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Core Elements & Fact Sheet


CLEAR: Choosing Life: Empowerment! Action! Results! is an evidence-based, health promotion intervention for males and females ages 16 and older with HIV. CLEAR is a client-centered program delivered one-on-one using cognitive behavioral techniques to change behavior. CLEAR enables prevention counselors to individually tailor the intervention to address the unique needs of each client and provides clients with the skills necessary to be able to make healthy choices for their lives.

Intervention/Strategy Goals:

  1. The overall goal of CLEAR is to help clients maintain health, reduce transmission of HIV and other STDs and improve their quality of life.

Intervention/Strategy Core Elements*:

  • Development of emotional awareness through use of a Feeling Thermometer and identification of the link between feelings, thoughts, and actions (F-T-D Framework).
  • Identification of Ideal Self to help motivate and personalize behavior change.
  • Teaching, modeling, and practicing Short- and Long-term Goal Setting.
  • Teaching, modeling, and practicing SMART Problem-solving.
  • Teaching, modeling, and practicing Assertive Behavior and Communication.
*Core elements are the characteristics of an individual intervention presumed to be responsible for the efficacy of the intervention.

Additional Information

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