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Supporting People Who Use Drugs: Strategies for Service Providers

March 28, 2022 . 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Many service providers are likely interacting with people who use drugs and/or people who are at risk for overdose. Being able to effectively support and engage with people who use drugs (PWUD) is vital in our work if we want to help keep our clients and participants safe from overdose and other adverse health effects.  Collectively, there is a lack of comprehensive training on how we can effectively support this population, while being nonjudgmental and non-stigmatizing in our approach. This training will offer participants an opportunity to explore reasons why people may use drugs, how we can assess risk using the “drug, set, setting” model, and how we can design our physical program spaces to support engagement among our participants and clients who use drugs.

Learning Objectives – Participants will be able to:

  • Understand the intersection between harm reduction and recovery and name the similarities and differences between these two approaches
  • Explore the societal context of drug use through the “drug, set, setting” model and develop an appreciation for the various reasons people use drugs
  • Learn non-stigmatizing approaches to interacting with prospective program participants who use drugs and designing the physical program space
  • Develop skills in the asking, listening, and informing strategy of motivational interviewing to hold conversations about drug use and harm reduction with clients/participants

Sponsored by: ​MA Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Addiction Services, Health Resources in Action (HRiA) & AdCare Educational Institute, Inc.

Accommodations: If you are Deaf or hard of hearing, or are a person with a disability who requires accommodation, please contact Emelie Tenander at AdCare Educational Institute, Inc. at (508) 752-7313; Fax: (508) 752-8111; TTY: (508) 754-0039 or email: e[email protected] at least three weeks prior to secure accommodations.


March 28, 2022
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
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