Training and prevention workshops in emotional and sexual health
Description of Program
What is the intervention/program/project?
The program offers workshops in emotional and sexual health. The workshops consist of two 1.5 hour sessions. The content focuses on emotional health and aims to inform people at risk of the modes of transmission and how to avoid transmission. The workshops are customized according to the clients and the space. Nonetheless, the basics are similar because the risks are the same for all.
Trainings are offered to social service providers, key stakeholders and professionals according to their specific needs. Trainings are facilitated using an interactive voting system with electronic hand-held devises connected to a Powerpoint presentation. The system generates questionnaires during the meetings, facilitates the pre and post-evaluations, ensures that everyone is listening and aids in the task of data collection.
The program also includes an informal component. The program staff travel to locations where vulnerable women and men who have sex with men frequently go (eg. Parks, cafes, truck stops or to peoples’ private homes) to offer information on emotional and sexual health. The organization is based in Trois-Rivières, but the program is delivered across the Mauricie area. Staff travel to specific locations throughout the region upon request. When no case or request is made from a specific area, the program attempts to visit in order to establish a presence.
The program operates online, on Facebook and on the organization’s website. Staff is also available by phone.
What is the goal/objective of the intervention/program/project?
- Ensure that people are able to understand the risk factors for HIV and other STIs.
- Provide education for people on HIV and related risk factors.
- Equip people so that they can practice healthy behaviours.
- Develop specialized training sessions for service provision professionals.
Why was the intervention/program/project originally developed?
This organization was initially founded to address misconceptions surrounding HIV. The same misconceptions continue to exist today. HIV has evolved to such an extent that an update is necessary, as is a need to address other STIs. All is constantly changing, and there is more and more disinformation.
How was the intervention/program/project originally developed?
The program was developed based on literature, documentation and published materials. Over time, the program evolved to take literature from the field of training into account. Evaluations of sessions allowed the programs to adapt according to the needs of clients. The program is adjusted as necessary when literature and materials change, and after trainings are held. The program is also informed by the work of a regional sexologist and risk management literature.
- Cultural groups/communities of colour
- Incarcerated and/or remanded individuals
- Indigenous peoples
- People who use drugs
- Service providers
- Sexual minorities
Mauricie region, Quebec.
Project ResourcesResources and tools are available upon request and free (aside from postage fees).
Resources for Program
- Food and lodging costs for staff travel.
- 3.5 permanent positions.
- Vehicles for regional travel
- Technology (projectors, laptops, speakers, electronic handheld devices for trainings)
- Business cards
- Condom packages with information/resources/testing sites
DurationOngoing (Funding in two year cycles)
The organization evaluates the program each year and performs a standard provincial evaluation every two years.
- Pre and post-tests are distributed at every training/meeting to evaluate the information retained by each participant.
- Data collection on demographics (age, sex, etc.) is undertaken for each training and online interaction.
Process monitoring or evaluation
- An informal evaluation of each session is performed.
- Program evaluations are done annually and a PACS evaluation is done every 2 years.
Evaluation TermsOutcome evaluation, Output tracking, Process monitoring or evaluation
- Talking about emotional heath in the program opens doors with clients. As HIV is not always an easy discussion topic, sometimes we have to get there in another way. Speaking about general sexual health risk factors leads more people to understand HIV and other STIs.
- Pre and post-test data collection is very important. It allows the organization to have concrete data from clients, which helps evaluate training sessions.
- Reaching clients in rural areas that are very far from the organization’s base. Distances are long, and reaching out to clients is a challenge.
- Continuity is a challenge. The organization offers workshops over the course of two separate weeks, but training should be an ongoing process. The objective is to train peer mentors to bring continuity to the training.
- People are not always open to talking about HIV. It’s important to look for openings and go to as many places as possible to lead people to see the importance of discussing HIV.
- Reaching men who have sex with men and other sexual minorities is a challenge. There is no gay bar in the region, and often clients are not looking to meet with program staff.
- A lack of time and resources is an additional challenge. The time to organize meetings, the training process and travel in the region demand time and financial resources.