Course activities for people living with HIV

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Page last reviewed 21.2.2024

Discussions during these courses are open and confidential –the participants of the courses are in the same life situation

Hivpoint organises free courses for people living with HIV. The aim of the courses is to support the participants’ well-being and help to find resources and to receive professional support and peer support from others in the same situation. The courses are intended for both those who have recently been informed of their infection and those who have lived with HIV for a longer time. The courses are held in Southern Finland and last 2-3 days.

Who are the courses designed for?

Hivpoint provides courses for people living with HIV and their families. Family and couples courses are open for family members as well. Courses have babysitters and program for kids.

Course content

We aim to support life management and the ability to function, to find resources and to get peer support from other people living with HIV. Courses serve both people who have recently learned about their infection as well as people who have been living with HIV 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 2–3 days. Dates, detailed course programmes and application form are found below.

Costs

The courses are free of charge for our clients. Hivpoint offers group transport free of charge from Helsinki. Participants only have to pay their own travel expenses to and from Helsinki city center.

Once you have confirmed your participation and been approved for the course, the enrollment is binding. If you cancel your participation without a valid reason, you will be charged for all possible costs that result from the cancelling.

Feedback from previous courses

Participants of previous courses report having found new strength in their everyday life and increased trust in the future. Discussing with professionals and peers and sharing experiences help in seeing and 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 formed during the courses.

” During the course I got peer support and it made me realize that I’m not alone with my situation. I was able to share my thoughts for the first time in my life. Listening to the experiences from various people gave me tips to organize my everyday life.”

Course participant

Who are the instructors at the courses?

The instructors of the courses are Hivpoint’s experts, trained social and health care professionals who have years of HIV work experience. The courses may also include visiting specialists, such as doctors or art therapists.

”I got so much new information about HIV-treatment and a lot of help and advice from the workers. I felt safe and they were kind and caring.”

Course participant

Courses in 2024

Multicultural family course, April 26-28

The course is intended for all families with an immigrant background, including an HIV-positive family member. The course offers families the opportunity for peer support, professional support, recreation and relaxation. The working methods of the course are variously guided group discussions and functional methods. The course offers a pleasant time together. You can participate in the course alone or with your family.

The topics covered in the course are related to the everyday life of a family with children. Children have their own program for the duration of the adult program.

The course offers discussions in Finnish, English and Russian.

Applying for the course is done via the application form. If you need help filling out the application form, please contact Batulo Essak.

Application period 26.2.-14.4. Apply now!

Multicultural family course, August 24-26

The course is intended for all families with an immigrant background that include an HIV-positive family member. The course offers families the opportunity for peer support, professional support, refreshment and relaxation. The working methods of the course are variously guided group discussions and functional methods. The course offers a nice time together.

The topics covered in the course are related to the everyday life of a family with children. A separate program has been organized for children during the adults’ program.

The application period will be announced later.

Applying for the course is done via the application form. If you need help filling out the application form, please contact Batulo Essak.

You can contact Batulo Essak, batulo.essak(at)hivpoint.fi, tel +358 40 778 9861

Well-being course, 27-29 September

The aim of the course is to offer HIV-positive people ways to maintain their own health and well-being both psychologically and physically. The course offers the opportunity for both peer support and professional support. The work forms of the course are lectures, group discussions and physical activities. All HIV-positive people can apply for the course. You can find the course program here.

The application period will be announced later.

Applying for the course is done via the application form. If you need help filling out the application form, contact Teppo Heikkinen, firstname.lastname(at)hivpoint.fi