NOTE: You must be prompt and present for the course – participation in the full two days is required. Any time missed will result in certificates not being issued.

This one day workshop is designed to provide historical context for harm reduction initiatives and practices in Toronto, and to introduce the concept of both substance use and harm reduction as continua.  We will explore some of the roots and effects of stigma and NIMBYism; some barriers/solutions to implementing harm reduction models, and the efficacy of harm reduction strategies.  An example of a practical application of harm reduction illustrating the value of including peer expertise in projects and programs will be afforded through an examination of overdose risks and responses.


Learning Objectives:

  • Increased understanding of the complex relationships between poverty, homelessness, trauma, stigma, substance use and harm reduction.
  • Strengthened awareness of the efficacy of harm reduction strategies including overdose awareness.
  • Enhanced knowledge of harm reduction based resources/services and of including people with lived expertise in program development and delivery.