Archive for September, 2016

The Undetectable Problem: Dating, Sex and Criminalization (Part 2)

the second part of my rant about the sociocultural pressures of HIV viral load (un)detectability just went live, wherein I reflect on the complications and pressures felt by clients and friends, and the implications for clinical practice, community building, and dating.

‘Anxiety, fear, shame and othering perpetuate HIV stigma. Viral load stigma is now what exclusionary dating clauses of ‘no positives’ used to be. ‘Are you …

The Undetectable Problem: Trauma and Adherence (Part 1)

Folks who went to Coping With Hope 2015 got a chance to hear Keiko present…


Let me be clear: I support my clients and my friends who can achieve viral load undetectability, and I cheer for them when they stay that way. But I also worry that when we cheer so loudly for such a narrow goal, we forget to relentlessly name the complexity and intersectionality of context.

Not everyone can get to undetectable. And not everyone who does stays there. My fear concerns who gets left out of the conversation about the possibilities and meanings of survival when undetectable signifies success.

Another vital piece went up today — this time on our site for the HIV workforce, — thanks to Keiko Lane!

‘Not everyone can get to undetectable. And not everyone who does stays there. My fear concerns who gets left out of the conversation about the …

09/29/16: Gaps, Barriers & Solutions for Reducing Mental Health Disparities for Latinos

download brochure [pdf]

09/24/16: 2nd Annual LGBTQ Health Conference

LA Care Health Plan is hosting their Second Annual LGBTQ Health Conference on Saturday, September 24 at the Almansor Court in Alhambra, Lakeview room.  Please see attached flyer for more information and for the registration link.


If you have any questions,  email

Heads Up! FREE E-Learning CEUs from LA REGION PAETC for CA RNs, LCSWs, MFTs








We have officially launched the redesign of our E-Learning Portal! That’s right…new design, new courses and a new streamlined experience just for you! Enjoy HIV-related courses covering substance abuse, aging, brief screening, treatment and more.

We will give you a “Heads Up!” when each new course is added.

Click on the image below to go to our site and start your learning experience today!





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09/14/16 HIV Mental Health Task Force meeting reminder & agenda – Meth and HIV: What Clinicians Need to Know – review training

The regular monthly HIV Mental Health Task Force (HIV MHTF) meeting is on Wednesday, 09/14/16 from 9:30am to 11:30am. This month we meet in room 209.

The agenda is attached.  You do not need to register to attend unless you need CEUs. 

Meth and HIV: What Clinicians Need to Know – review training [pdf]

  • Location:  The Village [1125 N. McCadden Pl Los Angeles, CA 90038]
  • Parking:free parking in lots across the street
  • Public transportation:4, 156, 704, DASH Hwd


We have added a 2nd date for “Medical Necessity: DSM-5 & ASAM Criteria”

09/08/16: “Integrated HIV Care & Treatment: A Medical Update and Case Example for Mental Health Professionals” (webinar)

The SAMHSA’s HIV/AIDS and Mental Health Training Resource Center and the American Psychological Association’s Office on AIDS invite you to participate
Upcoming Webinar:  “Integrated HIV Care & Treatment: A Medical Update and Case Example for Mental Health Professionals”
When: Thursday 8 September 2016, 01:00 PM – 02:30 PM
Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada) (Please note that Daylight Saving Time (+01:00 hr) is in effect during this time)
Although effective treatments have made HIV infection a manageable chronic disease, many people living with HIV also present co-occurring mental disorders, and addictions. Medication adherence and other health behavior challenges can complicate treatment, highlighting the need for a skilled workforce (psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, substance abuse counselors, and other front line providers) that can work collaboratively with health care and public-health professionals to respond to the psychosocial challenges that accompany having or being at risk for HIV.
This webinar will highlight the latest in approaches to HIV prevention, care and treatment and provide a case example of how providers of medical and behavioral health can work together to improve outcomes for people living with HIV.
Learning Objectives:
At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to
  1. Understand the latest medical approaches to HIV testing, and treatment and their impact on mental health and well-being.
  2. Explain the link between biomedical aspects of HIV with mental health, well-being and chronic disease management.
  3. Identify the role mental health care provider’s play in linking people living with HIV/AIDS into care, and supporting adherence to medical regimens.
  4. Describe a case example of integrated care where medical and behavioral health care teams work together to improve outcomes for people living with HIV.
The webinar is free of charge.
This webinar has been reviewed and approved by the APA Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP). APA CEP Office maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The CE fee is $25.00 for this webinar.
  • Eugene Farber, PhD, ABPP, is Professor and Director of Psychology Internship Training, Emory University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
  • Vincent C. Marconi, M.D., is Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and Professor of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University.
This webinar is provided as a collaborative effort between the American Psychological Association’s Office on AIDS and the HIV/AIDS and Mental Health Training Resource Center. The HIV/AIDS and Mental Health Training Resource Center aims to expand the knowledge and capacity of mental health care providers to address the mental health and psychosocial needs of consumers impacted and affected by HIV. This is done as a partnership between the Education Development Center, American Psychological Association, American Psychiatric Association, and National Association of Social Workers.
The Center is funded under a task order from the Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services. Reference #283-12-2401. This webinar is offered for training and technical assistance purposes only. The content, views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.

09/19-09/21 National Association of Case Management (NACM) Conference (CEUs!)

Los Angeles County HIV Drug & Alcohol Task Force

Just a reminder about the upcoming National Association of Case Management (NACM) Conference in Los Angeles from September 19-21, 2016 at the Omni Hotel.

Early Registration has been extended to September 10th.

There will be LOTS of CEU’s at this one Conference, including nurses (11.5 CEU’s).   Take a peek at the workshops available.

Please distribute this info far and wide.   Please POST.

Thanks so much.

Ervin R. Munro, M.S.
Chair, NACM Conference Planning Committee
(213) 247-5399

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