Strength-Based Approach

On hold due to COVID-19. Will resume as soon as it is safe to do so.

The Strengths-Based Counseling Model (SBCM) has been used effectively in different settings to promote overall health. This model or approach marks a shift from a traditional deficit-based perspective to one which recognizes clients’ strengths and competencies. It has been successfully implemented via ARTAS to link clients living with HIV to medical care.

This two-day training describes the SBCM and how it can be applied to a variety of concerns and settings related to HIV prevention and care. The principles, techniques, and application of this approach are described, demonstrated, and practiced.

This training builds provider skills in the effective use of the SBCM so they may help clients reduce their risk and promote their engagement and retention in services. The training is appropriate for any community-based organization or health department interested in the application or integration of a strengths-based approach into their service delivery model.


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