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Conference Call--Youth Violence Prevention

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JOIN US FOR A STRATEGY PLANNING CONFERENCE CALL on Monday October 3rd to preserve a public health approach to youth violence prevention.

Public health’s approach to youth violence prevention is under threat, putting the safety of our young people and communities entirely back in the hands of justice. WE NEED TO TAKE ACTION. Together, we have generated more than 1,000 letters to the Senate, but we need our voices to get louder, we need more voices, and we need to take precise action en masse to ensure that prevention is preserved.


When: Monday, October 3, 2011 11:00-12:00PST / 2:00-3:00EST

Call-in Number: 1 (888) 447-7153

Passcode: 6290615#


Chapter Webinar

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September is Chapter Appreciation Month. SOPHE is sponsoring a webinar titled Enhancing the Member Experience on Tuesday, September 27 at 2:00 PM EST. Please join us. Thanks

Topic: Enhancing the Member Experience
Date and Time:
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 2:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Event number: 674 836 475
Event password: Summer2011
Registration Link:

Teleconference information
Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada): 1-866-699-3239
Call-in toll number (US/Canada): 1-408-792-6300
Global call-in numbers:
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Access code: 674 836 475


Living Downstream- September 26th

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HRC-Fall Intensive Training Week

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Oakland, California - The Harm Reduction Fall Intensive consists of 35 hours of instruction and is designed as a solid primer to the history, philosophy, practices, and applications of harm reduction for service providers, researchers, administrators, and health care workers. Learning activities are interactive and include presentations, discussions, games, exercises, and readings.

This week-long series is designed to be a progressive series of knowledge and skills building, from which participants will come away with a strong foundation in harm reduction theory and practice. By taking a comprehensive training in a short period of time, participants will benefit from an integrated training curriculum, learn with a cohort of others, and minimize travel costs.

To register for entire week & pay with credit card, click HERE.

You can also register online for individual courses by clicking on the linked titles.

Monday, October 3 - 9 am to 12:30 pm
Overview of Harm Reduction: Harm Reduction aims to identify the multiple harms related to engagement in risky behaviors such as sex work and drug use, while ultimately working toward increasing overall health and well-being. This course provides a foundation in the philosophy, principles, and practice of harm reduction as it exists in the context of the United States. Participants will learn tools to more effectively understand the different types and levels of harm, including overdose, HIV and Hep C risks, and develop practical skills and interventions that can be used in their work with substance users and other participants. This course is a foundation course for those in all disciplines interested in harm reduction.

Monday, October 3 - 1:30 pm to 5 pm
Understanding Drug Related Stigma: Tools for Better Practice and Social Change: This half day training will give participants a distinct set of knowledge and skills to help them understand and address drug-related stigma. For individuals who use or have a history of using drugs, the impact of stigma can permeate nearly every aspect of their life – including relationships with family, friends, employers and health care providers. While a great number of expectations are often placed on drug users to change their behaviors, the social context that creates and reinforces drug-related stigma is rarely explored or further - challenged. A greater understanding of ways in which internalized stigma can lead to harmful behaviors is valuable in working more effectively with drug using clients. In addition, through evaluation of one’s own potential role in perpetuating drug-related stigma, providers can develop new strategies for building more authentic and more productive relationships with clients.

Tuesday, October 4, 9:30 am to 5 pm
Street Drugs, Prescription Pills, and Getting High:
This training will provide an overview and understanding of the wide range of substances, both legal and illegal, which people use to get 'high'. We’ll begin with a broad discussion of commonly used and abused drugs like crystal meth, crack, heroin and alcohol (and many, many more), as well as prescription medications. The various effects, including side effects, paradoxical effects, and withdrawal states will be examined. Through activities we will use harm reduction philosophy to separate myth from fact with respect to addiction and dependence, and review techniques for working with active drug users.

Wednesday,October 5, 9:30 to 5 pm
Practical Strategies for Reducing Drug-Related Harm: The goal of this training is to increase knowledge and comfort level initiating risk reduction conversations with drug users about HIV, HCV, other infections and overdose. We will explore the range of medical complications from drug use, from abscess and overdose to chronic diseases, and how to teach safer drug use, vein care, overdose prevention, and wound care. The aim is to provide practical and potentially life saving information about self-care, recognition of serious health issues, and how to support drug users to successfully engage in medical care.

Thursday, October 6, 9:30 am to 5 pm
Mental Health & Substance Use: Working Effectively with Dually Diagnosed People: Dually diagnosed clients often present with complicated biopsychosocial issues stemming from untreated/partially treated mental illness and active substance use. This workshop utilizes Harm Reduction theory in understanding how best to address the often complex needs of the dually diagnosed clients. The workshop will explain mental health jargon, the mental health treatment system, how active substance use can both ameliorate/exacerbate psychiatric symptoms, the significance of psychiatric diagnosis and symptoms, basic brain chemistry, and how external stressors can aggravate both mental health and/or substance use. Further, basic relationship building skills including establishing trust and instilling sense of safety, will be reviewed to increase efficacy of interactions with dually diagnosed clients. The workshop will rely on case examples to illustrate concepts as well as hands on group exercises to practice the presented materials.

Friday, October 7, 9:30 am to 5 pm
Burnout Prevention: Boundary setting, Self-care, & Stress management: In our work as service providers most of our time is spent taking care of client needs. However, finding ways to care for ourselves is crucial to our own sustainability and that of our work/programs. The goal here is to provide training participants with; a short break from clients, tools for stress management, and methods to reduce and prevent burnout. Participants will evaluate their own stress levels, and look at some of the root causes of burnout within our programs. We will also explore a variety of techniques including centering, time management, and relaxation that can be incorporated into our work as a daily practice. Participants will leave having created a personalized burnout prevention plan and effective strategies to implement and maintain their stress reduction practices.



COST: $300 for entire week, or $70 per day. Each day of training can also be taken independently, but if there are space limitations, preference will be given to those signing up for 3 or more days.

ACCOMMODATION: We ask that you arrange your own accommodation. Participants coming from out of town will find three options in easy walking distance of our Oakland location, and for those staying in San Francisco, we are a quick subway ride away.

  • Oakland Marriott City Center

Large, modern chain hotel, 2.5 blocks away

  • The Washington Inn

Boutique hotel, old-fashioned, 4 blocks away, affordable

  • The Clarion Hotel

1.5 blocks away, most affordable

CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS: All courses offer continuing education units (CEUs) for California State Certified Addiction Treatment Specialists through the CA Association of Alcohol and Drug Educators, to RNs through the CA Board of Registered Nursing, and LCSW's and MFT's through the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences. We regret we offer no national CEUs at this time.


REGISTRATION: Online registration for week with credit card: available with credit card payment at

To pay by check, mail complete information with payment made to Harm Reduction Coalition, 1440 Broadway, Suite 510, Oakland, CA 94612



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Please check off the trainings you would like to attend:

___ Full Week Intensive; $300 (if checking this, you need not check any other)

___ Overview of Harm Reduction & Understnading Stigma, 10/3/11; $70

___ Street Drugs,Prescription Pills, and Getting High, 10/4/11; $70

___ Practical Strategies to Reduce Drug Related Harm, 10/5/11; $70

___ Mental health & Substance Use - Working With The Dually Diagnosed, 10/6/11; $70

___ Burnout Prevention & Self-Care, 10/7/11; $70

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

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