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April 3, 2019 , 09:00 am - 05:00 pm

The umbrella term “harm reduction” comprises a set of evidence-based, patient-centered approaches that may be tailored to suit the treatment preferences of the 90% of Americans who have substance use disorders but are not ready, willing or able to stop using. Under that umbrella, harm-reduction treatment (HaRT) comprises both individual and group treatment modalities and entails a compassionate, advocacy-oriented provider stance that affords people the respect and autonomy needed to forge their own paths toward minimizing substance-related harm and improving quality of life. It does not require abstinence or use reduction, and instead prioritizes clients’ own harm-reduction goals and safer-use strategies. It focuses on “accepting people where they’re at” and avoids pathologizing or placing moral value on substance use.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Define harm reduction
  2. Differentiate harm reduction from other treatment modalities
  3. Describe the three HaRT components
  4. Describe verbal engagement tools
  5. Describe nonverbal engagement
  6. Connect with blockages to compassion for clients
  7. Conduct substance-related harm assessment
  8. Provide feedback to clients on assessment
  9. Help clients record their assessment progress
  10. Define harm reduction goals
  11. Effectively guide client’s goal-setting
  12. Help clients create list of harm reduction goals
  13. Introduce safer-use strategies to clients
  14. Discuss safer use in conversational way
  15. Clarify the importance of this skill in recovery
  16. Complete their understanding of the mindset, heart-set and components
  17. Understand next steps and variations on HaRT
  18. Learn about consultation meetings for continuing skills building

About the Presenter:

Susan E. Collins, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist, Associate Professor, and co-director of the Harm Reduction Research and Treatment (HaRRT) Center at the University of Washington – Harborview Medical Center. She has been involved in substance use research, assessment and treatment for over two decades and has disseminated this work in over sixty book chapters, abstracts and peer-reviewed articles. In the HaRRT Center, she works with a multidisciplinary research and clinical team, community-based agencies, traditional Native healers, and substance-using community members to co-develop and evaluate interventions that aim to reduce substance-related harm and improve quality of life for affected individuals and their communities. She also serves as a provider and member of the Evidence-based Practice Committee in the Harborview Mental Health and Addiction Services. In 2013, Dr. Collins received the G. Alan Marlatt Memorial Research Award for her contributions to alcohol research. In 2015, she was invited to speak on her work at the White House and was honored with the New Investigator Award for her Harm Reduction Treatment development in the University of Washington Science-in-Medicine Lecture Series. Although not originally from Seattle, she calls it home after 10 years in this beautiful city on the Salish Sea. In her spare time, she likes to help out in the community, read, knit, ski, hike, meditate, dance and play in the garden with her family.

Continuing Education Credits

8 Continuing Education Credits from NASW WA: Licensed Social Workers, Marriage/Family Counselors, and Mental Health Counselors.

8 OSPI Clock Hours for Educators.

The Details:
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As the class begins promptly, please arrive ten minutes early. Those who arrive late may be asked to leave without a refund or credit.

Those who stay to the end of class will receive a certificate of completion. Certificates will not be issued to those leaving early.

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Cancellations must be emailed and received no later than seven days prior to the event. No refund or credit will be made after that date without prior approval. If we cancel the training, registrants will be offered the next class or a full refund.

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