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August 28, 2013
Creating Safe Spaces in Institutions, Organizations, and Communities for People Living With HIV/AIDS to Come Out About Their Status

Presenter: John Sovec, MA. LMFT
John Sovec is a psychotherapist in private practice in Pasadena CA who has extensive experience in working with the LGBT community. He is a nationally recognized expert on LGBT teens and the coming out process as well as a leading clinical consultant on the psychological needs of those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. In addition, John is a regular contributor to Good Therapy writing topical articles on issues effecting the LGBTQQIA community. John is currently an adjunct faculty member at Phillips Graduate Institute and clinical consultant for The Life Group LA.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn strategies for increasing the involvement of communities, organizations, and institutions in creating safe spaces for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) to share their status
  • Recognize the importance of decreasing stigma related to HIV/AIDS in Black communities, and the effect it could have on increasing prevention and treatment
  • Learn methods of assessing one's readiness to safely disclose their HIV status
  • Identify how social, educational, and cultural issues can create environments that make it unsafe for Black PLWHA to disclose their status
  • Strategize best practices for creating safe environments for HIV disclosure through educational, social, and cultural interventions
  • Increase capacity to implement and evaluate educational and/or advocacy events related to making safe spaces for PWLHA to come out about their status

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