Harm Reduction – From Principles to Practice

August 26, 2024. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Eastern Time Zone

(Live, Interactive Webinar. ASWB and NBCC Approved)

Workshop Overview:

The goal of this interactive workshop will discuss all aspects of harm reduction. Participants will be able to identify at least 3 principles of harm reduction work. Participants will be able to define harm reduction. Participants will also be able to differentiate between a successful harm reduction approach and less successful approaches and identify at least two reasons behind unsuccessful approaches. Participants will be introduced into the diagnostic criteria of the DSM and dimensional criteria of the ASAM 4, in the lens of determining the need of admission to treatment and continued care need from a harm reduction treatment perspective. Participants will be able to identify three different medicated assisted treatments (MAT), and discussion of medicinal marijuana being added as an MAT option.

NOTE: This course satisfies the statutory requirement of one contact hour being in education programs or topics concerning prescription opioid drugs, including the risks and signs of opioid abuse, addiction, and diversion. This is pursuant to P.L. 2017, c. 341 for both LPCs 2[12.] 11.2 and LCSWs 2[11.] 10.2.

Workshop Objectives:

By attending this conference you will be able to do the following:

  1. 1. Workshop participants will be able to define harm reduction.

  2. 2. Workshop participants will be able to identify two harm reduction stances and be able to define the differences between these stances.

  3. 3. Workshop participants will be able to identify at least 3 harm reduction principles.

  4. 4. Workshop participants will be able to list how to use the DSM-5-TR and ASAM 4 criteria to help identify objective criteria to determine admission and/or continuing stay need.

  5. 5. Workshop participants will be able to identify how Motivational Interviewing and Stages of Change can be utilized as a therapeutic style using a harm reduction perspective.


Workshop Date:

August 26, 2024
Workshop hours: 9:00 a.m. – 3 p.m. Eastern Time Zone


Workshop Format:

Live Interactive Webinar using the Zoom Platform

Next Workshop:

December 5, 2024 (Live, Interactive Webinar)

Registration Information:

August 26, 2024 Brochure

Register for August 26, 2024

Webinar Interaction:

This will be a live, interactive webinar using the Zoom platform. We will have interaction utilizing real-time questions and answers, Zoom polling questions, and breakout room small group exercises.

How do I obtain my certificate of completion in a Webinar World?:

Certificates of completion will be awarded at the end of the workshop day to participants who meet our requirements. We will determine conference attendance through Zoom logs (as Zoom tracks when people enter and leave a conference), ensuring participants were attending during the entire conference. NOTE: You must use your own computer, if you and an office mate are attending the conference, do not surf off somebody else’s monitor because Zoom will state you weren’t in attendance. Your fillable PDF workshop evaluation will be emailed to you prior to the conference. Please fill out this evaluation and email it back to us at the same email address that sent you the evaluation. PDF Certificates of completion will be emailed to participants within 48 hours upon the return of the workshop evaluation.

Credentialing Information:

This course is approved for 5 NBCC Clock Hours (LPC, LAC, LCADC, CADC, LMFT) of continuing education (NBCC Provider #6532). Harm Reduction: From Principles to Practice, Course #4943, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by Advanced Counselor Training, LLC as an individual course. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 05/03/2023 – 05/03/2025. Social workers completing this course receive 5 clinical continuing education credits.

Course Content Level:

Social Workers: Course content for this workshop is beginner/intermediate level.

Cancellation/Reimbursement Policy:

Valid requests must be received in writing/email within seven (7) days of course date. Late requests for this 1 day workshop can only bring in a substitute attendee or receive credit for a future workshop date. All refunds are subject to a $15.00 processing fee. If paid by credit card, an additional $4.04 fee will be assessed to cover the cost of PayPal processing charges on credit cards. Refund requests require 2-3 weeks processing time and will be issued as a check as is our policy.

Privacy Policy:

Advanced Counselor Training keeps all information private. None of your information will go out to any other vendors, marketers, or other 3rd party applications or programs. On-line sign-up is done via a secured, encrypted server and any hard copy information sent to Advanced Counselor Training is stored in a locked, secure location.

Grievance Policy:

Valid grievance requests must be received in writing/email within ten days of workshop date, or can be provided in person directly after the workshop. Every attempt will be made to resolve a grievance with a complainant at the time of the grievance. Should this not be resolved, the complainant will be provided further grievance procedures to follow including contacting the Licensed Professional Counselor Committee at the Division of Consumer Affairs at (973) 504-6415, and/or contacting NBCC at (336) 547-0607, to report the nature of the unresolved grievance.

Any social worker not pleased with the complaint resolution provided by Advanced Counselor Training, LLC may appeal to the CE accrediting entity or their jurisdictional board. The State Board of Social Worker Examiners at the Division of Consumer Affairs can be reached at (973) 504-6495.

Disability Accommodations:

If you need any accommodations due to a disability, please contact Advanced Counselor Training, LLC upon registration to the workshop. We can be reached at 732-544-2189 or via email at info@clinicalsupervisor.net.

PARENTAL ADVISORY NOTICE: This Workshop Series Presenter runs a PG-13 Conference. Random cursing has occurred in the past. The presenter does his best to use outdated curse words that you have to Google to understand their meaning, like “tarnation” and “dagnabbit”. So, if you think a “muckspout couldn’t teach a hen to cluck” or if you find current curse words offensive … then DO NOT ATTEND!

DISCLAIMER: Management is cautioning that if offense occurs to you due to random (tier 2, not the really bad) curse words, then it is possible this is NOT the workshop for you. Caution! Presenter has sharp edges. This can be a very boisterous presentation. Laughing and learning has been shown to have certain side effects in less than 1% of the population. Side effects include professional confusion from laughing and learning, and mild to moderate irritability in some users. In rare instances it can lead to severe reactions, such as wanting to contact the authorities. If any of these have occurred previously, take immediate actions that may include, but not limited to, not attending this workshop/conference series! A good sense of humor is required in order to attend. You know your humor limitations; this presenter DOES NOT!

Previous Workshop Feedback:

I know what you’re thinking … a webinar? Really? Yes, and I solemnly swear to do my best to not make this a snooze fest! Here is recent feedback from webinars:
“The most useful part of the course was how the enchanting presenter weaved a typically boring topic into an intricate and captivating tapestry. You skillfully ensured every participant remained attentively engaged, turning what could have been mundane into a spellbinding experience.” – July, 2024

“Glenn’s style is a perfect blend of deep knowledge, excellent preparation and fun stand-up.” – July, 2024

“This course was packed full of information and resources that I will be putting into use in my professional work! Glenn is incredibly knowledgeable. His use of humor and vulnerability added greatly to this value of the course by making the information very relatable! I would recommend this course to anyone who asks (or even those who don’t)!” – April, 2024

“Glenn is always very engaging, extremely knowledgeable, and creates such an open, interactive training space. Thank you!” – February, 2024

“I truly appreciated this course. Most engaging and thorough ethics and legal issues course I’ve ever completed in 15 years since I began working.” – November, 2023

“I am thoroughly satisfied with this workshop. I don’t think I’ve laughed out loud so much in a workshop and looked forward to attending on subsequent days after the initial session. Excellent—and I’ve been to decades of trainers! I have attended supervision courses before and was a bit apprehensive that it would be repetative or boring, or both. I am so relieved that I learned new information.” – September, 2023

“This course was so well done! I was very impressed with Glenn’s method of delivery. Who knew a PowerPoint presentation could be enjoyable? Glenn utilized so many different sources of solid information to support his presentation, his sense of humor, and old school radio DJ voice really made the information communicated a great learning experience.” – July, 2023

“I love Glenn’s presentation style – it is always engaging, time flies by and I receive a ton of information!” – January, 2023

“This was the best course I have had during my entire 30 year career. Hard not to pay attention since I was laughing the through most of it. Great sense of humor while presenting this material. Easier to learn when the instructor is presenting in this fashion.” – October, 2022

“Glenn did an incredible job presenting the information in a way that was interesting and engaging. It will certainly be helpful in my everyday practice. I would attend any trainings done by Glenn. Zoom trainings can be daunting, and often I end up multitasking, but i paid attention during the entire full day training.” – October, 2022

This entire workshop was beyond my expectations!! I learned so much valuable information and was engaged throughout the entire presentation. Glenn Duncan should be the only one allowed to teach this course, as he can knowledge beyond his years. I wish Glenn Duncan could be every professional’s supervisor, as he is spot on. I love the information displayed during our breaks.” – July, 2022

“Glenn is simply one of the most knowledgeable and effective teachers I have ever encountered. He is brilliant, his knowledge is pertinent and up to date and he is so funny that your mind never has a second to wander. I learn so much when I take one of his workshops.” – July, 2022

“The most useful part of this course was the combination of comprehensive information, and how it was delivered. Glenn was enthusiastic and informative. He had endless informative examples and was ready to answer any questions that came up.” – April, 2022

Glenn presents the material in a knowledgeable way and provides amazing clarity to guidelines that can be confusing. I always look forward to his trainings and find them highly applicable. He is also approachable to ask questions and I feel individual needs are met in addition to the basic training material.” – February, 2022

“Glenn is literally the best instructor ever as he effectively uses his sense of humor and knowledge so that i actually retain the information. He keeps me very interested in the subject matter.” – November, 2021

“I chose this [Harm Reduction] course because it’s a topic to which I have a very visceral reaction and I wanted to challenge myself. I’m so happy that I did challenge myself. I realized that I thought I knew what encompasses harm reduction, but having more education about what good harm reduction means was a real game changer.” – August, 2021

Workshop Timed Outline:

8:30 am – Zoom webinar opens for attendees to enter, workshop begins at 9 a.m.

    9:00am – Definitions (10 minutes)

    1. 1. Definitions of Addiction, Recovery and Harm Reduction.

      9:10am – Overview of Harm Reduction (20 minutes)

    3. 1. History of harm reduction.

    4. 2. Helping to understand just what is harm reduction.

      9:30am – Successful and Less Successful Attempts at Harm Reduction (45 minutes)

    6. 1. Naloxone – A harm reduction case study.

    7. 2. The starting point and history of naloxone.

    8. 3. Routes of naloxone administration.

    9. 4. Positives and negatives of what naloxone does.

    10. 5. Less successful harm reduction strategies: Medicinal Marijuana to stop Opioid Overdoses and South Dakota methamphetamine campaign.

      10:15am – (15 Minute morning break)
      10:30am – Principles of Harm Reduction (45 minutes)

    12. 1. 8 principles of harm reduction.

    13. 2. Harm reduction strategies – compassionate stance.

    14. 3. Harm reduction strategies – pragmatic stance.

    15. 4. Differences between the two HR stances.

    16. 5. Criticisms of harm reduction.

      11:15am – Diagnosing and Assessing using the ASAM 4 Criteria and DSM-5 diagnostic criteria using a harm reduction lens. (45 minutes)

    18. 1. Brief overview and purpose of the ASAM 4 criteria.

    19. 2. The principles of the ASAM 4 criteria.

    20. 3. ASAM 4 criteria dimensions and assessment considerations.

    21. 4. DSM-5-TR diagnostic criteria for substance use disorders.

    22. 5. Differing criteria with stimulants, opioids and sedative/hypnotics.

    23. 6. Using the DSM and ASAM criteria using a harm reduction lens small group exercise.

      12 pm – Lunch (on your own)
      12:30pm – Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Strategies (30 minutes)

    25. 1. Therapies commonly associated with harm reduction.

    26. 2. Atheroetical harm reduction counseling strategies.

    27. 3. Stages of Change in the harm reduction lens.

    28. 4. Motivational interviewing in the harm reduction lens.

      1:00 pm – Myths and Realities of Harm Reduction (30 minutes)

    30. 1. 5 myths surrounding harm reduction work and the reality behind each myth.

      1:30 pm – (15 minute afternoon break)
      1:45 pm – Harm Reduction Clinical Tenets (45 minutes)

    32. 1. 14 things all clinicians should embody when doing harm reduction work.

      2:30 pm – Harm Reduction FAQ (30 minutes)

    34. 1. Harm reduction FAQ section.

    35. 2. Question/Answer Period.


      3 PM – Question and answer period, instructions on how to obtain PDF of certificate of completion.

    $129 Early Registration per workshop day (by 08/12/24)
    $150 Late Registration per workshop day (from 08/13/24 – 08/24/24)

    Target Audience:

    Substance Use Counselors, Clinical Directors, Professional Counselors, Social Workers, DMHAS Licensed Facilities and Case Managers.


    Frequently Asked Questions

    1) Which licensures are these clock hours approved for?

    This course is NBCC approved thus it is good for LPCs, LACs, LCADCs, CADCs, LMFTs and LAMFTs. Harm Reduction: From Principles to Practice, Course #4943, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by Advanced Counselor Training, LLC as an individual course. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 05/03/2023 – 05/03/2025. Social workers completing this course receive 5 clinical continuing education credits.

    2) Will this workshop only be held as a live, interactive webinar?

    The pandemic has shown us that live, interactive webinars provide us with the ease of being able to do continuing education remotely. We plan to go back to offering these workshops in both interactive webinar and live workshops formats. However, we will only do go back to live workshops when it is safe to do so, and when we feel enough people would support coming out to a live in-person workshop.

    3) If the workshop is presented in both a live, interactive webinar and as an in-person training, will this workshop be offered in a hybrid fashion (e.g., open to either those attending in person or via webinar simultaneously)?

    No! We currently do not have approval for the hybrid format, nor are we seeking approval for the hybrid format. Therefore, the entire workshop must be taken either as a live, interactive webinar or as an in-person live workshop, and will only be offered as such.