WILLOW intervention is designed to provide women with information, skills, and strategies that will enhance the quality of their lives generally and encourage the adoption of safer sex behaviors to prevent sexually transmitted disease (STD) transmission and HIV reinfection, specifically.
WILLOW is delivered in four separate 4-hour long sessions to groups of 8-10 women. We are recruiting a new Spring class of Willow Women, now!
To successfully complete the intervention you must attend all four sessions the scheduled time to receive your WILLOW Certificate of Completion. WILLOW is delivered in four sessions each session is four hours long. The intervention emphasizes gender pride, informs women how to identify and maintain supportive social networks, teaches coping strategies to reduce life stressors, enhances awareness of STD transmission and HIV reinfection risk behaviors, teaches communication skills for negotiating safer sex, reinforces proper and consistent condom use, distinguishes between healthy and unhealthy relationships, and defines types of abusive relationships and their effect on a woman’s ability to negotiate safer sex practices. This intervention is designed to provide women with information, skills, and strategies that will enhance the quality of their lives generally and encourage the adoption of safer sex behaviors to prevent sexually transmitted disease (STD) transmission on HIV reinfection specifically.
Our attendance policy requires the group members to attend all four sessions. We understand that some appointments may not be rescheduled in this case we ask for medical excuse for the absent day. We ask members to be on time, if unavoidable please arrive no later than 20 minutes of the session, and come back after scheduled breaks are taken on time. No new member can join once the sessions has started, but may join the next group.
WILLOW requests and will inforce Confidentiality that this is to be a safe place for all members to come and share, as we are Women Involved in Life Learning from Other Women. We need a comfortable atmosphere of learning. Also remember WILLOW is not a “support group” for women living with HIV/AIDS; nor is it a “counseling session” where also we understand that some emotions may need outside assistance WILLIOW is an education and informational intervention.
For additional information or if you know of someone who would like to attend one of the WILLOW, please contact: