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 Addiction 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:

  • Describe the basic principles of harm reduction.
  • Apply the basic principles of harm reduction and a range of harm reduction strategies.
  • Employ harm reduction in, intakes, assessments, education groups and counseling sessions.
  • Analyze how harm reduction strategies are related to readiness for change.
  • Evaluate how well your agency/organization currently integrates harm reduction principles and practices.

Contact us to learn more and request training.

Meet Our Trainers

GagneCheryl Gagne, Sc.D., Praxis Director of Training
LivniAyala Livny, M.Ed., Trainer
Lonnie McAdooLonnie McAdoo, B.F.A., Trainer
SherwinVicki Steen, 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: 10/17/2017 to 10/17/2020. 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 praxis@center4si.com.

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

Harm Reduction Resources

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