What is CSTEP?
People living with HIV/AIDS deserve to receive accurate and up-to-date treatment and benefits information from informed, competent, respectful, and compassionate service providers and peers.

The California Statewide Training & Education Program (CSTEP) supports this by providing a multi-tiered, high-impact training program throughout California for providers of HIV/AIDS.

Is CSTEP free?
Yes. All trainings and materials will be provided to you by CSTEP, at no cost.

Is CSTEP for me?
CSTEP is ideal for HIV providers who want to increase their HIV skills and knowledge. Our target audience includes case managers, treatment advocates and educators, nurses, mental health counselors, peer advocates and other professionals who work with people living with HIV/AIDS.

CSTEP sets the standard. CSTEP training content is comprehensive, relevant, and powerful. Many health departments and AIDS Service Organizations require all of their providers on staff to attend CSTEP trainings.

How will I benefit from CSTEP?
It is the goal of CSTEP that participants are able to learn the fundamentals of HIV treatment, care, and benefits. In addition, participants will receive the latest developments on HIV/AIDS enabling them to provide better service to their clients as well as build and strengthen their networking opportunities.

Proof of Completion: Participants who successfully complete an in-person CSTEP course will receive a Letter of Completion for their records. Certificates of Participation may be given upon request. All information will be sent via email within the body of the email or as an attachment. For questions, please email CSTEP at cstep@apiwellness.org.

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Does CSTEP offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs)?

CSTEP provides Continuing Education Units (CEUs)* in collaboration with the Bay Area & North Coast AIDS Education & Training Center for the following disciplines:

Board of Behavioral Sciences

  • Associate Clinical Social Workers (ASW)
  • Marriage and Family Therapist Interns (IMF)
  • Professional Clinical Counselor Intern (PCCI)
  • Continuing Education Providers (PCE)
  • Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW)
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT)
  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)
  • Licensed Educational Psychologists (LEP)

Board of Registered Nursing

  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
  • Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
  • Nurse Practitioner (NP)
  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)
  • Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

The administration fee is $35 for courses that range between 2-7 units/hours upon completion. The only exception is the online treatment course, “Supporting Clients in a Dynamic Era of HIV Treatment,“ which provides a total of 28 units/hours upon completion at a fee of $150.

Training courses will specifically state whether or not CEUs will be earned. Participants will be asked for further information at the time of the training in order to receive CEUs. For further questions, please contact Program Assistant, Reed Milliard at 415.292.3420 x370 or via email at reed@apiwellness.org.

In which languages does CSTEP offer trainings?
Trainings are currently offered only in English.

Online Treatment Trainings:

HIV and Your Immune System
This 1 to 2 hour online, self-paced course covers the basic biology of HIV infection and treatment. You will learn how a healthy Immune System functions, how HIV replicates and causes immune suppression, and how antiretroviral therapy works in our bodies. This course is designed for busy clinical and non-clinical providers working in the field of HIV prevention and treatment. Participants will move through the course at their own pace, and have opportunities to engage with facilitators and peers through chats and discussion forums.

Click here to read more about this training.

Supporting Clients in a Dynamic Era of HIV Treatment
This 4-week online course is designed for clinical and non-clinical providers in the HIV field who have existing knowledge and experience in HIV prevention and treatment. Using the Gardner Treatment Cascade as a framework, we will provide an in-depth look at how the HIV treatment paradigm has shifted over the past three decades, and how participants can best support their clients in achieving successful health outcomes. Special emphasis will be placed on linkage to care and strategies to increase treatment adherence. We will also present information on newer research and interventions currently being used.

Each week will consist of modules related to a major theme along the Treatment Cascade. Learning material is presented in various ways, including lectures, readings, and live sessions with experts from the field. Participants will also be able to interact with facilitators and peers through discussion forums, chats, and social media. Similar to the self-paced course, participants will be able to move at their own pace (excluding live sessions and activities that will occur at scheduled times), but will be expected to complete the training within a specific time frame.

Click here to read more about this training.

Benefits In-Person Trainings:

Disability Income in California - The Basics of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and State Disability Insurance (SDI)

Click here to read more about this training.

Lay of the Land - An Overview of Existing Health Care Programs that Affect People Living with HIV/AIDS

Click here to read more about this training.

Health Care Reform and HIV: New and Upcoming Health Care Programs of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Click here to read more about this training.

Who operates CSTEP?
CSTEP is a program of the Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center.

Contact CSTEP for more information.

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Sapna Mysoor
National CBA Program Manager
415-292-3420 x352

Myrnelle C. Dizon
Training Coordinator
415-292-3420 x329

Reed Milliard
Program Assistant, Community Development
415-292-3420 x370

If you have any questions, please contact us at cstep@apiwellness.org

Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center
730 Polk Street, 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94109
ph: 415-292-3400 | fax: 415-292-3404

CSTEP is supported by the Office of AIDS of the California Department of Public Health.

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