Tag: service providers

Meeting Them Where They’re At: Harm Reduction and Positive Youth Development

Join us on Tuesday, June 28th from 9:30 am-12:30 pm for a FREE, peer learning summit focused on Harm Reduction and Positive Youth Development. During this summit, we will bring together service providers working with youth, young adults, and other people who use drugs to consider strategies to mitigate overdose risk for young people, methods of combining harm reduction and positive youth development approaches, and much more!

Secondary Trauma & Helping Professionals

This non-clinical training module covers
secondary trauma and cumulative stress
with a specific focus on wellness and
safety for service providers working in
direct care with people who use drugs.
Training topics include resilience, PTSD,
compassion fatigue, and burnout.

Working with People Who Use Stimulants: Best Practices

As drug use changes and evolves in
Massachusetts and beyond, we need to be
prepared to support clients no matter what
substances they use. Learn the basics of
what stimulants are, what they do in the
body, and how we can support people who
use stimulants.

Secondary Trauma & Helping Professionals: OOPTP Training Session

This curriculum is designed to educate and build skills about understanding secondary trauma and cumulative stress. A 2018 provider guide generated by the Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health discusses a trauma-informed approach as “…an approach to care that integrates an understanding of trauma into all levels of care, system engagement, workforce development, organizational policy and cross-sectoral collaborations.”1  This approach underlies secondary trauma and is particularly aimed at diminishing the chances of re-traumatizing people in order to encourage better coping mechanisms, positive life-decisions, and cohesive information sharing.  In the module below we focus specifically on improving the wellness and safety of service providers working with opioid-related issues, including supporting resilience and preventing secondary trauma, compassion fatigue, and burnout.  Secondary Trauma identifies the duality and reciprocity inherent in the provider’s role. They are both subject to experience cumulative stress and trauma (either direct/primary or vicarious/secondary) and positioned to provide care for persons who have experienced the cumulative stress and trauma. 

Learner Outcomes:

Distinguish between primary and secondary trauma and identify similarities in their symptoms.
Describe the causes, symptoms, and outcomes of cumulative stress and secondary trauma.
Develop and implement tools for evaluating stress within their lives. 
Identify help resources, self-care tools, and collective care strategies for addressing cumulative stress and trauma. 
Presented by: Health Resources in Action (HRiA)

Sponsored by: ​MA Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Addiction Services & 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: [email protected] at least three weeks prior to secure accommodations.