National AIDS Foundation and UNICEF Stage-Based Counseling Training of Trainers

In 2007, CAI was contracted by the National AIDS Foundation (NAF), with funding from UNICEF, to provide a series of Training of Trainers (TOT) program on stage-based counseling (SBC) to 23 participants who worked with the NAF. The objectives of the Mongolian SBC Training program was to provide participants with the knowledge and skills they needed to implement and use a Stage Based Counseling approach in their work, and to train others in the implementation and use of SBC.

Based on the Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change (developed by Prochaska, DiClemente and Norcross), stage-based counseling offers practical strategies for helping clients make and maintain their behavioral changes. This intervention is a directive, client-centered approach to behavior change. This SBC model focuses on the concepts of readiness, importance and confidence as key concepts in reducing resistance and increasing motivation to change, and focusing on these concepts, teaches participants strategies to help clients adopt healthier behaviors. As a result of this training, Voluntary Counselor-Testers at the NAF incorporated the stage-based approach into their HIV counseling and testing practices.