Local Experts

To help facilitate the ten week classroom training component of the program, we have engaged the support of local experts.  We are fortunate that these highly skilled professionals are willing to come in and present our Peer Guides with the most up-to-date knowledge about HIV.  Here is a list of our previous facilitators and some of the subjects they have covered.

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Dr. Edith Biggers

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HIV Specialist at the Fulton County Health Department, detailed the history of HIV/AIDS treatment, particularly with a focus on information most crucial to communicate with people who are newly diagnosed and/or out of care.

Solomon Stretch

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Mental Health Clinician & Behavioral Analyst at Positive Impact, covered substance abuse and HIV. In this module, we discussed issues that may arise when you work with HIV-positive clients who are currently experiencing addiction.

Rev. Kyndra Frazier

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Therapist at The Imara Center, covered stigma. In this module, she helped the participants understand the multiple and overlapping ways that so many people experience stigma and discussed creative tools for addressing their particular needs.

Tori Cooper

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Transgender Health Coordinator at Someone Cares, Atlanta, facilitated education around multiple gender expressions and identities, with a particular focus on HIV-positive transgender women’s experiences.

Mary Anne Adams

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Director of the Community Engagement Core at Georgia State University’s School of Public Health, facilitated discussion about professional ethics, setting useful boundaries, and establishing ground rules with clients.

Rev. Duncan Teague

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Long-time HIV researcher and activist, discussed stigma and HIV in relationship to African American men who have sex with men. He also discussed the history of HIV, noting significant milestones from the past to the present.

Gwen Davies

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Clinical Director at Positive Impact, gave us an overview of mental health issues encountered in HIV-positive communities, and gave special attention to suicide and dual diagnosis (mental illness and drug abuse), as they intersect in the lives of HIV-positive people.

Kasarah Phillips

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Masters of Public Health Graduate Student at GSU, conducted trainings on the Stages of Change Theory. She also trained Peer Guides on Motivational Interviewing techniques, which are important when working with clients who need encouragement to set attainable goals.

Kelvin Parker

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Field Coordinator at the Center of Excellence for Health Disparities Research at GSU, discussed the effects of incarceration and helped us understand the range of issues that HIV-positive re-entrants face.