Adaptation Training Courses
Who are the Courses Designed for?
The Hivpoint provides adaptation training courses for HIV positive people. Family courses and couples courses are open for family members as well.
We organise courses for gay and bisexual men, women, immigrants and families every year. In addition, we offer camps and meetings for HIV positive children and youth. Every other year, we also organize courses for heterosexual men, gay couples and people who have lived with HIV for a long time, among others.
The aim of the courses is to support life management and the ability to function, to find resources and to get peer support from other HIV positive people. Courses serve both people who have recently learned about their illness as well as people who have been HIV positive for a longer time. The courses involve professionally guided work, lectures and leisure time. The courses are organised primarily in the Helsinki metropolitan area and last for 2–4 days. Dates, detailed course programmes and application form are found below.
The courses are free of charge for our clients. As of July 2014, we have updated our policy on travel costs. The Hivpoint offers a group transport free of charge from Helsinki. The course participant must stand for other travel expenses.
Once the participant has confirmed their participation after they have been approved for the course, the enrollment is binding. If the course participant cancels their participation without a valid reason, they will be charged for all possible costs that result from the cancelling.
Feedback from Previous Courses
The participants of previous courses have reported to have found new strength in their everyday life and increased trust in the future.
“Last year, I participated in an adaptation training course for the first time. I felt nervous enrolling to the course. I pondered for a long time whether I need adaptation training at all. I’m glad I enrolled. My nervousness was curbed already before the course when one of the employees called me. The atmosphere of the course was accepting and encouraging, and I got a lot of support from other HIV positive people as well as the employees of the HIV Center.”
Discussing with professionals and peers and sharing experiences help in seeing an processing one’s own life situation in a new way. Meeting peers in a safe and confidential environment has been a particularly valuable experience for many, and many new friendships have been formed during the courses.
Multicultural women´s course 5.-7.5.2017
The aim of the course is to provide HIV positive people means to sustain their own health and wellbeing, both physically and mentally. Working methods include exercise and group discussions and lectures. Time to apply for the course is 27.2.-9.4.2017.
Multicultural family course 30.6.-2.7.2017
The aim of multicultural family courses is to offer HIV positive immigrants and their families the opportunity to professional support as well as peer support. The working method used is group discussions. The courses also involve spending good time together and they are meant to be empowering. The nannies organised by the Hivpoint take care of the children’s activities and programme. Time to apply for the course is 24.4.-4.6.2017