This workshop is for practitioners who are new to the philosophy and practice of harm reduction. Using this framework, we will discuss substance use, violence, and trauma in the context of 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. Using a public health and social justice lens, this training will talk about the impact of the War on Drugs and the AIDS Epidemic in our community. 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. This training is ideal for case managers, youth workers, HIV prevention and testing specialists and addiction/treatment providers. Community members and activists are also welcome to attend.
Understanding harm reduction is essential for practicing community accountability. We strongly recommend anyone interested in practicing community accountability have a strong foundation in Harm Reduction.
Trainer: Shira Hassan