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Archive: August 2013

Blog, PAL®

Calling all presenters!

PAL® is gearing up for its middle school conference, scheduled for November 2, 2013 at Dittmar Recreation Center here in Austin. The team is looking for workshop presenters for both teacher and student audiences.

Some suggested topics include:
Adult or Student Track:
    •    Community Service Projects
    •    New ideas for cross-age mentoring
    •    Team-building activities
    •    Peer helping ideas for home campus
    •    New training activities (tied to curricular areas)
    •    Ice Breakers/ Energizers
    •    Peer helper’s role in crisis management
    •    Communication with diverse populations (different cultures, age differences, special needs, business situations, etc.)
    •    Topics of concern (eating disorders, suicide prevention, conflict resolution, dealing with grief, dealing with fear, codependence, issues surrounding alcohol/drugs/tobacco, media literacy, diversity, bullying, violence prevention, HIV, etc.)

Student ONLY Track:
    •    Setting the example/ modeling behavior
    •    Setting and achieving goals
    •    Facilitation skills
    •    Bullying
    •    Stress management
    •    Building personal skills
    •    Male Issues
    •    Female Issues

Adult ONLY Track:
    •    Collaborating and partnering with school and community
    •    Evaluating your program
    •    Gaining support from administration
    •    Building your program to meet national standards
    •    Grading strategies
    •    Fundraising & PR
    •    Stress Management
    •    Working with Different Generations or Populations

Click here for a presenter application and more information. Thanks for your interest!


Blog, THIVC - Texas HIV Connection

2nd Annual HIV Outreach & HEI Case Management Conference


Last week, the Texas HIV Connection hosted the 2nd Annual 2013 HIV Outreach & HEI Case Management Conference at the Omni Southpark in Austin, Texas. For almost two decades, the Texas HIV Connection, in cooperation with the Texas Department of State Health Services Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division, coordinated the Street Outreach Workers Conference specially tailored towards educating and reinvigorating Texas’s street outreach workers — the first line of defense in HIV prevention.

Last year, the SOWC combined with the HIV Early Intervention Case Management Conference for the first time and gave birth to the HIV Outreach & HEI Case Management Conference. HEI case managers are responsible for linking recently diagnosed individuals with HIV/AIDS to services like medical care, substance abuse or mental health treatment, and basic needs that improve their adherence to medication and quality of life.

This year’s event was the second installment, and it was bigger and better than ever. Attendees were given the opportunity to participate in workshops and lectures focused on HIV testing, intimate partner violence, human trafficking, methamphetamine, building support groups, social marketing and outreach, and many other topics. Just as importantly, the conference offered many opportunities for conference attendees to unwind and network with staffers from other HIV outreach, HEI case management, and other HIV prevention-focused agencies from around the state. Our goal every year is to make sure the state’s street outreach workers and case managers feel honored, updated, and rejuvenated.

Photos from the event will be up soon. Also, if you’re interested in learning more about the presentations given at the 2nd Annual HIV Outreach & HEI Case Management Conference, visit the conference page on our brand new HIV Connection website. We have archived all speaker presentations and handouts for easy download and viewing.

If you have any questions about the conference, participating in the conference, or what we should have in store next year, please contact Dago Garcia at