AIDS Institute Regional Training Center


AIDS Institute Regional Training Center

CAI is a regional training center and center of expertise for the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute, reaching more than 1,300-1900 participants annually through more than 45-70 individual trainings. CAI offers a flexible menu of training programs, tailored to address needs identified by the AIDS institute, other regional training organizations, and HIV service providers.

With more than two decades of experience, CAI's Regional Training Center is recognized as a credible training resource in the field. We provide staff with opportunities to develop training skills and knowledge covering more than 45 different training topics (see calendar for current list of available topics).

These capacity-building opportunities help reduce the stigma around mental illness, increase the self-care capacity of people living with HIV, and increase the knowledge and understanding of people living with HIV and community providers regarding the signs and symptoms of common mental health problems. Through diverse capacity-building opportunities, people living with HIV and community providers have increased awareness of the importance of mental health to overall health and wellness.

AIDS Institute Trainings

Trainings build the knowledge and skills of advanced mental health providers on the latest advances in medical, behavioral and legal issues pertinent to HIV and mental health, including evidence-based practices. Training topics include advanced motivational interviewing; addressing the mental health needs of older adults living with HIV; personality disorders; and working with individuals who are triply diagnosed with HIV, mental health disorder, and substance abuse. Providers reached by these trainings include psychologists, social workers, counselors, therapists, psychiatric nurses and others. Regional networks of providers are developed and supported to increase networking among providers and to facilitate sharing of perspectives and best practices.