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Assessment and Treatment of People Living with HIV and AIDS ( 7 CE UNIT HOURS )

Time limit: 180 days
7 credits

$180 Enroll

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Course Description

Assessment and Treatment of People Living with HIV and AIDS is designed to meet the requirements for licensed professional clinical counselors in California who must take a one-time, seven hour continuing education course covering the assessment and treatment of people living with HIV and AIDS, as part of the 36 hour continuing education coursework requirement.

In this course, the focus is on the assessment and treatment of HIV/AIDS with an emphasis on counseling. The student will gain the essential knowledge to assess and treat people infected with HIV or who have AIDS. It covers the basics of the current information about HIV/AIDS, including definition, transmission, types of virus, how a person becomes infected, progression, evidence that HIV causes AIDS and how, and the origin of HIV/AIDS. Prevention concerns are addressed recognizing special populations.

How HIV/AIDS patients are treated medically is explained along with how to care for them. Specifically, the course discusses counseling and psychotherapy with HIV/AIDS patients. It focuses on counselor roles, key issues, client centered counseling, family issues, mental health disorders, legal (discrimination and stigma) issues and finally, end-of-life issues. AIDS is still considered a terminally ill disease. The course concludes with a brief discussion of growing old with HIV/AIDS.


There are no required texts for this course.

Frequently Asked Questions

APA-approved CE is accepted by the California BOP and BBS.

This course:

  • Is work at your own pace with no start or end dates. Anyone can register at any time.
  • Awards continuing education hours upon successful completion


Course Instructor

Laura Petracek, PhD, LCSW

Laura Petracek, PhD, LCSW

Dr. Petracek is currently a Psychologist at San Quentin State Prison and maintains a private practice in both San Francisco and Oakland. She has worked in the field of chemical dependency for over 30 years, domestic violence for 20 years, and for past the past 10 years in forensic psychology.


As Clinical Director at New Leaf, she developed and implemented HIV/AIDS education training for interns and staff training. Her book, WOVEN, An Anger Management Book for Women, was published in the fall of 2004 by New Harbinger Publications.

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Course Date:

Open Enrollment



Course Type:

Asynchronous Web Lectures     7 CE Unit Hours