Naomi Weinstein

Harm Reduction 103: Q&A

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 person-centered, show you prioritize safety over abstinence, and more! 

Harm Reduction 102

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 substance use (such as syringe exchange, Naloxone distribution, and opioid treatment programs), but can also be applied to other high-risk behaviors. 

Harm Reduction 101

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 drugs.”

Getting to the Heart of Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing is one of the most frequently mentioned techniques in the behavioral health world, but it is deceptively complicated. It is straightforward in concept, but can be challenging to practice correctly. Developing the skills for Motivational interviewing takes practice, supervision, and understanding that building motivation with a client comes in many forms. 

Outcomes: What to Measure

Gathering data to target outcomes is a difficult and daunting task. It’s important to establish sound data management practice before outcomes can be tracked successfully. Providers can be unsure of how to identify important data elements and how to collect, interpret and share data. 

This webinar provided a general overview of outcomes including information about the current healthcare environment and how to identify the value providers bring to the table. We discussed how to measure what matters and how to prove it to stakeholders.
 

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