As the NY/NJ AETC Regional Resource Center for Mental   Health, The Columbia University HIV Mental Heath Training Project (CUMH) provides in-services and other educational opportunities about the latest developments in mental health aspects of the AIDS epidemic to prescribers working in  agencies that provide HIV services in the community. This includes service providers in both public and private practice settings who routinely work with persons with HIV/AIDS facing mental health issues throughout New York and New Jersey. CUMH is able to provide these trainings free of charge, through funding from HRSA. Faculty are experienced educators, practitioners, administrators, and researchers in HIV and mental health. Trainings are designed to address your needs.  We come to you, when and where it is convenient.

For more information about existing programs or if you would like to request a training at your site, for your staff or for yourself, please contact Veronica Pinho at (646) 774-5123 or fill out this form.

Download the mental health training program brochure.

Trainings Offered by The Columbia Mental Health Training Program



Preceptorship in HIV Psychiatry

Clinical Training Preceptorships Observation of Clinical Care

Ask a Psychiatrist

A faculty psychiatrist will discuss your clients’ treatment.

Mental Health Aspects of HIV and HCV Co-Infection

Rates of co-occuring HIV and HCV with mental health disorders; adverse reactions to testing and receiving results for HIV/HCV infection for people with mental health disorders; neurocognitive effects; best practices for linking clients with HIV/HCV diagnosis to medical and behavioral health care and care coordination services.

The Triply-Diagnosed Client


Sexual and drug use behaviors among people with comorbid substance use disorders, mental illness, and HIV infection; assessment; pharmacological management; prevention and treatment.

Neuropsychiatric Aspects of HIV Infection

Differential diagnosis of the neuropsychiatric manifestations of HIV/AIDS; medical and psychiatric treatments; and drug interactions. Adult, adolescent, and child expertise.

Mental Health Issues for HIV/AIDS Clients


Common psychiatric diagnoses associated with HIV and AIDS; differential diagnosis; behavioral and medication management.

HIV Prevention Strategies

Specific risk-reduction strategies for primary and secondary prevention; comfort talking about sex and drug use with clients.

HIV and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

PTSD before or after HIV infection; common signs and symptoms; management and referral.

Recognizing Personality Disorders and How They Can Affect HIV-Caregiving

Common personality disorders among HIV- affected clients; therapeutic alliance; behavior management.

Legal/ Policy Aspects of Caring for People in the AIDS Epidemic

State laws and related regulations regarding HIV/AIDS and their impact on clients and caregivers. Also, CDC guidelines for routine testing.

Motivational Interviewing with HIV Clients

Strategies for addressing substance use, adherence, and other care issues related to health behavior motivation.

HIV and Children/ Adolescents

Mental health issues; neuropsychiatric manifestations and management; prevention.

Working with Special Populations

Tailored to providers working with Latinos/Latinas, men who have sex with men, people with severe mental illness or who are homeless or incarcerated; families of people living with HIV/AIDS.

Special Topics

Faculty expertise in cultural proficiency, suicide prevention, crystal methamphetamine, managing difficult behaviors, and many other topics designed to enhance HIV/ mental health care.

CUMH Warmline: 646-774-5101

The Columbia HIV Mental Health Training project offers warmline consultation services for medical and mental health care providers with HIV clients who want to acces assistance from a psychiatrist who specializes in the relationship between HIV and mental health. All calls will be returned within two business days.