Hopeful Compassion: Short Couse in Spiritual Care and Counselling for People Living with HIV and Aids

Pretoria July 22-24

Day 1 – 8:30 registration for 09:00 start; finish 16:00
Day 2 –  09:00 – 16:00
Day 3 –  09:00 – 13:00

Venue:  HospiVision Offices in Pretoria 


  • Attendance R700
  • Attendance and University of Pretoria certificate (R1300 i.e. R700 for course + R600 for additional assignments / and issuing of UP certificate)


For more information and registration form contact June Kriel:  012 329-9492 / 012 329-4420 / friend@hospivision.org.za

15 CPD points for SAAP/CPSC members and Dutch Reformed Church Pastors

To train carers (professional and lay) to provide compassionate emotional and spiritual care and counselling for people living with HIV/AIDS and their families. In this experientially based course counsellors, pastors and caregivers will increase their own understanding of this person and his/her situation. A model for integrating emotional and spiritual needs is presented. The goal is to guide the person living with HIV/AIDS towards meaningful, fulfilled and “positive” living.


Towards understanding people living with HIV & AIDS
• The emotional, relational and spiritual impact of HIV & AIDS.
• A conversation with ‘Mr AIDS’.
• The nature and impact of loss resulting from HIV & AIDS.
• The emotions, fears and needs of the person living with a life-threatening illness.
• The grieving process.

Guidelines and skills for emotional care
• Basic principles of caring and sharing.
• Establishing trust.
• The goal of emotional care.
• Aspects of communication.
• Asking questions.
• Problem-solving.

Spiritual care for persons living with HIV & AIDS and their families
• A biblical understanding of human behaviour.
• Addressing spiritual needs (compassion, connection, reconciliation, dignity and acceptance).
• Finding comfort in grieving and loss.
• Living positively