Course curriculum

  • 1

    Why people use drugs and understanding the social context of drug use

    • Introduction

    • What you'll learn

    • Why do people use drugs?

    • Social context of drug use

    • Reflection

    • Why people “don’t just stop” using drugs

    • Reflection

    • Competing needs and concerns

  • 2

    Harm reduction approaches to working with people who use drugs

    • Introduction

    • Why harm reduction?

    • Key elements of a harm reduction approach

    • Harm Reduction Works

    • Terrell: Harm Reduction Saved My Life

  • 3

    Stigma and drug use

    • Introduction

    • What does society tell us about drug use?

    • Stigma

    • Reflection

    • How does drug-related stigma show up?

    • Key elements of drug-related stigma

    • Internalized Stigma

    • Intersection of stigma, inequality, and social determinants

    • Reflection

  • 4

    Practical strategies to promoting engagement with people who use drugs

    • Introduction

    • The key to providing effective services

    • Open communication

    • Preferred Language

    • Test your knowledge

    • Introduction to non-verbals

    • Non verbals: eye contact

    • Non verbals: staying present

    • Non verbals: facial expressions and responses

    • Creating a Safe Environment for Participants

    • Physical Space

    • Asking about drug use

    • Putting everything together

    • Scenario 1

    • Test your knowledge

    • Scenario 2

    • Test your knowledge

    • Scenario 3

    • Test your knowledge

    • Tips from providers

    • Promoting Ongoing Engagement

    • Creating a friendly and accessible environment

  • 5

    Conclusion

    • Conclusion

    • Reflection

    • Resources