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Safer Sex Intervention (SSI)

Implementation Requirements and Guidance

Program Structure and Timeline

The initial session lasts between 30 and 50 minutes, including viewing a 7-minute video. The initial session is followed by three 10- to 30-minute individual booster sessions at a health clinic. The three booster sessions are held at one, three, and six months after the initial session. Booster sessions typically coincide with the participant's clinical treatment schedule. All sessions are individual.

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Staffing

Sessions are conducted by a female health educator who is trained in motivational interviewing techniques.

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Program Materials and Resources

The following program materials are available through the distributor:

  • Safer Sex Intervention User's Guide
  • Safer Sex Intervention Curriculum Manual
  • Private Lives, HIV and STI Education DVD
  • Photocopy Masters: Handouts and Booster Session
  • Proud Pete Flipbook
  • Condom Keychains
  • Each of the following six brochures:  STD Facts,
    Birth Control Choices, Condoms: How to Use Them, 101 Ways of Saying No, 101 Ways of Making Love without Doin' It, and Safer Sex: Talking with Your Partner.
  • Fidelity toolkit
  • Set of Original Evaluation Instruments
  • Prevention Minimum Evaluation Data Set (PMEDS)
  • Local Evaluator Consultant Network Directory

While a free sample curriculum is not available, providers may purchase an automatic digital download of the user’s guide to review program components, core competencies for facilitators, and scientific evidence of effectiveness. If providers decide to purchase the program, the price of the download is deducted.

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Additional Needs for Implementation

The program requires a video/DVD player, male and female anatomical models, condoms, personal lubricants, and a private space for sessions.

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Fidelity

SSI has a fidelity toolkit/checklist, and tools for monitoring program implementation. These may be accessed on the Sociometrics website: https://www.socio.com/products/pasha-safer-sex-intervention

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Training and Staff Support

Staff Training:

Training is not required, but is highly recommended. Training lasts two to three days and is provided through consultation with the developer. Providers interested in formalized training should contact Dr. Shrier (Email: Lydia.shrier@childrens.harvard.edu)  .

Technical Assistance and Ongoing Support:

Sociometrics provides telephone technical support on implementation and evaluation for one year with purchase of the program materials.

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Allowable Adaptations

The developer has noted several allowable adaptations:

  1. Updating or customizing statistics and facts about youth sexual behavior, pregnancy risk, STIs, and the effectiveness of condoms and other contraception in order to keep the program up-to-date and accurate.
  2. Using different information in materials or brochures that is more up-to-date or relevant for a particular community's population, as long as the new material covers the same information and delivers the same messages.
  3. Adding or replacing incentives/giveaways, such as pens, condoms, bracelets, or Post-it pads, particularly with the clinic's contact information or with messages such as "use protection" or "it's never too late to abstain."
  4. Providing additional resources, such as referrals to other clinics or educational activities or a list of places to get condoms, as long as they are consistent with the intervention's messages and/or promote other clinic sessions.

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