CE / Trainer course

Guide to Harm Reduction

Course Overview

The purpose of this harm reduction training course is to convey a working understanding of harm reduction as it is applied to substance use disorder.

Harm reduction incorporates a spectrum of evidence-based and evidence-informed strategies from safer use, to managed use, to abstinence to meet drug users “where they’re at” and addressing conditions of use along with the use itself.

In this training course you will learn the benefits of harm reduction and how harm reduction strategies can be applied to reduce harm and further complications from drug use and reduce the harm and risks to the community. The course will dispel some common myths of harm reduction and illustrate where it fits within the continuum of substance use (SUD) treatment and recovery. Participants will gain and understanding of harm reduction principles and services and be able to define what it means to “practice” harm reduction.

What You Will Learn

Course Outline

  1. Harm Reduction Terminology, Definition and Philosophy
    a. Terminology
    b. What is Harm
    c. Definition and Philosophy
    d. Harm Reduction Versus Harm Elimination
    e. Community and Benefits of Harm Reduction
    f. Who are Harm Reductionists and What they Do?

  2. History of Harm Reduction and the Criminalization of Drugs
    a. History
    b. Criminalization of Drugs
    c. Connection to Structural Inequalities and Racism

  3. Foundations in Harm Reduction Approaches
    a. Evidence-based and Evidence Informed Approaches
    b. Harm Reduction Strategies
    c. Continuum of Substance Use
    d. Substance Use Management (SUM)
    e. Stages pf Change Model and Harm Reduction
    f. Assessing Areas for Improvement: Drug, Set, and Setting
    g. Ideal Model for Harm Reduction

  4. Practicing Harm Reduction
    a. Introduction to: Principles + Tools = Practicing
    b. Harm Reduction Principles
    c. Harm Reduction Services and Tools

  5. Harm Reduction Myths

  6. Examples of Harm Reduction in Action

  7. Next Steps and Resources

Online CE Course

Online, self-paced continuing education.

3.0 CE Credits

Clinician and layperson accreditation through Purdue University, College of Pharmacy, Office of Continuing Education.


Individual Course: $45



Onsite and Virtual Training

On-site and virtual training available for groups of five or more.

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Trainer Program

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Training Fee: $255/person

Program License Fee: $200/per person

Group Program License: $400/per group

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