Training the addiction treatment workforce in HIV endemic regions: An overview of the South Africa HIV Addiction Technology Transfer Center initiative.

Kelli Scott, Goodman Sibeko, Beverley Cummings, Bronwyn Myers, Katherine Sorsdahl, Dan J. Stein, Caroline Kuo, Sara J. Becker

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Abstract

The South Africa HIV Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) was formed in 2017 to train health professionals and nonprofessional lay workers in evidence-based addiction interventions as a strategy for addressing the country’s HIV epidemic. This article describes the Year 1 activities of the South Africa HIV ATTC including an initial needs assessment with high-level stakeholders, an advisory board meeting with South African government and nongovernment agencies, a learning exchange with other international ATTCs, and the identification of Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) as a focal intervention for widespread training. The article details the culmination of Year 1 activities via a national forum on SBIRT and presents posttraining satisfaction data across SBIRT events. Lessons learned during the first year include the importance of building strong partnerships with high-level stakeholders, conducting a targeted needs assessment, and identifying a focal intervention for widespread dissemination. Trainees reported high satisfaction and intention to use the knowledge and skills gained. Overall, the methods used by the South Africa HIV ATTC demonstrate a novel approach to training health professionals and lay health workers in evidence-based addiction services as a means of improving HIV outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-85
Number of pages8
JournalTraining and Education in Professional Psychology
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • South Africa
  • brief intervention
  • referral to treatment
  • screening
  • training

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