Project, will support PANCAP in a pilot on the use of the Guide in two countries in the region, in the first year of their project implementation. The lessons learned in that pilot will also inform additional country level roll out of the Guide.