Facilitator Training


Module 1: Channels of Hope and HIV Competent Faith Communities

1.1 Being a Channel of Hope
1.2 HIV Competent Faith Communities
1.3 Guidelines on Facilitating
Annex 1: Example of a Churches, Channels of Hope Workshop
Annex 2: Suggestions for Talking with Young Adults

Module 2: Understand and Acknowledge Vulnerabilities

2.1 Challenging People’s Attitudes
2.2 Introduction to World View
2.3 Understanding Statistics
2.4 Reality Check


Module 3: Relevant and Responsible Use of the Bible

3.1 Guiding Principles
3.2 Responsible Use of the Bible
3.3 Discover Who You Are
3.4 Ethical Questions
Annex 3: Homosexuality

Module 4: Comprehensive Prevention

4.1 Understanding HIV and AIDS
4.2 HIV Transmission
4.3 Prevention in Practise
4.4 Conditions that Improve Vulnerabilities

Module 5: Compassionate Care and Support

5.1. From Diagnosis to Acceptance
5.2 Living Positively
5.3 Antiretroviral Treatment
5.4 Emotional and Spiritual Care
5.5 Children Living with the Realities of HIV

Module 6: Transformative Justice

6.1 Justice and Advocacy
6.2 Stigma and Discrimination
6.3 Introduction to Gender
6.4 Gender Based Violence
6.5 Human Rights

Module 7: Meaningful Community Interaction

7.1 Competent faith communities engage proactively with the community
7.2 Connecting faith communities and community
7.3 Discover your faith community

Module 8: Accountable Leadership

8.1 Accountable Leadership
8.2 Theory of Change
8.3 Discover God’s Dream
8.4 Strengthen Your Faith Community
8.5 My Role as Faith Leader

Module 9: Closing and the Way Forward

Closing Ceremonies
Annex 4: CABSA and Mentoring
Annex 5: Jargon Guide

Methods of learning
A wide variety of learning methods are used, that are based on the principle of experiential learning.

These methods include: Group participation, Group debates and discussions, Mini lectures, Hypothetical scenarios and role plays, Demonstrations, Individual and personal activities and reflection, Group activities, Games, Pictures, DVDs, Storytelling and sharing of experiences.

What will be expected from participants?
The CABSA Churches, Channels of hope programme forms an integral part of CABSA’s strategy to mobilise and assist faith communities to become HIV competent. Therefore trained facilitators are expected to commit to a lifestyle that will challenge inaction, wrong information, unhealthy attitudes and stigma.
Facilitators are challenged to become Channels of Hope in their own communities and churches and to actively work towards building a caring and responsible faith community.

On completion of the course, facilitators will become part of the CABSA family and will receive basic mentoring from CABSA for a minimum period of five years after the training.

Logistical details of the training
This training program is very intensive and stretches over seven days. The long hours and amount of homework and preparations requires in-house training.

Ideal group size: 20-30 participants.

Participants will be evaluated on the following aspects:
• HIV and AIDS knowledge
• Christian response and understanding of the topic
• Facilitation skills
Assessment will be based on two facilitation sessions of each participant, three written papers and the completion of an assignment.


Resource material
Each participant receives:

  1. A comprehensive manual that includes all the information covered during the training and more,
  2. Master copies of the slides, posters and handouts,
  3. A set of laminated discussion cards,
  4. A CD-Rom with additional reading, tools and the power-point presentation,
  5. Additional booklets that complement the content of training.

The Christian AIDS Bureau is a non-profit organisation that strives to make training accessible, but is constrained by the availability of funding and donations. The cost of each training is therefore negotiated individually and depends on various factors. The average amount is R10 000 per person. Candidates are invited to apply for subsidies, when available.

More information
For more information please contact Aneleh Fourie Le Roux at training@cabsa.org.za or +27 (0)83 292 5358