Dominator culture has tried to keep us all afraid, to make us choose safety instead of risk, sameness instead of diversity. Moving through that fear, finding out what connects us, reveling in our differences; this is the process that brings us closer, that gives us a world of shared values, of meaningful community.
— Bell Hooks, Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope


Want to bring a training or workshop to your organization? Click here for more! These training & workshops can be brought to your organization & tailored for your group or organizational needs 

Harm Reduction for Beginners: This workshop is for practitioners who are new to the philosophy and practice of harm reduction. This is typically a day long session, however it can be shortened to meet your groups needs. Using this framework, we will discuss substance use, violence, and trauma in the context of young peoples’ lives—and how harm reduction can be used a tool to create change, build long-term relationships, and support healing while working to reduce harm inside social service settings. We will also briefly discuss the challenges with using a harm reduction model inside of non-profit settings that may have requirements about sobriety and abstinence.

Harm Reduction: Deep Dive: This full day training is for practitioners who already know the fundamentals of harm reduction philosophy and who want to learn more about putting the practice in action. This is a day long workshop that gathers people together who have been working in the field for a year or more, who are committed to the values of harm reduction and are interested in diving deeper into the every day dilemmas and rewards of this life saving tool.

Sex Trade and Street Economy: This popular education based workshop will discuss the wide range of the sex trade and street economy and explore the practice of reducing harm for those involved in the sex trade.  We will look closely at how & why the sex trade is different for boys, girls and transgender youth. The training will introduce ideas for physical safety, sexual, emotional, and physical health, and ideas for building community with young people currently trading sex for money. Participants will come away from the workshop with a greater understanding of the complexity of the sex trade and practical, realistic ideas to offer to those in the sex trade.

Transformative Justice and Community Accountability How do we collectively work together to reduce our dependence on state systems and social services? How do we support each other to become accountable when we have caused harm? This workshop will explore the basic principles of Transformative Justice and engage in honest conversation about the challenges we face when using this model. Using popular education and through video and audio stories we will deepen our understanding of this complex and intimate model.

Riding the Wild Pony: Doing Group Work with Street Based Young Adults: Group is one of the most rewarding interventions we can offer people, but as workers, they make us feel overwhelmed and uncomfortable- or like we are riding a bucking horse we cant control. This training will help participants become more comfortable with how to create, facilitate and maintain and group. This interactive session will have time for questions, as well as group exercises that help transfer group skills to attendees.

Self/Harm Reduction: My Story is NOT on Lifetime TV: This workshop will review all the full range of treatment philosophies that address Self Injury- including US based and International practices. We will review concrete harm reduction strategies that any self injurer can use immediately. Participants will also learn the feminist response to Self Injury and alternative approaches to living with Self Harm. We will pay special attention to issues with youth, including suicidality and the difference between drug use or high risk sexual behavior and self harm.  The best methods for offering support to those who practice Self Harm will be presented.

Healing Justice- Caring for Ourselves, healing from the NPIC: This is a three hour workshop that is designed to help people currently working in social justice based non-profits incorporate healing justice values and practices into their daily work. This popular education based workshop gives staff the opportunity to look at their policies, procedures and daily operations and ask "How can we take care of ourselves while we take care of our community." This conversation can become the basis for long term change in organizational practices that address staff burnout, leadership development and the transform the trauma from working in the Non Profit Industrial Complex.

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Shira is one of the best workshop/training facilitators that I’ve had the pleasure to work with. Her extensive substantive knowledge and skill offers participants with an unparalleled learning experience. It’s no wonder that she is in such high demand. I could not recommend her more strongly.
— Mariame Kaba, director of Project NIA, co-founder of the Chicago Freedom School and the Chicago Taskforce on Violence against Young Women and Girls.