CA: Los Angeles, Three Day Training Intensive: Harm Reduction Practices
The Center For Healthy Communities, California Endowment

The Harm Reduction Training Institute presents


Los Angeles, California, January 28-30, 2013

The Harm Reduction 3 Day Intensive consists of 21 hours of instruction and is designed as a basicprimer to the history, philosophy, practices, and applications of harm reduction for service providers,researchers, administrators, and health care workers.

Overview of Harm Reduction

Monday, January 28; 9am to 5pm

Trainer: Micah Frazier

This course provides a survey of the history, philosophy, and strategies of the harm reduction model asit has evolved in the United States. Participants will have the opportunity to examine drug-related harm,and gain a basic understanding of how harm reduction principles, practice and policy work togetherto address that harm. This course is a foundation for all people from all disciplines interested in harmreduction.

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

• Define harm reduction;

• Review US drug policy and its effect on individual and community harm;

• Apply Norman Zinberg's "Drug, Set, and Setting" model;

• Consider ways to address stigma at individual and agency levels;

• List some of the principles of harm reduction that have emerged from practice.


Commonly Used Drugs & Practical Strategies for Reducing Drug-Related Harm

Tuesday, January 29; 9am to 5pm

Trainer: Eliza Wheeler

The goal of this training is to increase knowledge and comfort level around drugs, drug use and theability to initiate risk reduction conversations with drug users about HIV, HCV, other infections andoverdose. This training will provide an overview and understanding of the drugs most commonlyassociated with overdose, HIV and HCV transmission and other infections, including cocaine/crack,heroin, prescription opioids and methamphetamines. We will examine the benefits and risks associatedwith the different methods of using drugs and the equipment involved. We will explore the range ofmedical complications from drug use, from abscess and overdose to chronic diseases. The aim is toprovide practical and potentially life saving information about overdose prevention, safer injectiontechniques, recognition of serious health issues, and how to support drug users to successfully engage inmedical care.

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

• Understand the basics of the drugs most commonly associated with overdose, infection anddisease transmission, including stimulants like methamphetamine, crack and powder cocaine,heroin and prescription opioids;

• Understand the process of injecting, harms associated with injection drug use and how they canbe reduced, including how to teach safer injection techniques;

• Understand other methods of drug-taking, including snorting, smoking, plugging (bootybumping); the benefits and harms associated with them, and harm reduction practices;

• Discuss the practice of overdose prevention, identification, and risk reduction;

• Demonstrate the steps needed to respond appropriately in an overdose.

Motivational Interviewing

Wednesday, January 30; 9am to 5pm

Trainer: Laura Guzman

The goal of this session is to enhance providers’ skills in their role of assisting clients to move towardshealthier behaviors. Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a collaborative approach to working with drugusers and others that helps to facilitate behavior change. Participants will learn how to help clientsdevelop a schema about the positive and negative effects of drug use and identify attainable goalsincluding readiness for treatment and/or controlled use strategies. In this workshop, several theoriesof motivation, including the “Stages of Change” theory, will be presented. We will then focus on thefacilitative skills involved in building motivation to change, maintaining behavior change, as well aspreventing relapse and overdose. This workshop will utilize case examples, role-plays, and peer feedbackas methods to incorporate new skills learned.

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

• Identify ways that Motivational Interviewing may assist in service provision to clients;

• Discuss application of behavior-change theories & models in the context of work with patients/clients;

• Discuss factors that impact people’s ability to change;

• Discuss some of the key influencing factors that affect the client’s sex and drug risk-takingbehaviors;

• Explain and apply the Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change (“Stages of Change”);

•Practice recognizing clients’ “stage of change” and using the motivational interview to helpempower and motivate.

COST: $240 for the three days. Please note that in order to keep training cost low, meals will be on yourown, and we encourage you to bring food or funds to visit one of the several restaurants within a blockof the venue.

TRAINING LOCATION: The Center for Healthy Communities, California Endowment, 1000 N. AlamedaStreet, Los Angeles, CA 90012

CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS: This course offers 21 hours of continuing education units (CEUs)for California State Certified Addiction Treatment Specialists through the CA Association of Alcohol andDrug Educators, to RNs through the CA Board of Registered Nursing, and LCSW's and MFT's through theCA Board of Behavioral Sciences.

REGISTRATION: Online registration is available with credit card payment at pay by check, mail complete information with payment made to Harm Reduction Coalition, 1440Broadway, Suite 510, Oakland, CA 94612



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Completed registration forms can be faxed to 510-444-6977, but space is not confirmed until payment isreceived. For more information, call 510-444-6969, ext 10 or email

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1000 North Alameda Street
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