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Trainings/Registration Information

Pre-registration is required.  Contact Jody Leary at 624-6692 or for more information.  Download HIV Prevention Training Schedule: Trainings. For a complete listing of dates and locations of all Department of Education training's, go to:



Feb 27, Mar 13, and Mar 27, 2013   Best Practices in HIV Prevention Education Webinar Series

May 13-14, 2013    Be Proud! Be Responsible! Curriculum Training -Italian Heritage Center, Portland, ME

May 22, 2013  Partners in Prevention Curriculum Training - Burton Cross Office Building, Augusta, ME

Nov, 2013  Student Leadership in HIV Prevention Education Workshop session (part of Maine Youth Action Network Conference, click here for more info) - Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, ME

TBD  Creating Safety for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered Youth  Auburn, ME

TBD   HIV Biomedical Update on HIV/AIDS, STDs & Hepatitis Webinar

TBD   High Risk Adolescent AIDS Prevention (HRAP) Training -

No trainings offered at this time for the following:



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Be Proud! Be Responsible! Curriculum Training

FMI, go to New Beginnings' website


Audience: Professionals working with at-risk youth in time-limited settings—alternative schools, shelters, drop-in centers and similar programs.

This is a 2-day workshop open to staff of alternative schools and youth-serving agencies, presenting a curriculum that has been featured by the Centers for Disease Control as one of its “Programs that Work.” This program is a good first step in developing the HIV prevention skills needed by youth who may be sexually active.  Be Proud! Be Responsible! is a six-lesson curriculum that:


  • belief in the value of safer sex, including abstinence       
  • confidence in negotiating safer sex
  • intention to practice safer sex
  • pride in choosing responsible sexual behaviors, and;


  • sexual risk behaviors

The curriculum includes a series of fun and interactive experiences including videos, trigger films, and role plays.  Participants experience the curriculum as if they were students and practice the exercises and receive feedback on their facilitation skills.  At the completion of the training, participants will be ready to present Be Proud! Be Responsible! to youth in their own agencies and schools.

This 6-hour program is well-suited to alternative schools, shelters, drop-in centers and similar programs where using a longer, more intensive curriculum is not feasible.  Be Proud! Be Responsible! has been used by more than three dozen schools and agencies in Maine.

It is strongly recommended that schools and agencies send staff who has attended a basic HIV training, such as the HRAP workshop, but is not required.  Along with adult staff, we also encourage youth to attend in order to be trained as group facilitators for their peers. Mini-grants are available to agencies that implement this curriculum.


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Best Practices in HIV Prevention Education




Audience: 10-12th grade high school health educators, health coordinators, curriculum coordinators, and nurses.

Best Practices in HIV Prevention is a researched, evidenced-based 13-lesson curriculum training.  With this training, teachers are prepared to implement Best Practices in the classroom by familiarizing them with the curriculum’s goals and objectives, modeling key lessons, teaching an effective format for facilitating student role plays, and providing practice for teaching role play lessons with feedback from peers.

The goals of the Best Practices curriculum training are to maintain and improve students’ sexual health and to provide students with the skills to reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV and unintended pregnancy. Implementation grants are available to middle and high schools. 


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Creating Safety for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, Questioning (GLBTQ) Youth


FMI, go to New Beginnings' website at:

Audience: Middle/high school health educators; Staff of shelters, residential programs, and drop-in centers that serve runaway/homeless youth.

This 1-day training offers an introduction for staff who have had limited previous training, or who wish to update their skills.  GLBT youth are a significant percentage of the runaway/homeless youth population, and they face additional challenges in accessing services. School staff and youth-serving agencies that are welcoming, supportive, and safe can play a unique role in the lives of these young people.

Training objectives:  Participants in this interactive workshop will gain knowledge and skills in:

    • Creating a safe and welcoming environment for GLBT youth
    • Understanding terminology
    • The coming out process
    • Dealing with homophobia

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High Risk Adolescent AIDS Prevention (HRAP) Training

FMI, go to New Beginnings' website at:

Audience: Middle/high school staff; staff of shelters and group homes, outreach/social workers, substance abuse counselors, mental health personnel, others who work with youth.

This intensive 2-day workshop was developed to address the specific needs of youth who are in high risk situations.  If you work with any youth who are sexually active, they are potentially at risk for HIV – along with other STD’s and pregnancy.  The HRAP training is aimed at helping staff who work with youth in high risk situations acquire skills and knowledge necessary to effectively address a variety of issues with their students/clients. This training is free.

HRAP goes far beyond “the facts.”  It is very interactive and emphasizes practicing skills through role plays.  Information and skills which are taught during this training include:

  • methods for helping youth assess their risk for HIV and AIDS
  • a basic understanding of HIV transmission, antibody testing, and AIDS disease
  • risk reduction techniques and strategies
  • harm reduction techniques for working with youth who are using alcohol or other drugs
  • skills for helping youth make better choices about their sexual health
  • an understanding of the process of change and skills for motivating youth towards change
  • increased skills for addressing the special needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth

This training utilizes the model of youth development, emphasizing the strengths and resiliency that all youth possess. The comprehensive introduction provides a solid foundation for either of the two curriculum trainings offered by New Beginnings.


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HIV Biomedical Update on HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), and Hepatitis Webinar




Audience: 6-12th grade school health educators, school nurses and other interested school personnel.

This annual HIV biomedical update is presented by an expert in the field and offered to school personnel who want the latest information in HIV prevention.  An opportunity for Q&A is included.  The session is broadcast in a convenient web-based format, offering participants the ease of viewing the session right from their own computers with audio through the telephone.  After the event, a link to the recorded session including informational resources, tools and materials will be made available on our program homepage under Resources/Interests.

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New Beginnings HIV Prevention Project Curriculum Training

Audience: Staff who have the interest and ability to use this curriculum in their agency; young people are strongly encouraged to attend.

New Beginnings developed a 12-hour HIV prevention program in 1993 which was specifically targeted at Maine youth who were runaways, homeless, or in other high risk situations.  This program was recognized by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as a “Reputationally Effective Program,” meaning that it has shown effectiveness in reducing HIV risk behaviors.  The program has been continually evaluated and revised based on feedback from youth.

This 3-day training is ideal for participants would have completed an HRAP training or an equivalent introductory HIV prevention workshop.  The curriculum is designed to use co-facilitators, so a minimum of two staff should attend.  We encourage multi-program agencies to send staff from different programs.  Staff members who complete the training will be ready to use this curriculum in their own agency.  They will:

  • increase their group facilitation skills
  • learn an effective, step-by-step model for helping youth to reduce their risks
  • learn ways to integrate that model into other related areas such as pregnancy and STD prevention, sexual assault, and substance use.
  • gain new insights and skills for working in youth/adult partnerships.

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Partners in Prevention:  Sexuality Education for Students with Special Needs Curriculum Training




Audience: Middle and high school health educators (i.e., health teachers, special needs teachers, school nurses, school counselors, etc.) and agency staff who work with students with special needs.

This training is designed to provide strategies for your school or agency to improve sexuality education for students with cognitive delays.  Often these students are mainstreamed into health classes and there is a need for collaboration between the health educator and the special needs educator.  The day will explore strengthening collaboration and communication, provide strategies for modifying classroom activities, provide a parent presentation and modeling of special needs curriculum activities.  Each school or agency will receive the Family Life and Sexual Health (F.L.A.S.H.) curriculum, which is a sexuality and HIV prevention curriculum developed for special needs students. Implementation grants are available.


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Real Talk:  Beginning Conversations About HIV Prevention and Making Decisions to be Sexually Healthy Curriculum Training


Audience: 6th/7th grade health educators, health coordinators, curriculum coordinators and guidance counselors.

Real Talk is a collection of lessons designed for 6th & 7th grades to supplement the curricula Reducing the Risk/Making Safer Choices (RTR) for 8th & 9th grades and Best Practices in HIV Prevention Education for 10-12th grades.  Health educators trained in the RTR & Best Practices curricula have long requested education for the earlier grades and this is the set of lessons developed by the Maine Department of Education.  This is a one-day workshop covering how to open the dialogue around the issues of self-awareness, relationship decision-making, sexual development and sexuality.  Basic HIV information is introduced, as well as a decision-making model and communication skills that set the foundation for the specific refusal skills needed to delay the onset of sexual behaviors covered in the later grades. Some of the topics covered are rumors, jealousy, attraction and appreciating yourself.

The Real Talk curriculum training was first offered in 2006 as a response to health educators’ requests for training for the earlier grades.  The training has been well received by participants. Implementation grants are available to middle and high schools.


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Reducing the Risk/Making Safer Choices Curriculum Training




Audience: Middle & High School health educators, health coordinators, nurses and guidance counselors.

We have combined the best of Reducing the Risk (RTR) and Safer Choices to offer an effective two-day Reducing the Risk/Making Safer Choices curriculum.  Both these curricula are researched, evidenced-based HIV/STI/pregnancy prevention curricula that have been proven effective with adolescents.  Refusal skills, delaying skills and skills to deal with social pressures in sexual situations are taught throughout this revised 12-lesson curriculum.  Responsible sexual behavior is the goal.  This curriculum is recommended for upper middle school level and is taught at both eighth and ninth grades in Maine.  These skills can be used in other health risk behavior areas.  Implementation grants are available.


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Skill Builder Booster Session




Audience:  Individuals who attended past HIV prevention curricula trainings including Best Practices, Partners in Prevention and Reducing the Risk/Making Safer Choices.

Objectives:  This one day session provides an opportunity to:

  • reconnect participants for the purpose of networking;
  • share and discuss successes and challenges; and
  • develop further comfort with sexuality education.

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Student Leadership in HIV Prevention



Audience: 9-12th grade high school students, health educators, health coordinators and school nurses.

Each year, World AIDS Day is recognized on December 1.  The HIV Prevention Education Program sponsors a Student Leadership in HIV Prevention conference prior to this date, alternating locations between the Portland and Bangor areas.  High School students and teachers are invited for a day of networking with peers, interactive activities and exciting workshops.  Schools receive informational team packets containing the latest information on HIV prevention.  Often a favorite to participants is hearing from an individual who is living with the HIV disease and how it has changed his/her life.  At the end of each conference, students are challenged to develop an action plan in their schools to bring the HIV prevention message back to their peers.  HIV peer prevention mini-grants are made available to schools to help in their efforts to prevent HIV.

Student Leadership in HIV Prevention trainings have been made available to high school students and teachers since 1988.  From the start, the program has trusted youth in their ability to reach their peers, and they continue to inspire us.  Several youth from different types of schools and youth agencies have won state and national recognition for their work in and commitment to HIV Prevention.  They are the feedback loop to the teacher and agency staff trainings we provide.  By taking risks and allowing them to advocate for themselves, the Maine Department of Education’s HIV Prevention Education Program has evolved into a responsive effort to reduce adolescent HIV/STD rates.

Updated: 5-1-13