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Implementing Harm Reduction Strategies for Health & Wellness in Mental Health Settings

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Implementing Harm Reduction Strategies for Health & Wellness in Mental Health Settings


Harm reduction techniques have traditionally been used with high risk behaviors associated with substance and alcohol use. However, the principles and techniques of harm reduction can be used in mental health setting to address other dimensions of wellness and health including physical and mental health. Through harm reduction, staff can address high risk behaviors with individuals and increase sense of trust and strengthen therapeutic alliance. One of the most common barriers to using harm reduction are some of the misconceptions around its principles.

This training is not a training in Motivational Interviewing (MI) but rather how direct service behavioral health professionals can use MI in conjunction with Harm Reduction principles to support those worked with. It is an introductory discussion only.

This ½ day training will provide an overview of harm reduction principles and how harm reduction can be applied to the dimensions of wellness. The training is intended to help professionals working direct service positions to become informed about ways to engage individuals around challenging behaviors that may impede recovery and wellness. Harm reduction principles can be used to engage an individual around behaviors related to co-occurring disorders, physical conditions, and other areas of wellness as well as be a bridge to other services and supports the individual may need. Motivational Interviewing (MI) techniques will be discussed as well.

After completing the training, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate Harm Reduction concepts

  • Actively engage individuals who are involved with high risk behaviors

  • Identify areas of wellness where Harm Reduction can be used
  • A mix of didactic, experiential and technological methods will be used throughout the training including plays, and small group discussion.

    Names and qualifications of facilitators:
    Clinton Green, LMSW, is a Training and Implementation Specialist at The Center for Rehabilitation and Recovery. He collaborates with New York City behavioral health providers on enhancing access and quality of person-centered and recovery-oriented services through her provision of trainings and technical assistance.

    Prior to this position, Clinton has worked for over ten (10+) years with individuals with mental health challenges in recovery-oriented programs including over three (3+) plus years in a supervisory role. In these roles, used harm reduction techniques in treatment as well as trained peer staff on using harm reduction techniques.

    Liz Breier, MHAP, is a Training and Implementation Specialist at The Center for Rehabilitation and Recovery. She collaborates with New York City behavioral health providers on enhancing access and quality of person-centered and recovery-oriented services through her provision of trainings and technical assistance. She has worked in Behavioral Health for close to twenty years in a variety of supervisory and leadership roles in Florida, New Jersey and New York. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services from Florida Gulf Coast University and a Master of Arts in Health Advocacy from Sarah Lawrence College.

    Additionally, Liz is a Certified Health Coach with the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute and is working toward a certification in nutritional psychology. Liz worked in Harm Reduction principled environment for over three (3) years (2015-2018). Received organizational harm reduction training in Harm Reduction practice

    Information for Continuing Education:
    This course is approved for 4 Social Work LMSW/LCSW, 4 LMHC CE hours, and 4 CASAC/CPP/CPS CE hours. Participants must arrive on time and stay for the full workshop to receive CE hours. No credit will be provided for partial attendance.

    Important Notice:
    The Coalition for Behavioral Health, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0098 and is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0121.

    For questions about CE credits please contact:
    Amanda Saake, Director for the Center for Rehabilitation and Recovery at asaake@coalitionny.org

    For questions about registration please contact:
    Deborah Short, Administrative Coordinator for the Center for Rehabilitation and Recovery at dshort@coalitionny.org

    Cancellation:
    While this workshop is free of charge, there is a $50 cancellation fee if registrants do not cancel more than 24 hours in advance. To cancel, please email Deborah Short at: dshort@coalitionny.org

    Date: Tuesday, January 22, 2019
    Time: 12:30PM - 4:30PM | Doors open at 12:00PM
    Location: **Downtown Conference Center at Pace University,157 William Street | New York, NY 10038
    **Upon your arrival, 1st FL reception will provide you with the classroom number


    **If you have NOT received a confirmation notice after completing the registration process it means that you are NOT registered, please contact Deborah Short for assistance at: dshort@coalitionny.org or call 212-742-1600 x 235. Thank you for your interest in our training.

    **We reserve the right to limit the number of attendees per organization based on the
    demand for the workshop/meeting.**