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Approaches for Working with HIV-Positive African-American Youth: Clinical and Ethical Considerations for Health Care Providers

by Ja'net Seward, PsyD 4 CE Credits

According to national statistics, approximately 54% of new HIV-positive infections in the U.S. occur among African Americans, and half of all new infections in the U.S. occur in people 25 years of age or younger. Because of these astounding numbers, it is imperative that healthcare professionals are aware and prepared to work with this special at-risk population. However, working with HIV-positive African-American youth oftentimes introduces healthcare providers to unique clinical and ethical challenges. Regardless of the health professional's discipline (i.e., counselor, social worker, psychologist, nurse), there are specific ethical and clinical guidelines that need to be considered when working with these youth. This course reviews the evidenced-based research pertaining to the provision of healthcare to HIV-positive African-American youth. Specifically, common errors that occur when working with this special population are addressed and tools to avoid them are discussed. Treatment guidelines are provided to enable clinicians to better integrate culturally-sensitive approaches into the care of this important at-risk group.


This online course is approved for APA CE credit, NBCC CE clock hours, ASWB CE clock hours (HIV-related), and NYSED CE credit.


Course Sections/Outline:

  • Introduction
  • Working with African-American Patients in a Healthcare Setting
  • Working with HIV-positive Patients in a Healthcare Setting
  • Special Issues When Working with HIV-Positive African-American Youth in a Healthcare Setting
  • Treatment Protocols for HIV-Positive African-American Youth: The Essential Components
  • Optimizing Treatment Success: Facilitators and Barriers
  • Avenues for Future Research
  • Summary
  • Web-based Resources
  • References

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, health professionals will be able to:
  • Discuss five reasons health care providers often find it difficult to work with African American youth.
  • Summarize three critical “pitfalls” health professionals often make when treating African American youth.
  • Identify three treatment interventions for working with HIV-positive African American youth.
  • Recognize and apply the three components of multicultural interventions.