• DSHS HIV/STD Program

    Post Office Box 149347, MC 1873
    Austin, Texas 78714

    Phone: (737) 255-4300

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Training - HIV Navigation in Texas

TrainingLearning Series

Target Audience: The workforce receiving DSHS funds or resources to support HIV testing, disease intervention services, PrEP navigation and/or Ryan White care and treatment services 

Goal of the Series: More Texans will be successfully linked and maintained in HIV/STD prevention, care, and treatment services, including PrEP, all of which are important elements of the plan to end the HIV epidemic 

Strategy: Successful completion of the HNT series by the HIV/STD prevention and care workforce

*Required to complete the series:

All DSHS funded staff who provide or supervise

  • HIV testing
  • HIV navigation
  • PrEP navigation

Within first year of employment, all DSHS staff funded to provide

  • Public health follow-up services (DIS)
  • HIV care and treatment services

*If staff completed HNT in 2018, it is not necessary to repeat.


HIV Navigation in Texas (HNT) Learning Plan

This blended learning series has three components:

  1. Two (2) training requirements for specific skills essential to effective navigation
    1. Motivational Interviewing (MI)
    2. Gender and Sexual Diversity (GSD)
  2. Nine (9) e-learning micro modules
  3. Participation in a Regional learning session

Completion of all components must be verified on the HIV Navigation in Texas (HNT) Learning Series Tracking Tool and placed in the Learner’s personnel file.

Required Skills Training

Training is required on the following topics. This training should ideally be completed before attending the Learning Session.

  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Gender and Sexual Diversity (GSD)

The requirement is met if the learner has taken a class in college or attended a class or training that taught these subjects. The learner can provide evidence of completion for their personnel files or the supervisor can approve based on learners report.

If the learner has never received training in these subjects, it is highly recommended that face to face MI and GSD training be completed as soon as possible, preferably before the Learning Session. If that is not possible, there are on-line courses that can provide an introduction to the material and will meet the requirement. Two options are below.

  1. Motivational Interviewing: Texas Health Steps has a free one hour course for health care providers. Cardea has two different free Motivational lnterviewing courses, Motivational Interviewing with Adolescents in Primary Care: The Basics [Cardea] and How do I Help my Clients Make Changes to Improve Their Health? An Introduction to Motivational Interviewing for CHWs [Cardea].
  2. Gender and Sexual Diversity [Cardea]: Cardea Services has a free 1.3 course for nurses, clinicians, counselors, community health workers, and other health care staff who work with clients who may be at risk for, or living with, HIV. The module can also be accessed through the HIV Navigation Learning Series Training Plan [TRAIN Texas] (You must be logged in to TRAIN Texas to view this page).

HIV Navigation in Texas Learning Series Training Plan

E-Learning Modules are available on TRAIN for learners completing the HIV Navigation in Texas (HNT) learning series. Completion of all available modules is highly recommended before attending the HNT Regional learning session. Learners must complete all modules before series completion can be confirmed.

Learn more about TRAIN. 

The modules can be accessed through the HIV Navigation Learning Series Training Plan [TRAIN Texas]  (You must be logged in to TRAIN Texas to view this page). 

E-Learning Objective: Learners will complete on-line micro-lessons designed to improve knowledge and skills necessary to provide navigation services.

HIV Navigation in Texas E-Learning Modules:

  1. Combination Prevention– Working with Clients to Stop HIV Transmission
  2. Micro-lessons:
    1. Introduction to HIV Navigation in Texas
    2. Social Determinants of Health
    3. Typical Client Needs
    4. Gender and Sexuality Review
    5. Motivational Interviewing Review
    6. Decreasing Stigma by Using Sexual Health Language
    7. People First Language
    8. Status Neutral Navigation: Introduction to a New Way of Thinking About HIV

Regional Learning Sessions

The Regional Learning Session is an opportunity for staff members from HIV/STD Prevention and HIV Care and Treatment Services who work in the same region to enhance the knowledge, skills/self-efficacy, and abilities of staff to effectively provide navigation services. Regional data will be presented to enrich discussions of relevant regional issues. Participants will also identify opportunities and barriers to linking and maintaining clients in care. Working together with regional partners, persons will find ways to overcome common problems in order to support clients who need these services.

Note: Due to COVID 19, classroom training requirements for new employees are temporarily suspended. Most Core Training courses have online classes and/or online resource review options. New employees should make use of online options where they are available and complete courses as required.

Watch this space for virtual training options as they become available.

If you have questions about HNT, please contact your program consultant or:

Mary Chapman McIntosh, M.Ed.
Capacity Building Coordinator
HIV/STD Prevention and Care Services
Texas Department of State Health Services

Last updated May 27, 2020