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Everyday Harm Reduction

Finding Ways to Become Curious about Changing Habits

Online
1.5 CE Hour
Clinical, Substance Abuse
Free

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When and Where

Location

  • Live Webinar
    Access virtually on TPN.health
Description

“Harm reduction” appears everywhere, from project proposals to newspaper headlines. Although harm reduction (HR) seems to be everywhere all at once, the philosophy and practice of harm reduction are not always clearly understood. Additionally, practitioners have often not received any significant training in HR and are unsure of how to work with this approach when working with help seekers. In this webinar, we will discuss some of the basic tenets of harm reduction. We will also have an opportunity to practice using exercises designed to explore an individual’s relationship to substances and/or behaviors and discuss how the harm reduction approach can lead to meaningful and productive conversations promoting change.

Target Audience
  • Counselors
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Psychologists
Educational Goal

The educational goal of this workshop is to help clinicians open up to talking about substance use disorders and other potentially problematic behaviors from a position of curiosity that allows for client exploration and a gradual shift toward alternative (and often safer) alternatives.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Define the term “Harm Reduction.”

  • Identify 3 or more practitioner and/or client activities that can be considered a type of harm reduction.

  • Compare the clinical practice of harm reduction and the Harm Reduction social justice movement, describing at least 1 similarity and 1 difference.

  • Identify at least 2 harm reduction exercises that can be used to explore acceptance, self-compassion, and empowerment.

  • Create a sample goal or next step for change and growth after exploring their own relationship to a substance or behavior.

References
  • Collins, S. E., & Clifasefi, S. L. (2023). Harm Reduction Treatment for Substance Use. Hogrefe Publishing.

  • Dempsey, K. L. (2024). The Harm Reduction Workbook for Addiction: Motivational Interviewing Skills to Create a Personalized Recovery Plan and Make Lasting Change. New Harbinger Publications.

  • Miller, W. R., & Rollnick, S. (2023). Motivational interviewing: Helping people change and grow. Guilford Publications.

  • Tatarsky. (2019). The challenge of harm reduction. Psychotherapy Networker., 43.

  • Vakharia, S. P. (2024). The Harm Reduction Gap: Helping Individuals Left Behind by Conventional Drug Prevention and Abstinence-only Addiction Treatment. Taylor & Francis.

  • Volkow, N. D. (2020). Personalizing the treatment of substance use disorders. American Journal of Psychiatry, 177(2), 113-116.

  • Witkiewitz, K., Litten, R. Z., & Leggio, L. (2019). Advances in the science and treatment of alcohol use disorder. Science advances, 5(9), eaax4043.

CE Details
Introductory
Clinical
Substance Abuse

TPN.health has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7267. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. TPN.health is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

 

Course meets the qualifications for hours of continuing education credit for LPCCs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. TPN.health is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LPCCs. TPN.health maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

 

Trusted Provider Network, LLC 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-0220.

This course has been approved by TPN.health, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #198061, TPN.health is responsible for all aspects of the programming. Counselor Skill Group: Legal, Ethical and Professional Development.

TPN.health, #1766, 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. TPN.health maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 03/31/2022 – 03/31/2025. Social workers completing this course receive 1.5 continuing education credits.

 

Course meets the qualifications for hours of continuing education credit for LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. TPN.health is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LCSWs. TPN.health maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

 

Trusted Provider Network, LLC 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-0654.

Course meets the qualifications for hours of continuing education credit for LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. TPN.health is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs. TPN.health maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

 

Trusted Provider Network, LLC 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 marriage and family therapists #MFT-0097.

TPN.health is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. TPN.health maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

CE Policy
Agenda
  • Waiting Room Opens
  • Workshop Begins
  • Workshop Ends
Note: Time designated for waiting room cannot be counted toward CE credit.
TPN.health and this educator have no conflicts of interest and have not received any commercial support for this program or its contents.
Kristin L. Dempsey, EdD, LMFT, LPCC

Kristin is a psychotherapist, counselor educator, and trainer in evidence-based psychotherapy practices. Kristin is a practicing licensed marriage and family therapist and licensed clinical counselor. She has worked in various clinical settings: schools, community-based organizations, county mental health, training agencies, and universities and professional schools.

Kristin has trained clinicians and students in motivational interviewing since 2008 and has practiced motivational interviewing since 2001. In addition to training in motivational interviewing, Kristin trains and provides consultation for clinicians in dialectical behavior therapy, trauma-informed care, cognitive behavioral therapy, co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, clinician self-care, and suicide prevention and intervention.

Kristin is lecturing faculty at San Francisco State University, where she teaches addiction counseling. She is an associate professor at the Wright Institute’s Counseling Psychology program, where she teaches counseling skills, developmental psychology, research-based practice, group counseling, and addiction treatment. Kristin has assisted counseling agencies with self-assessment and programmatic change, and her EdD in Organizational Change and Leadership has assisted her in providing systems-level consultation. She is the author of The Harm Reduction Workbook for Addiction, published by New Harbinger Press in 2024. She sees clients in San Francisco and Burlingame, California.

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