Harm Reduction: Compassionate Interventions for Recovery: Winter 2024

Harm Reduction: Compassionate Interventions for Recovery: Winter 2024

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About this course

Harm reduction is a philosophy and set of strategies that seeks to minimize the harm associated with high-risk behaviors while using motivational strategies to promote small, incremental behavior change. The harm reduction approach believes all people are capable of change and will do so when they are ready and when circumstances allow. It uses compassion and consistent positive regard to break the cycle of shame and harmful behaviors while increasing engagement in treatment and support services. This course will include a review of the basic principles and practices of harm reduction, sample harm reduction strategies and tools, and resources available to support meeting people where they are on their recovery journey.

Learning objectives:

  • Define harm reduction philosophy and principles
  • Describe why the harm reduction approach works
  • Identify strategies, resources, and techniques to reduce harm associated with high-risk behaviors
  • Explore motivational strategies that support positive behavior change
  • Identify ways to become an ambassador for the harm reduction approach to promote buy-in & expand access to services

Training Facts:

  • Dates: Mondays, February 26 - March 25, 2024
  • Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm ET
  • Location: Online Zoom meeting room 
  • Subject: Harm reduction, stages of change, recovery
  • Practice level: Beginner, Intermediate 
  • CE credit: 
    • ASWB: 7.5 hours
    • NAADAC: 7.5 hours
    • NBCC: 7.5 hours
  • Course type: Live interactive webinar 
    • 90 minute weekly live webcasts
    • Participants will participate in weekly live webinars with the instructors. They will also have access to weekly readings, videos, and other actives on the learning page. They will be quizzed on the knowledge they learn from the live webcasts and learning activities every week to ensure understanding. 
  • Covered topics: Harm Reduction, recovery, behavioral health, stages of change, motivational interviewing
  • Fees: $400 (unless a basic or advanced subscriber)
  • Date created: 2024

Meet the Faculty:

Jill Amos, MHR, has been working in mental health and addiction services for two decades as a treatment provider, peer worker, administrator, and advocate for people in recovery. As a person with lived experience, she has both personal and professional expertise. Her areas of interest and expertise include peer support, wellness planning, grief support, consumer rights, and rural healthcare. Prior to joining C4, Jill spent her career working for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. During her time there, she served as a clinician for people with severe mental illness and as a consumer advocate working with clients and their families to ensure quality care and beneficial resolutions in the state’s treatment system. In 2013, Jill became Manager for the state’s Peer Recovery Support Specialist Program. She developed and facilitated certification training and helped renew infrastructure for the continuing education and renewal process. In addition, she advocated for the growth of peer roles in the treatment system and amplified peer voices. In 2018, she became Director of Oklahoma’s EAP, where she worked to support and coordinate care for state workers and their families during COVID-19. 

Elizabeth Black, LADC, has spent her career working with and on behalf of people with mental health and substance use disorders. She holds a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor.  Elizabeth serves as subject matter expert, trainer, and technical assistance provider for substance use, mental health, and recovery initiatives. Her areas of interest and expertise include harm reduction, medication for opioid use disorder, co-occurring disorders, and health and wellness in recovery. Prior to her current role at C4 innovations, Elizabeth worked for more than a decade at the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. During her time there, she worked in central administration overseeing statewide services including client advocacy, criminal justice, rural behavioral health, and peer work. In addition, she oversaw the implementation of health and wellness interventions into behavioral health services statewide. In that role, her team received a governor’s commendation for their work which resulted in better health outcomes in Oklahoma’s most vulnerable communities.

Daisy M. Hernandez, MSW, LCSW, MBA, has dedicated her clinical social work career to community mental and behavioral health organizations within under-served communities. Her professional experience spans the entire spectrum of substance use disorder (prevention through recovery). Daisy has leveraged her lived experience, education, and bilingualism to support and advance racial justice and empower individuals who are over-represented in behavioral health and social services resulting from negative impacts of social determinants of health, including re-entry needs. Daisy began her career as a peer recovery coach supporting people in their quest towards recovery. She has held roles as recovery coach supervisor and program manager. Daisy has also served as a clinician for medication-assisted treatment in an opioid use disorder treatment program. She provides training and technical assistance for mental health and substance use providers for the Praxis: Training for MA Addiction Professionals initiative on topics including HIV/AIDS care integration, harm reduction, medication-assisted treatment, opioid overdose prevention, and Viral Hepatitis care integration. She has been a recovery coach academy trainer for bilingual cohorts. 

Who Should Take This Course:

Staff at all levels of health and human service agencies, behavioral health organizations, and recovery-centered organizations.

System Technology Requirements: 

Please ensure your viewing device complies with the following recommendations:

  • Must be on a device that allows you to view MP4 files
  • Ensure you have a strong enough internet speed to stream
  • Ensure you don't have firewalls blocking the video (some firewalls block some HTTP addresses)

We will be using Zoom for the viewing of our live sessions. In order to have the best experience for Zoom, please download the application here: https://zoom.us

Refund and Cancellation policy:

Access is automatically provided to this course once purchased. Therefore, no refund will be given. For special circumstances before the live sessions begin, C4 may cancel your registration and move your credit to another module of equal value or refund the course to the original source of payment. 

Training Certificates:

Participants may earn a Certificate of Course Completion* by:

  1. Attending all five, live webcasts (or watching the entire recording of each live session)
  2. Completing all required learning activities
  3. Scoring 80% or higher on each weekly quiz
  4. Completing the course evaluation form and the certificate request form

7.5 hours of continuing education credit will be awarded upon completion of this course through ASWB, NAADAC, and NBCC. Certificates will be emailed directly to participants roughly two weeks after the completion of the final webcast.

Accommodations: 

If you need accommodations for disability, please contact Project Coordinator, Isabel-Kai Fisher at training@c4innovates.com.

Grievances: 

If you would like to report a complaint, please contact Associate Director, Rachel Ehly at rehly@c4innovates.com


In order to fully complete this course and receive a continuing education certificate from one of the following boards, you must pass each of the five weekly quizzes with an 80% or higher (you will have unlimited retests) along with the final evaluation. The required posttest questions will be at the end of each week's section and the required evaluation will be provided at the completion of the course. Upon successful completion of this course, you can request a certificate using the certificate request form posted with the evaluation and on your learning page. C4 Innovations will then review your course completion and email you a certificate within 2-3 weeks in PDF format. If you are social worker, you will need to write in your license number in the certificate request form for us to be able to include it in your certificate. 

C4 Innovations, Provider #1457, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. C4 Innovations maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 10/17/2023-10/17/2026. Social workers completing this course receive 7.5 continuing education credits.  

C4 Innovations has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6576. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. C4 Innovations is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 

This course has been approved by C4 Innovations, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #100990, C4 Innovations is responsible for all aspects of their programming. 

Curriculum

  • Orientation
  • Welcome!
  • Course Overview
  • Technology Requirements
  • Week 1
  • Week 1 Webcast: Monday, February 26, 2024 from 1:00-2:30 pm ET
  • Week 2
  • Week 2 Webcast: Monday, March 4, 2024 from 1:00-2:30 pm ET
  • Week 3
  • Week 3 Webcast: Monday, March 11, 2024 from 1:00-2:30 pm ET
  • Week 4
  • Week 4 Webcast: Monday, March 18, 2024 from 1:00-2:30 pm ET
  • Week 5
  • Week 5 Webcast: Monday, March 25, 2024 from 1:00-2:30 pm ET

About this course

Harm reduction is a philosophy and set of strategies that seeks to minimize the harm associated with high-risk behaviors while using motivational strategies to promote small, incremental behavior change. The harm reduction approach believes all people are capable of change and will do so when they are ready and when circumstances allow. It uses compassion and consistent positive regard to break the cycle of shame and harmful behaviors while increasing engagement in treatment and support services. This course will include a review of the basic principles and practices of harm reduction, sample harm reduction strategies and tools, and resources available to support meeting people where they are on their recovery journey.

Learning objectives:

  • Define harm reduction philosophy and principles
  • Describe why the harm reduction approach works
  • Identify strategies, resources, and techniques to reduce harm associated with high-risk behaviors
  • Explore motivational strategies that support positive behavior change
  • Identify ways to become an ambassador for the harm reduction approach to promote buy-in & expand access to services

Training Facts:

  • Dates: Mondays, February 26 - March 25, 2024
  • Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm ET
  • Location: Online Zoom meeting room 
  • Subject: Harm reduction, stages of change, recovery
  • Practice level: Beginner, Intermediate 
  • CE credit: 
    • ASWB: 7.5 hours
    • NAADAC: 7.5 hours
    • NBCC: 7.5 hours
  • Course type: Live interactive webinar 
    • 90 minute weekly live webcasts
    • Participants will participate in weekly live webinars with the instructors. They will also have access to weekly readings, videos, and other actives on the learning page. They will be quizzed on the knowledge they learn from the live webcasts and learning activities every week to ensure understanding. 
  • Covered topics: Harm Reduction, recovery, behavioral health, stages of change, motivational interviewing
  • Fees: $400 (unless a basic or advanced subscriber)
  • Date created: 2024

Meet the Faculty:

Jill Amos, MHR, has been working in mental health and addiction services for two decades as a treatment provider, peer worker, administrator, and advocate for people in recovery. As a person with lived experience, she has both personal and professional expertise. Her areas of interest and expertise include peer support, wellness planning, grief support, consumer rights, and rural healthcare. Prior to joining C4, Jill spent her career working for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. During her time there, she served as a clinician for people with severe mental illness and as a consumer advocate working with clients and their families to ensure quality care and beneficial resolutions in the state’s treatment system. In 2013, Jill became Manager for the state’s Peer Recovery Support Specialist Program. She developed and facilitated certification training and helped renew infrastructure for the continuing education and renewal process. In addition, she advocated for the growth of peer roles in the treatment system and amplified peer voices. In 2018, she became Director of Oklahoma’s EAP, where she worked to support and coordinate care for state workers and their families during COVID-19. 

Elizabeth Black, LADC, has spent her career working with and on behalf of people with mental health and substance use disorders. She holds a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor.  Elizabeth serves as subject matter expert, trainer, and technical assistance provider for substance use, mental health, and recovery initiatives. Her areas of interest and expertise include harm reduction, medication for opioid use disorder, co-occurring disorders, and health and wellness in recovery. Prior to her current role at C4 innovations, Elizabeth worked for more than a decade at the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. During her time there, she worked in central administration overseeing statewide services including client advocacy, criminal justice, rural behavioral health, and peer work. In addition, she oversaw the implementation of health and wellness interventions into behavioral health services statewide. In that role, her team received a governor’s commendation for their work which resulted in better health outcomes in Oklahoma’s most vulnerable communities.

Daisy M. Hernandez, MSW, LCSW, MBA, has dedicated her clinical social work career to community mental and behavioral health organizations within under-served communities. Her professional experience spans the entire spectrum of substance use disorder (prevention through recovery). Daisy has leveraged her lived experience, education, and bilingualism to support and advance racial justice and empower individuals who are over-represented in behavioral health and social services resulting from negative impacts of social determinants of health, including re-entry needs. Daisy began her career as a peer recovery coach supporting people in their quest towards recovery. She has held roles as recovery coach supervisor and program manager. Daisy has also served as a clinician for medication-assisted treatment in an opioid use disorder treatment program. She provides training and technical assistance for mental health and substance use providers for the Praxis: Training for MA Addiction Professionals initiative on topics including HIV/AIDS care integration, harm reduction, medication-assisted treatment, opioid overdose prevention, and Viral Hepatitis care integration. She has been a recovery coach academy trainer for bilingual cohorts. 

Who Should Take This Course:

Staff at all levels of health and human service agencies, behavioral health organizations, and recovery-centered organizations.

System Technology Requirements: 

Please ensure your viewing device complies with the following recommendations:

  • Must be on a device that allows you to view MP4 files
  • Ensure you have a strong enough internet speed to stream
  • Ensure you don't have firewalls blocking the video (some firewalls block some HTTP addresses)

We will be using Zoom for the viewing of our live sessions. In order to have the best experience for Zoom, please download the application here: https://zoom.us

Refund and Cancellation policy:

Access is automatically provided to this course once purchased. Therefore, no refund will be given. For special circumstances before the live sessions begin, C4 may cancel your registration and move your credit to another module of equal value or refund the course to the original source of payment. 

Training Certificates:

Participants may earn a Certificate of Course Completion* by:

  1. Attending all five, live webcasts (or watching the entire recording of each live session)
  2. Completing all required learning activities
  3. Scoring 80% or higher on each weekly quiz
  4. Completing the course evaluation form and the certificate request form

7.5 hours of continuing education credit will be awarded upon completion of this course through ASWB, NAADAC, and NBCC. Certificates will be emailed directly to participants roughly two weeks after the completion of the final webcast.

Accommodations: 

If you need accommodations for disability, please contact Project Coordinator, Isabel-Kai Fisher at training@c4innovates.com.

Grievances: 

If you would like to report a complaint, please contact Associate Director, Rachel Ehly at rehly@c4innovates.com


In order to fully complete this course and receive a continuing education certificate from one of the following boards, you must pass each of the five weekly quizzes with an 80% or higher (you will have unlimited retests) along with the final evaluation. The required posttest questions will be at the end of each week's section and the required evaluation will be provided at the completion of the course. Upon successful completion of this course, you can request a certificate using the certificate request form posted with the evaluation and on your learning page. C4 Innovations will then review your course completion and email you a certificate within 2-3 weeks in PDF format. If you are social worker, you will need to write in your license number in the certificate request form for us to be able to include it in your certificate. 

C4 Innovations, Provider #1457, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. C4 Innovations maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 10/17/2023-10/17/2026. Social workers completing this course receive 7.5 continuing education credits.  

C4 Innovations has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6576. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. C4 Innovations is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 

This course has been approved by C4 Innovations, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #100990, C4 Innovations is responsible for all aspects of their programming. 

Curriculum

  • Orientation
  • Welcome!
  • Course Overview
  • Technology Requirements
  • Week 1
  • Week 1 Webcast: Monday, February 26, 2024 from 1:00-2:30 pm ET
  • Week 2
  • Week 2 Webcast: Monday, March 4, 2024 from 1:00-2:30 pm ET
  • Week 3
  • Week 3 Webcast: Monday, March 11, 2024 from 1:00-2:30 pm ET
  • Week 4
  • Week 4 Webcast: Monday, March 18, 2024 from 1:00-2:30 pm ET
  • Week 5
  • Week 5 Webcast: Monday, March 25, 2024 from 1:00-2:30 pm ET