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Harm Reduction Training Collaborative

April 24, May 1 & May 8, 2023

Presented by Elizabeth Mackey, LMSW & Chelsea Simms, LCSW

This training focuses on expanding the practice, knowledge, and skill of social workers, case managers, peers, psychologists, and psychiatrists who work in Full Service Partnership (FSP) programs in Los Angeles County. The training builds on the prior FSP Training Collaborative series topics (Recovery-oriented and Trauma informed Care) to provide education on harm reduction principles and practice.

  • Part 1: Defines harm reduction and describing its historical, cultural, and political context in the HIV/AIDS crisis and the evolution of criminalization of drugs in the United States, with a particular emphasis on the War on Drugs’ role in exacerbating systemic racism and stigma.
  • Part 2: Begins with a review of the stages of change model and Motivational Interviewing, as critical for continued engagement and goal-setting with clients around substance use.
  • Part 3: Focuses on harm reduction’s practical application. Topics will include safer substance use strategies and resources, overdose prevention, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), and COVID-19 considerations.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
If you or someone you know is in crisis, call:

National Disaster Distress Helpline:
In distress because of a natural or human-caused disaster?
Call for immediate counseling 24/7 at
1-800-985-5990 Or text TalkWithUs to 66746
(English/Spanish 24/7)

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