Curriculum

Below you will find details about our most popular courses and trainings we hold.

Our two flagship courses, HIV 101 and LGBTQ+ 101, represent the base and core of what we do. These two courses, along with our other 100-level courses, are perfect for individuals and agencies looking to start with the basics. From there, feel free to pursue training in one of our 200-level courses. These courses will skip the basics and dive into new topic areas and complicated intersections.

Please note: This page only offers descriptions of our courses. To sign up for an upcoming public course or pursue private training, return to the main training page.

Flagship Course: HIV 101

Rainbow Health MN has been fighting HIV for over four decades. This curriculum is tried and true!

This training is designed for individuals seeking to learn the basics of HIV and how it impacts individuals today. Because there are still thousands of cases of HIV in Minnesota today, and HIV has the potential to impact and intersect with a person’s chemical, mental, and physical health, it is important to understand HIV in the 21st century. This training will help professionals in all contexts understand the basics of HIV, updated treatment guidelines, and their role in creating safe, non-judgmental spaces for people living with HIV. 

This training is for:  

  • Social workers 
  • Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselors 
  • Medical providers (doctors, nurses, medical assistants) 
  • Public health professionals
  • Anyone else looking to learn this information 

Objectives of this course include: 

  • Develop an understanding of HIV, including the difference between HIV and AIDS 
  • Explore the epidemiology of HIV in Minnesota and Nationally  
  • Understand current HIV treatment and risk reduction strategies 
  • Learn about prevention strategies including Prevention as Treatment, U=U, PrEP, and PEP 
  • Gain comfort with the language used to discuss HIV and HIV stigma 
  • Learn and develop skills in assisting people through HIV disclosure 
  • Review resources for HIV services 

This training is approved for CEUs by the Minnesota Board of Social Work. You must attend the entire training to receive the CE hours. 

Flagship Course: LGBTQ+ 101

Rainbow Health has always prioritized and focused on serving the LGBTQ+ population. Today, we center individuals who face barriers to equitable healthcare access and outcomes because of their identity as gender or sexual minorities.

This training is designed for individuals seeking to learn more about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer identities. Gender and sexual orientation are critical to who we are as people and impact a person’s day-to-day life, including one’s mental and physical health. Because of this, it is important for professionals to understand LGBTQ+ identities and work to eliminate barriers LGBTQ+ people face to getting affirming care. This training will help professionals in all contexts feel prepared to serve, help, care for, and work alongside LGBTQ+ individuals. It will also provide guidance for future learning and skill development in order to stay up to date on information regarding LGBTQ+ identities. 

This training is for: 

  • Social workers 
  • Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselors 
  • Medical providers (doctors, nurses, medical assistants) 
  • Public health professionals 
  • Anyone else looking to learn about LGBTQ basics 

Objectives for this course include: 

  • Develop an understanding of the differences between sex, sexuality, and gender, and the language used to discuss each
  • Develop an understanding and skill in using different gender pronouns
  • Learn skills to reduce barriers members of the LGBTQ community face
  • Explore ways you can be more inclusive of LGBTQ people

This training is approved for CEUs by the Minnesota Board of Social Work. You must attend the entire training to receive the CE hours.