Positive Interventions for Families with HIV/AIDS (PIFA)

HIV-infected and affected children and youth are often at risk for placement disruptions as well as emotional distress due to isolation, losses and an uncertain future.  These children and youth often require experiences that can decrease feelings of isolation as well as increase coping skills.  Positive Interventions for Families with HIV/AIDS is a home and community based service providing mental health services and medical case management to children, youth and families affected by HIV/AIDS.  Home and community based mental health interventions ensure children and youth receive the treatment they need.

Using a team approach PIFA offers an alternative to traditional mental health and medical case management by providing those services in clients' homes and communities.

Psychotherapeutic and support services include:

  • Family therapy 
  • Individual psychotherapy
  • Child psychiatric consultation
  • Group Therapy
  • Grief counseling
  • Parent Guidance
  • Permanency planning
  • Medical Case Management and Patient Navigation
  • Client advocacy
  • Support with disclosure
  • Specialized adolescent services for HIV positive youth
  • Collaboration with community AIDS agencies, local hospitals and community health centers, schools and other mental health agencies.

Funding is provided by Ryan White Part A and Ryan White Part D.

People Listing

Sandra Gossart-Walker, MSW

Assistant Clinical Professor (Social Work) in the Child Study Center