Other CABSA Trainings

CABSA's flagship training is the Churches, Channels of Hope Facilitators Training. You can read more about this program here.

CABSA also present other trainings or workshops on request. This includes the course "Integrating HIV into your Personal, Professional and Spiritual Life", "Channels of Hope for Peer Educators", workshops on gender, on preaching about HIV and other specific areas dealing with HIV and a faith response. CABSA staff and trained facilitators can present Churches, Channels of Hope workshops to assist local faith communities or congregations in their journey to HIV competentce.

Three Day HIV training:

The purpose of this program is to equip participants with thorough knowledge of and sufficient insight into HIV and Aids related facts and issues that will empower them to integrate this information on a personal, spiritual and professional level.

This training was developed to respond to the need expressed by institutions to offer employees and volunteers with a thorough but shorter training that focuses on HIV and its impact on a specific institution, organisation or community.

Five Day HIV Peer Educator training:

The purpose of this training is to equip Peer Educators and Community workers with a thorough understanding of the most essential HIV and AIDS related facts and topics. This training includes an element of assessment and participants will be assisted and coached to also share HIV related information with others.

If you are interested in any of these options, contact Aneleh at training@cabsa.org.za

Report of a few other trainings and workshops can be read below.

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Peer Education for Young women, Maranatha Retreat, March 2017

   

In response to recent research: "In sub-Saharan Africa, of which South Africa forms part of, there are about 8,600 new HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women every week." 1. http://www.aidspan.org/…/…/gfo/304/English/GFO-Issue-304.pdf  CABSA therefore decided to address this by having a peer education training for young women between the ages of 18-24 years.

The peer education training was thought provoking on both training team and participants as the challenges are real for this age group. Their worldview was challenged throughout the training regarding people living with HIV. Condoms was also quite interesting for this all female group, as some have not heard of the female condom before.

Here are some random comments from the participants:

  • “I was especially blessed to see how scripture became so relevant to our everyday life through the guiding principles”
  • “I have grown to understand the pain people go through because of stigma.”
  • “I now understand HIV better especially ARV’s.”
  • “The highlight was to learn how HIV is transmitted and how to use the condoms and even how to check them."
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CABSA and INERELA+ Present Training in the Use of the SAVE Toolkit

What is SAVE?
CABSA, INERELA+ and many of our partners promotes the ‘SAVE’ approach to HIV, a response that was originally formulated by the leaders of the African Network (ANERELA+). The SAVE approach provides a more holistic way of preventing HIV by incorporating the principles of the ABC (Abstinence, Be faithful and Condom use) as well as providing additional information about HIV transmission and prevention, providing support and care for those already infected and actively challenging the denial, stigma and discrimination so commonly associated with HIV.

SAVE Toolkit
The SAVE prevention methodology has been used and taught by INERELA+ for eight years and is finally available as a comprehensive toolkit. This toolkit systematically tackles the stigma, shame, denial, discrimination, inaction and misaction around HIV and AIDS, and comprehensively gives information related to HIV and methods of HIV transmission and how to mitigate these. A major challenge for faith leaders on HIV has been the lack of skills in addressing sex, sexuality and gender in their faith communities. This toolkit gives users a step by step methodology of addressing sensitive issues in an open, informative and non-stigmatising way which does not avoid otherwise difficult issues. (more info and a download link for the Toolkit can be found here)

Training

CABSA and INERELA+ now have the opportunity to offer a three day training for churchleaders involved in HIV on the use of the toolkit.

Treaining will take place in Gaueteng and the Western Cape over the next few months, and in KwaZulu Natal in partnership with KZNCC.

More information will be provided in the announcement section of this website and in social media.

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HIV Integration Training Course.

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Channels of Hope HIV Integration Training Course

“Integrating HIV and AIDS information on a personal, spiritual and professional level”

Purpose
The purpose of this training programme is to equip participants with thorough knowledge of, and sufficient insight into, HIV and AIDS related facts and issues that will empower them to integrate this information on a personal, spiritual and professional level.

Background

CABSA has been implementing a very comprehensive and intensive HIV facilitator training course, “Churches, Channels of Hope Facilitator Training” since 2003. The purpose of this programme is to empower church leaders with the attitudes, knowledge and skills to be channels of hope and assist faith communities towards becoming HIV competent.

Years of experience with this highly praised course taught us that:

  • Not all Christians are necessarily leaders.
  • Not all Christians are necessarily called to become actively involved in the field of HIV.
  • Yet, all Christians are affected and challenged by HIV in different ways.
  • All Christians should understand their own vulnerability in terms of HIV and AIDS.
  • All Christians CAN benefit from a better understanding of HIV and how it affects us as Christians.
  • Christians need to recognise the challenges and opportunities that HIV brings to their work places.

With this in mind, the HIV Integration course was developed to assist Christians to integrate HIV information on a personal, spiritual and professional level. Feedback on general HIV and the Workplace programmes indicates that many of these programmes lack a spiritual component, making it less successful in attitude and behaviour change.

This programme has been presented in a variety of settings for different groups and has a degree of flexibility to accommodate local needs.

The programme has been presented to

  • Two groups of academic and administrative staff of the Huguenot College, Wellington 
  • Support staff at the Huguenot College, Wellington
  • Visiting group from Nigeria sponsored by Woord en Aksie – a Dutch organisation working in Nigeria at the time. (Presented in Malawi)
  • Two groups of participants from various PRISMA partner organisations as part of organisational capacity building programme. (In Johannesburg and Zimbabwe)
  • Staff of Waterberg FET College. (Mokopane)
  • Members of the Harare based organisation, Youth Engaged (Zimbabwe)

Some feedback from previous participants:

  • I think am better off now than last week.  The workshop has been a life changing event.
  • I am now a changed somebody. Thanks !!
  • Information given will also assist me in personal decision making
  • It was an important journey for me to challenge my personal beliefs on particular issues
  • Some of the scriptures were excellent and helped me see my walk with God differently.  But I need more time on them personally before I can say I’m empowered.
  • The pace and variety of activities were excellent.  This is a rare comment for me to make.  There was never a time when I was bored.

Outcomes

The successful participant would be:

  • Equipped with thorough knowledge on HIV and AIDS related topics and issues;
  • Enriched and challenged to explore a Christian response to the challenges of HIV and AIDS,
  • Able to respond accurately and sensitively to HIV questions and challenges in the workplace, and
  • Challenged, motivated and equipped to start integrating the above on a personal, spiritual and professional level.

Who should attend this programme?

This training is suitable for anybody with the desire to know and understand more about HIV and AIDS related topics.  This could therefore include anyone who wishes to have a better understanding of the challenges and realities HIV and AIDS brings to their specific project or ministry.

The programme is also ideal for employers and employees who as a group want to improve their understanding of and response to HIV and AIDS.

This programme was specifically developed from a Christian perspective, but is sensitive to people of other faiths. All participants and their views will be treated with respect and dignity.

Content of programme

1. Integrating the knowledge on a personal level
  • Exploring my attitudes and worldview
  • Evaluating personal risk
  • Understanding statistics and the impact of HIV and AIDS on various contexts
  • HIV and AIDS related facts
    • HIV and AIDS
    • The immune system
    • The effect of HIV on the immune system
    • Phases of infection
    • Treatment options (including ARVs)
    • Transmission

2. Integrating the knowledge on a spiritual level

  • Bible reflections integrated into course
  • Prevention strategies
  • Addressing Stigma
    • Listening to HIV stories
    • Understanding my role/responsibilities as a Christian
 
3. Integrating the knowledge on a professional level
  • How does HIV impact on my profession/work environment/ministry etc.
  • Case studies
  • Introduction or revisiting of HIV workplace policy.
  • Planning towards my own response
  • Sharing and praying

Duration

This is a three day training program that will require some homework.

The three days could be scheduled as three consecutive days (ideally Tuesday – Thursday) or can be on one specific day of the week for three consecutive weeks.

Other options can be discussed with the training manager.

Ideal group size

20 -30 - Smaller groups are less cost effective, but will be considered.

Training venue

Training will focus on group work and the training room should therefore allow enough space for four or five groups to be seated around tables.

Evaluation

Participants will complete a pre and post training questionnaire, to assess the impact of the training on their HIV related knowledge and attitudes.

Resource material

Each participant will receive a reader with information, articles on the topics covered, and additional pamphlets and booklets.

Participants could register for an electronic monthly CARIS (Christian AIDS Resource and Information Service) newsletter.

Participants could register for a weekly electronic Bible Message with an HIV focus.

Costs

CABSA is a non-profit organisation that strives to make training accessible, but is constricted by the availability of funding and donations. The cost of each training event is therefore negotiated individually and depends on various factors.

Follow up

On completion of the course participants will have the option of receiving CABSA’s weekly Bible message, the monthly CARIS newsletter and the CABSA quarterly newsletter. Participants will also be encouraged to use the resources on the webpage and at our two resource centres.

More information

For more information on please contact Aneleh Fourie-Le Roux at training@cabsa.org.za or (+27) 021 873 0028.  

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