HIV: an Overview for Counsellors


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The ‘HIV in Ireland Survey 2017’ revealed the impact that stigma continues to have on people living with the condition in this country. The survey, one of the most significant pieces of research on stigma and HIV knowledge to be carried out in Ireland in over a decade, revealed that 17 per cent of people living with HIV said they felt suicidal in the last year; a quarter are not comfortable with their own HIV positive status; and a third had experienced being rejected in a relationship due to their HIV status.


This one-day training aims to introduce key aspects of working with clients who are living with HIV, as well as their friends/partners/families and introduces guidelines for professionals working in this area.

Who is the training for?

This training will be beneficial for professional counsellors, therapists, health and social care workers, and other mental health workers.

Training Programme Content:

  • Overview of HIV (transmission, prevention, testing and treatment).
  • Common Presenting Issues.
  • Disclosure/Confidentiality.
  • Practical Issues.
  • Relationships and Sex.
  • Emotional/Spiritual Issues.
  • Referring.
  • Legal Issues.
  • Case Studies.
  • A Counselling Model.

Length of Training:

This is a full-day training programme, approx. 7 hours in duration.


Words used to describe this training by previous participants:

Excellent; Informative; Applicable; Interactive; Clear.

What previous participants said about this education and training:

“Much needed and super environment.”

“Would be great to see GPs / dentists / teachers etc. doing a course like this to create better understanding nationally.”

“Thank you for a very interesting and well delivered presentation.”


CPD Credits:

A certificate of attendance detailing the number of hours training completed is provided to each participants.  You can apply to your own accrediting associations and organisations for CPD credits, if applicable.

About the Facilitators:

This course is facilitated by Sue Carter and Richard Boyle.  Sue has been working as a Trainer with HIV Ireland for eleven years and has developed most of the current education and training programmes.  Sue has a Masters in Equality Studies and a Bachelor Degree in Social Science.  Richard Boyle, IICHP, BA (Mod), has worked as a counsellor/psychotherapist with HIV Ireland for over twenty years.  Richard aims to share his experiences and learning from working with a wide variety of client presenting issues in a stimulating training environment where group participation is encouraged.

Book this training:

  • Organisation Bookings: Organisations can request this training when there is a number of staff to be trained.  A maximum of 15 participants applies.  Contact us for further details and costs – email

  • Calendar of Training:  This training programme is included in our annual calendar of training to cater for individual bookings.  Check our Calendar of Training for scheduled dates.