HIV Positive Mental Health Consumer Support
Group Leadership Training
Lisa A. Razzano, Ph.D., Judith A. Cook, Ph.D. and Marie M. Hamilton, L.C.S.W. with John Perry, M.A. and Dan Curley, M.A.
The HIV+ Mental Health Consumer Support Group Leadership Training builds upon two distinct yet complimentary trends in mental health and
rehabilitation service delivery. The first is consumer-to-consumer peer support offered by persons coping with psychiatric disability, and the second is the peer support and mutual assistance model commonly
utilized among persons affected by HIV/AIDS. This project explores the use of consumer peer support for HIV+ persons with psychiatric disabilities. A training manual currently is being developed to guide
and support consumers who wish to facilitate peer support groups for other HIV+ mental health consumers. The project also will conduct an evaluation of support group activities, including measures of change
for peer facilitators' and group participants' attitudes and knowledge, their satisfaction with the ways in which the groups are conducted, their feelings after each session, and issues that they believe
should be included or addressed in future groups.
For more detailed information about
this project, visit the page devoted to this topic
in the HIV/AIDS section
of our Web site. You can also email Lisa
Razzano, Ph.D. or phone her at (312) 413.0323.
Kate R. Donegan, Ed.D. Heather K. Horton, M.A
Karen McKinnon, M.A.
Christopher Mitchell, D.S.W. Armando Smith, A.C.S.W.