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

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Past Webinar Recordings

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: From The Basics to The Beyond – 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: From The Basics to The Beyond – 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 Series – 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 Series – 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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    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

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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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    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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    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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    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