How it Works
Once purchased, you will receive links to view the recorded workshop in 4 parts, each part is approximately 1.5 hours. You will also receive a resource manual to assist you as you view the workshop as well as handouts used during the training, if applicable. There is a post-test at the end of the workshop. Once you have completed and passed the test, you will receive your certificate. Your recordings and resources can be found in your account under ‘My Library’, in On-demand Workshops and are accessible for 60 days from the time of purchase.
Harm reduction is an approach to help people explore their relationship with substances and behaviors. It works to reduce and mitigate damage and pain, and offers strategies to increase and promote safety, choice, and control. Harm reduction moves away from traditional understandings of “addiction” as a disease, and responses that are based on assumed morality and abstinence, or fear and punishment. This workshop explores the principles of harm reduction, how it works, and to whom it may apply. Participants will learn practical strategies for working with individuals, families, and communities within a harm reduction framework. This training will also explore how these concepts can be used in policy, procedure, and practice.
ABOUT THE TRAINER
John has been working as a therapist and trainer for almost 20 years. He is a Registered Social Worker who holds a Master of Social Work degree. John is a co-author of our Counseling Insights book. Much of John’s career has centred on working with children, youth, adults and… Read More
At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:
- Differentiate between traditional approaches to “addictions” and a harm reduction approach
- List qualities and values needed to practice within a harm reduction model
- Describe a relational framework for working with a person’s use of substances and behaviors
- Apply a variety of practical strategies to reduce harm
About this Workshop
Some of the Topics Reviewed
- What is Harm Reduction?
- Guiding Principles of Harm Reduction
- The Impact of Our Beliefs and Assumptions
- The Importance of a Trauma-Informed Lens
- An Integrated Approach to Health
- A Relational Approach to Harm Reduction
- Exploring What Needs Are Being Met
- Working with People Where They are At
- Measuring Motivation, Readiness, and Confidence
- Strategies to Reduce Harm
- Planning for Change
- Rethinking Success
- Working with Family and Friends
This is an intermediate level workshop intended for social service and health care professionals, counselors, social workers, school personnel, and anyone seeking a better understanding of the harm reduction framework.
Method of Delivery
Presentation, video, case study exercises, personal reflection, and small group discussions.