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Essential Interviewing Skills for Disease Intervention

The goal of this training is to provide health department staff conducting disease intervention activities with a solid foundation to effectively facilitate investigative interviews with clients. The training will cover universal interview components, strengths-based approaches and harm reduction, examining bias, motivational interviewing, demographic and data collection.

Training Length

Held over 2 consecutive weeks, this training consists of:

  1. Live webinars: 6 sessions (2-3 hours each)
  2. Self-study material: 5-6 hours

Upcoming Training & Registration Dates

Registration closes 7 business days prior to the first live training at 5 PM.

  • April 10 to April 20 |Registration is open
  • May 9 to May 19 |Registration is open

Live Meeting Dates (6 meetings over 2 weeks)

April Cohort

  • Monday, April 10
  • Wednesday, April 12
  • Friday, April 14
  • Monday, April 17
  • Tuesday, April 18
  • Thursday, April 20

May Cohort

  • Tuesday, May 9
  • Thursday, May 11
  • Friday, May 12
  • Tuesday, May 16
  • Thursday, May 18
  • Friday, May 19

All live meetings will be held from 10 AM to 1 PM Pacific Time except for Friday, March 10. The training team will notify you of the schedule for March 10 during the first live meeting.

You must complete approximately 2-3 hours of self-study each week before attending the live training meetings.  

Training Team Contact

Register on VTA+ Learn

Note: Please use Google Chrome to access the VTA+ Learn registration page and website.

Training Course Information

Audience/Who Should Register:  Local Health Jurisdiction (LHJ) and state employees who will be facilitating disease intervention interviews with members of the public.

Length of Training: This training has 6 sessions over 2 weeks. It includes approximately 5-6 hours of online self-study and 18 hours in live webinars. Every week, you must complete approximately 2 hours of self-study on VTA+ Learn before going to the weekly live training.

Learning Objectives:

  • Complete a disease intervention conversation using all the universal disease interview components.
  • Explain the reason for each of the universal disease intervention components to your clients in lay terms.
  • Examine how your biases can negatively impact the health care provided to racially, ethnically, and linguistically diverse patients.
  • Use motivational interviewing to uncover essential information during disease intervention conversations.
  • Use a strengths-based approach to help your clients adopt prevention, testing, treatment, and other services.
  • Reduce the impact of stigma during disease intervention interviews.

Cancellation and Refund Policies: Please notify program team 48 hours before training date if you would like to cancel or reschedule. Classes are free of charge and no refund will be provided.

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