Training Series

Harm Reduction

Discussing a harm reduction approach will be the focus of this series. Many programs today say they use a harm reduction approach. But what does “harm reduction” actually mean in most social service settings? Is it only about substance use, or can the principles be applied to other behaviors? What is the difference between a harm reduction philosophy and harm reduction programs? All of these questions will be answered and discussed in this series. Examples of harm reduction in various settings and with various populations will be discussed.

Harm Reduction 101

September 27, 2018
According to the Harm Reduction Coalition (2018), “Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use. Harm Reduction is also a movement for social justice built on a belief in, and respect for, the rights of people who use dr...

Harm Reduction 102

October 11, 2018
Harm reduction is a set of strategies designed to lessen the negative social and/or physical consequences associated with high risk behaviors.  A harm reduction philosophy embraces a range of approaches, from abstinence to safe use. The philosophy is most known for program models that address risky...

Harm Reduction 103: Q&A

November 20, 2018
In this follow-up to Harm Reduction 101 and 102, this Q&A session will focus exclusively on answering YOUR questions about how to apply harm reduction principles in your work. Join the webinar with your curiosity and ask questions about what to say and do to meet clients where they are at, stay pers...
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