People living with HIV/AIDS
Is the HOPE HIV/AIDS course for you?
The HOPE HIV/AIDS course is an interactive, group-based, health behaviour, self-management coaching programme, which runs for 8 weeks, with each weekly session lasting 2.5 hours for groups of between 8 and 12 participants. The course has been developed by Coventry University and George Washington University in the United States.
Self-management is beneficial in many different ways. If you are the kind of person who benefits from the support of others HOPE is ideal for you. The HOPE course provides a supportive, friendly group setting which will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to cope with many of the frustrations, fears and sense of isolation that living with HIV/AIDS can bring. The course deals with:
- Goal setting and action planning
- Looking for solutions to problems
- Employment seeking skills
- Stress management
- Fatigue management
- Identifying your strengths
- Becoming more positive, grateful and appreciating life more
- Healthy lifestyles (e.g. eating more healthily and physical activity)
- Communication skills
- Depression management
- Challenging negative and distorted thinking & encouraging positive cognitions and self-talk
- Medication adherence
- Sex, intimacy and disclosure
- Enlisting social and community support
- Relapse prevention strategies
All of these techniques have been shown through research to have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of people living with and affected by cancer.
How does HOPE help?
Our research has shown that after attending the HOPE HIV/AIDS course participants feel:
- More confident and motivated
- Better self-esteem
- More satisfied with life
- More confident to seek employment opportunities
- More able to adhere to medication regimes
- Less depressed and anxious
- Less distress about their health
- Less fatigue
- Less pain
What do people living in the United States with HIV/AIDS say about the HOPE course?
Benefits to organisations and commissioners
When participants attend this programme, they take a more active role in managing their health which can result in fewer consultations with healthcare professionals and more effective use of healthcare resources.
Are you interested in a bespoke HOPE course for the people you support? Contact us