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HIV/AIDS Fall Workshop
Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 10:10am
HIV/AIDS Fall Workshop


Oct. 15, 2011, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. lunch on your own

Registration and continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m.

Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital, Building 2 Auditorium

1040 NW 22nd Ave., Portland (

Register online

Summary: The workshop will look at HIV/AIDS within a  bio-psycho-social-spiritual perspective, and will include a brief overview of psycho-social issues of HIV disease progression,  including adherence issues. Participants will also increase their skills in identifying and distinguishing client/consumer’s common psychological reactions to living with HIV/AIDS from those that warrant a mental health diagnosis; discuss dual and multiples diagnoses; and be able to differentiate mental health disorders from neuro-psychiatric complications. Participants will draw upon both knowledge and skills to practice culturally

competent assessment and intervention planning including both the micro and macro levels. National and state resources will also be reviewed.

The workshop is for social workers serving diverse groups of clients/consumers across the range of practice settings and who are experienced HIV/AIDS providers with a basic understanding of mental health disorders and diagnosis.

Co-Presenter: John Arvan is an HIV/AIDS case manager at the Spokane Regional Health District in Spokane, Wash., where he works with

diverse populations of all ages in outreach, education, syringe exchange and HIV testing and counseling to populations with high prevalence of HIV infections. In his work, he co-facilitates HIV prevention and education  groups for people living with HIV disease. Arvan has participated on a statewide panel in the development of a standardized bio/psycho/social assessment tool designed to evaluate the need for case management services, measure progress of those services and  identify gaps in services at local, regional and state levels. He is an active participant in the local Ryan White Care Consortium.

Co-Presenter: Evelyn Tomaszewski, MSW, is Senior Policy Advisor within the Human Rights and International Affairs Division, National Association of Social Workers, working on a range of health and behavioral health issues with a focus on HIV/AIDS and co-occurring chronic illnesses, and is responsible for oversight for the NASW HIV/AIDS Spectrum Project. Tomaszewski staffs the National Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues, and is Special Counsel for Social Policy and Case Work to the American Bar Association HIV Coordinating Committee. She represents NASW on the Forum for Global Violence Prevention of the National Academies of Science.

Prerequisite: “Understanding HIV/AIDS: The Social Worker’s Role,” free 2 CEUs with Certificate--NASW online course available at The Oregon Chapter strongly recommends that all attendees have taken this course.

Special Offer: If you join NASW between now and Oct. 14, 2011 this workshop is free. Please go to to join. You must have a new member identification as proof to enter this training.