UNISA Short course in Practical skills for HIV Aids Care and Counselling

UNISA Short course in Practical skills for HIV Aids Care and Counselling

Short course in Practical skills for HIV Aids Care and Counselling (76970)Purpose

The purpose of this module is to empower students with practical skills in HIV/AIDS counselling which entails equipping them with necessary skills and knowledge around HIV/AIDS (awareness, testing and management). Students are also equipped to counsel, support and empower others in their communities, to understand HIV, to prevent HIV infection, to manage HIV, and to know their rights with respect to living with HIV.
 

Target group

Professionals in the health and social sciences, counsellors, nurses, social workers, psychologists, teachers, ministers of faith, peer-counsellors, lay counsellors, religious workers etcAdmission requirements

Module 2: Successful completion of Module 1

Duration

3 months plus a workshop
 Language medium

English
 Registration periods

Semester dates
 Tuition method

The ODL approach is followed. Study material includes workshop manual, a prescribed book and a CD. Students are encouraged to make use of myUnisa.
 Kind of assessment

One portfolio where students complete a practical task wherein they are expected to interview a person living with HIV and apply their practical counselling skills acquired from the workshop to answer questions.
 Practical Counselling Skills in HIV/Aids (AIDM02R)Syllabus/Content Topics

The module covers knowledge of HIV and Aids in general, principles and strategies of behaviour change to prevent HIV infection, HIV counselling principles and skills, care and support for the HIV infected person, and ethics in the HIV field.
 
The module consists of the following themes:
 
Theme 1: Current global Statistics, information and worldviews with regards to HIV/Aids 

  • Global, national and regional impact, prevalence, and incidence of the HIV/Aids epidemic

Theme 2: Fundamental facts about HIV/Aids

  • The history of HIV
  • HIV and the immune system
  • Transmission and prevention of HIV
  • Symptoms and diseases (including TB and STIs)
  • HIV testing
  • Antiretroviral Therapy

Theme 3: Worldview, Attitudes and Self-Awareness

  • Counselors’ frame of reference, perceptions of and stereotypes towards those who are infected
  • Diversity in terms of sexual, gender and cultural issues.

 
Theme 4: HIV counselling, care and support

  • Definition of counselling
  • Counsellor’s values, ethics and attitudes
  • Basic counselling principles and skills
  • Four phases of the counselling process
  • Counselling in diverse contexts
  • Pre- and post-HIV-test counselling
  • Challenges around Disclosure
  • Nutrition and Positive Living

 
Theme 5: Legal and Ethical issues with regard to HIV 

  • Basic rights of people living with HIV and AIDS
  • The Constitution and legal framework
  • National HIV counseling and Testing Guidelines
  • Health Professions Council’s Ethical guidelines for Good Practice with regard to HIV
  • HIV and Employment: Code of Good Practice

 
Theme 6: Care for the Caregiver

  • Bereavement counseling
  • General guidelines for bereavement counseling
  • Counselor’s own grief
  • Occupational Stress and Burn out
  • Factors associated with occupational stress in the AIDS field
  • Care for the self
  • Organizational support
  • Establishing support networks

Course leader

Ms PB Mokgatlhe
PhD (Psychology) in process
Department of Psychology
Discipline expert in HIV and Aids
Office 5-84, Theo van Wijk Building, UNISA
Fax: 086 554 5909
E-mail: Mokgapb@unisa.ac.za
 
 Programme administrator(s)

Ms A Nogqala
Programme administrator
Unisa Centre for Applied Psychology
Office 5-152, Theo van Wijk Building, UNISA
Tel: 012 429 8544 / 2590
Fax: 086 554 5909
E-mail: nogqaa@unisa.ac.za
E-mail: ucap@unisa.ac.za


Overview of Public Universities in South Africa

Here's an overview of some public universities in South Africa, including general admissions requirements and estimated application periods. Keep in mind, specific program requirements and dates can vary significantly, so it's important to check each university's official website for the most current information.

University of Pretoria

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with minimum scores in specific subjects related to the chosen program; for international students, equivalent qualifications.
  • Application Period: Usually opens in March and closes at the end of July for most programs.

University of Cape Town

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with pass levels required for degree study; subject-specific requirements depending on the program.
  • Application Period: Application opens in April and closes at the end of July.

Stellenbosch University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required marks; some programs have additional testing.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and typically closes at the end of June.

University of the Witwatersrand

  • Admissions Requirements: Matriculation certificate with university exemption; required scores vary by faculty.
  • Application Period: Begins in March and ends on the 30th of September.

University of Johannesburg

  • Admissions Requirements: Matric exemption with a minimum APS score; specific subject requirements based on the faculty.
  • Application Period: Opens in April and generally closes by the 30th of September.

University of the Free State

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific marks for the program applied to; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Typically opens in April and closes at the end of August.

University of Venda

  • Admissions Requirements: Completion of the National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for diploma or degree studies; specific APS scores needed.
  • Application Period: Usually from May to September.

University of Fort Hare

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; certain programs may have specific requirements.
  • Application Period: Opens around May and closes at the end of September.

University of the Western Cape

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific performance levels; additional requirements for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Generally from May to September.

North-West University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; program-specific requirements may apply.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and usually closes by the end of August.

Rhodes University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate or equivalent; minimum academic performance in certain subjects.
  • Application Period: Applications open in April and close at the end of September.

Nelson Mandela University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; portfolio or additional tests for some faculties.
  • Application Period: Opens in April, with a deadline at the end of August for most programs.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Opens in May and typically closes by the end of September.

University of Limpopo

  • Admissions Requirements: Senior Certificate with endorsement for diploma or degree courses; specific APS scores for different programs.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

University of Zululand

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for bachelor’s degree studies; specific score requirements for various programs.
  • Application Period: Usually between April and November.

Central University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores for the chosen field of study; additional criteria for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Application period generally starts in May and ends in October.

Vaal University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with a pass that qualifies for admission to bachelor’s degree, diploma, or higher certificate programs.
  • Application Period: Typically from May to September.

Walter Sisulu University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; additional criteria for certain faculties.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

This list provides a starting point for understanding the admissions landscape across South Africa's diverse higher education institutions. Given the variability in programs and requirements, it's crucial to consult each university's website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.