Education & Training

Harm Reduction Webinars

OHRN develops online learning opportunities in collaboration with community partners and Drug Culture Consultants with lived and living experience of drug use.

 

Register for upcoming webinars to participate with workers from across the province, or take advantage of viewing our webinar recordings anytime and at your own pace.

A note about registration and certification

For statistical purposes, registration is required to watch live or recorded webinars. We will provides certificates of participation by request. Contact us if you have any questions.

Upcoming Webinars

  • Ontario’s overdose crisis: Addressing inhalation and stimulant use

    October 5, 2021

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    Time Commitment

    90 minutes

    Pre-requisites

    None

    What you will learn

    Ontario’s overdose epidemic continues to threaten people who use drugs and their families and communities. It has also been worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic and the homelessness crisis.

    The response to the overdose epidemic has traditionally focused on opioid injection use, in particular with fentanyl. However, recent data tell us that inhalation and stimulant use are also major contributors to overdose deaths.

    This webinar will be a panel discussion with harm reduction experts, including frontline workers, researchers and people with lived experience. They will discuss emerging overdose trends in Ontario related to inhalation and stimulants and recommendations for harm reduction practice.

    October 5, 2021

    Noon to 1:30 p.m. EDT

    Moderator: Christopher Hoy, Manager, Hepatitis C Community Programming, CATIE

    Speakers:
    • Chasse Gibeault, Community Prevention Worker, Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy
    • Tina Rowe, Community Prevention Worker, Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy
    • Tali Cahill, Nursing Team Lead, Sandy Hill Community Health Centre
    • Christy Herr, Public Health Nurse, Northwestern Health Unit
    • Dr. Tara Gomes, Epidemiologist, Principal Investigator, Ontario Drug Policy Research Network
    • Dr. Carol Strike, Professor, University of Toronto

    This webinar is a partnership between the Ontario Harm Reduction Distribution Program (OHRDP), the Ontario Harm Reduction Network (OHRN) and CATIE. CATIE is supported by the Ontario Ministry of Health to deliver information and education for hepatitis C service providers in Ontario.

Past Webinar Recordings

  • Connecting: A webinar on new guidance for using harm reduction supplies as engagement tools

    May 12, 2021

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    Time Commitment

    1 hour

    Pre-requisites

    None.

     

    Related Material

    Connecting: A Guide to Using Harm Reduction Supplies as Engagement Tools

    Slide Deck – PPTX (8.4MB)

    Slide Deck – PDF (2.4MB)

    What you will learn

    This webinar celebrates the launch of Connecting: A Guide to Using Harm Reduction Supplies as Engagement Tools. We share the story of how the guide was developed and explore concrete ways to use the guide in day-to-day work. Part professional development training, part celebration, this event will be of interest to teams working on the front lines of harm reduction in Ontario.

    Connecting has been developed for frontline harm reduction workers, based on the Best Practice Recommendations for Canadian Harm Reduction Programs and focus group consultations across the province. We hope this Guide supports the incredible and ongoing efforts of frontline harm reduction workers who continue to evolve programs and services in their communities.

    Agenda

    Introduction | Netta Kornberg, Knowledge Exchange Lead, Ontario Harm Reduction Network

    Message of Congratulations | Karen Lomax, Overdose Prevention Coordinator, ARCH Guelph

    Project Overview | Nadia Zurba, Manager, Ontario Harm Reduction Distribution Program

    Voices from the Field | Denise Beaumont, Inventory Analyst, Ontario Harm Reduction Distribution Program

    Components of the Guide | Josée Conway, Operations Coordinator, Ontario Harm Reduction Distribution Program

    Use Cases Overview | Netta Kornberg, Knowledge Exchange Lead, Ontario Harm Reduction Network

    Use Case 1 | Meghanne Hicks, Registered Nurse, Addictions and Mental Health Services,  Kingston

    Use Case 2 | Talia Storm, Manager of StreetWorks Services, Positive Living Niagara

    Conclusion | Nick Boyce, Director, Ontario Harm Reduction Network

     

  • Engaging People Who Use Drugs to Build Organizational Capacity

    March 6, 2020

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    Time Commitment

    Approximately 90 minutes

    Pre-requisites

    None

    What you will learn

    • Key principles and practical tips to meaningfully engage People Who Use Drugs (PWUD)
    • Relevant resources to consult on an ongoing basis
    • How your organization can begin or improve working with PWUD in policy development, program design, and service delivery
    • How involving PWUD can lead to relevant services and greater engagement with service users, while building the capacity of all involved

     

    The webinar is co-facilitated by the Ontario Harm Reduction Network and people with living experience and expertise of drug use.

Cross-Cultural Harm Reduction Training

Dates recorded: August 2020

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  • Cross-Cultural Harm Reduction Training – Part 1: Values, Stigma, Discrimination, and the Impact of Policies on BIPOC Communities

    August 11, 2020

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    Time Commitment

    Approximately 120 minutes

    Pre-requisites

    None

    What you will learn

    • How we generate values and attitudes about drugs and people that use them
    • Different ways stigma is enacted and how it can affect access to and provision of services
    • How drug polices specifically intersect with BIPOC communities

     

    Key Themes

    • Values and attitudes towards drug use
    • Stigma and discrimination
    • Impact of drug policies on Black, Indigenous & People of Colour (BIPOC) communities

  • Cross-Cultural Harm Reduction Training – Part 2: Drug Use, Harm Reduction, and Working with People Who Use Drugs

    August 20, 2020

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    Time Commitment

    Approximately 120 minutes

    Pre-requisites

    Part 1: Values, Stigma, Discrimination, and the Impact of Policies on BIPOC Communities or relevant experience.

    What you will learn

    • Think about reasons people may or may not use substances
    • Look at the spectrum of use and consider the stages of change
    • Learn about the different methods of taking substances and associated benefits and risks
    • Examine the philosophy and practice of harm reduction
    • Talk briefly about overdose prevention
    • Learn about ways to meaningfully include People Who Use Drugs in policy development, program design and service delivery

     

    Key Themes

    • Drug/Substance Use 101
    • Harm Reduction 101
    • Working with People Who Use Drugs

  • Cross-Cultural Harm Reduction Training – Part 3: Providing Culturally Appropriate Supports and Safer Spaces

    August 26, 2020

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    Time Commitment

    Approximately 120 minutes

    Pre-requisites

    Part 1: Values, Stigma, Discrimination, and the Impact of Policies on BIPOC Communities and Part 2: Drug Use, Harm Reduction, and Working with People Who Use Drugs, or relevant experience.

    What you will learn

    • Existing harm reduction programs
    • Ways to meaningfully include People Who Use Drugs in policy development, program design and service delivery
    • Ways to make services more culturally relevant and appropriate

  • Trans Awareness – Part 1: The Basics

    June 21, 2019

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    Time Commitment

    Approximately 120 minutes

    Pre-requisites

    None

    What you will learn

    Become more inclusive by understanding terms, definitions, and issues impacting trans and non-binary peoples and communities.

    Objectives:

    • Learn language inclusive of trans/non-binary people
    • Understand the many complex issues trans/non-binary folx face
    • Learn skills on how to be a better ally to trans/non-binary communities

  • Trans Awareness – Part 2: The Beyond

    June 21, 2019

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    Time Commitment

    Approximately 120 minutes

    Pre-requisites

    Part 1: The Basics or relevant experience

    What you will learn

    Takes the conversation further with an in-depth look at issues affecting how and why trans and non-binary people access, or do not access services.

    Objectives:

    • Understand the social determinants of health for trans/non-binary people by examining provincial data on mental health, substance use, and HIV risks
    • Develop strategies to reduce barriers to services
    • Learn what equipment resources are needed to make your harm reduction services more inclusive

Methamphetamine Series

Dates recorded: October 2018

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  • Methamphetamine – Part 1: Methamphetamine 101

    October 21, 2018

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    Time Commitment

    Approximately 120 minutes

    Pre-requisites

    None

    What you will learn

    • The history, pharmacology, and effects of methamphetamine
    • Basic harm and risk reduction strategies
    • How meth is used and associated injection and inhalation equipment

     

    Facilitators

    Colin Johnson, Drug Culture Consultant, Ontario Harm Reduction Network

    Nick Boyce, Director, Ontario Harm Reduction Network

  • Methamphetamine – Part 2: Working With and Supporting People Who Use Methamphetamine

    October 21, 2018

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    Time Commitment

    Approximately 120 minutes

    Pre-requisites

    Part 1: Methamphetamine 101, or relevant experience.

    What you will learn

    • Signs of overdose and how to respond
    • Behaviours associated with methamphetamine use and strategies for engaging
    • Process and supports for people looking to change their use

     

    Facilitators

    Nick Boyce, Director, Ontario Harm Reduction Network

    Bryan Deresti, St. Stephen’s Community House Drop-in Program

    Sanda Kazazic, St. Stephen’s Community House Drop-in Program

Harm Reduction Equipment Best Practices (2016)

Dates recorded: February 2016

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  • Harm Reduction Equipment Best Practices – Part 1: Crack Smoking Supplies and Best Practices

    February 21, 2016

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    Time Commitment

    Approximately 90 minutes

    Pre-requisites

    None

    What you will learn

    Learn about crack smoking equipment distributed through the Ontario Harm Reduction Distribution Program, and associated best practices.

    The information in this webinar is current as of February 2016. Core best practices discussed remain relevant. Some equipment and drug trends discussed may be outdated.

  • Harm Reduction Equipment Best Practices – Part 2: Injection Drug Use Supplies and Best Practices

    February 21, 2016

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    Time Commitment

    Approximately 90 minutes

    Pre-requisites

    None

    What you will learn

    Learn about injection drug use equipment distributed through the Ontario Harm Reduction Distribution Program, and the associated best practices.

    The information in this webinar is current as of February 2016. Core best practices discussed remain relevant. Some equipment and drug trends discussed may be outdated.

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    Thank you for the relevant information, the knowledge and expertise from your panel. Always beneficial to get the perspective of lived experience and front line staff.

    — Methamphetamine: Working with and supporting people who use, Webinar Participant

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    Having been given the responsibility of developing a workshop on IDU and best practices for supply distribution, I found the webinar very useful and well developed. What I found the most useful was the many harm reduction recommendations we could give to clients. For example, I never thought of advising a client to abstain from using in a particular vein to provide health care providers with an easier area to set up an I.V. (or administer an I.V. medication).

    — Injection Drug Use Supplies and Best Practices Webinar Participant

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    Hearing from satellite site workers about the nuances of their work and daily experience. Learning about the logistics of developing and running the programs. Hearing the things that worked, as well as the challenges faced by satellite workers. Hearing about creative ideas of working with people who are usually disregarded in harm reduction work (i.e people who sell drugs) and connecting with communites.

    — Satellite Sites Guide Webinar Participants, Speaking on the most valuable parts of the Satellite Sites Webinar

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    The importance of helping to form groups and coalitions and not having a single person be your token representative. I also think this presentation validated my observation as a front-line worker, that morning appointments just aren't do-able for a lot of PWUD. In the past, professionals (Social workers, Drs etc.) have implied that this is just laziness (which I obviously disagree with) but now I have the backing of OHRN training saying that it's a best practice 🙂

    — Engaging People Who Use Drugs to Build Organizational Capacity Webinar Participant, Speaking on takeaways from the webinar

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    Being able to better understand and talk about crystal meth. We don’t hear about it a lot in the North, but I feel better prepared for those times when people do talk about it.

    — Methamphetamine Webinar Participant