Harm Reduction

Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use. Harm reduction utilizes a wide range of techniques (e.g. safer use, managed use, or abstinence) to meet drug users “where they’re at.” The goal of harm reduction is to address use and the conditions of use.

Praxis provides Harm Reduction training to all Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse Services funded substance use disorder treatment programs. This 3-hour training includes instruction, discussions, demonstrations, and interactive activities. Read the agenda.

At the end of the training, participants will be able to:

  • List at least 5 principles of harm reduction.
  • List at least 10 harm reduction strategies.
  • Describe how to integrate harm reduction into:
    • Intakes
    • Assessments
    • Education groups
    • Counseling sessions
  •  Analyze how harm reduction strategies are related to readiness for change.
  • Evaluate how well the agency/organization currently integrates harm reduction principles and practices.
Training Request Form

Meet Our Trainers

GagneCheryl Gagne, Sc.D., Praxis Director of Training
Dones1Marc Dones, B.A., Trainer
LivniAyala Livny, M.Ed., Trainer
Lonnie McAdooLonnie McAdoo, B.F.A., Trainer
SherwinVicki Sherwin, B.A., Trainer
TRAINING CERTIFICATES: Participants who have attended all three or four hours of the training, completed the course evaluation form, and signed the sign-in sheet will be awarded a Certificate of Completion for 3 or 4 continuing education credits through NAADAC, NBCC, MNA, and ASWB. Certificates will be emailed directly to participants roughly two weeks after the completion of the Praxis training.

The Center for Social Innovation, Provider #1457, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. The Center for Social Innovation maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 10/17/2016 to 10/17/2017. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 3 or 4 continuing education clock hours.

ACCOMMODATIONS: If you need accommodations for disability, please contact Courtney Crouse at praxis@center4si.com.

GRIEVANCES: If you would like to report a complaint, please email Katie Volk, Praxis Project Director, at kvolk@center4si.com or Cheryl Gagne, Praxis Training Director, at cgagne@center4si.com.

Harm Reduction Resources

Praxis Resources

Harm Reduction Fact Sheet (.pdf)

View

Responding to the Needs of Our Clients and Our Communities: Harm Reduction (PowerPoint Presentation)

View

Harm Reduction Scenarios (Case Study/Activity)

View

Challenging Questions (Activity)

View

Talking about Sexual History and STIs: A Provider’s Guide (Fact Sheet)

View

Trauma-Informed Care (Fact Sheet)

View

Educational Resources

The Harm Reduction Coalition: Publications

View

Getting Off Right: A Safety Manuel for Injection Drug Users

View

Harm reduction: An Approach to Reducing Risky Behaviours in Adolescents

View

Principles of Harm Reduction

View

Videos/Tools

Harm Reduction Works YouTube Channel

View