Harm Reduction – From Principles to Practice

Workshop Overview

COVID-19 UPDATE: As restrictions on indoor activities begin to allow for in-person trainings, our summer offerings will remain live, interactive webinars. As things return to normal in the post-pandemic timeframe, Advanced Counselor Training will continue providing 3 trainings of this topic per year. Spring and Fall trainings will be live, in-person trainings, and the summer will always now be live, interactive webinars. This workshop is scheduled as a live, interactive webinar using the Zoom platform. This will allow opportunity to participate in this workshop for those who cannot or do not want to travel to Tinton Falls, NJ location, and for those preferring the interactive webinar as their format of choice moving forward. We will be starting this practice with this summer’s live, interactive webinar workshop and hopefully by the fall we will be back to live, in-person workshops. However, live, in-person workshops will only resume when it is safe to do so. If you are good with proceeding in this webinar format, then please feel free to register today!
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 instructor was awesome and really made the training fun. Great information and very enjoyable, even as a webinar over Zoom!” – April, 2020
“Thank you for making it feel like we were with a real person, not a webinar-bot. It was the best webinar presentation in last 51 days of social isolation, and I have done lots of webinars.” – April, 2020
“An amazing distribution of information!” – May, 2020 (and yes that is actual feedback from a webinar participant).
“Glenn was engaging and very interactive. This was probably the best web based CE I have attended and I really appreciate how enthusiastic the presenter was to keep us engaged.” – September, 2020
“I’ve been licensed since 1998, and this was the most informative and entertaining workshop I’ve attended!!” – March, 2021

Harm Reduction – From Principles to Practice

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 3, 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 Date:

August 2, 2021
Workshop hours: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Workshop Location:

Live Interactive Webinar using the Zoom Platform

Registration Information:

August 2, 2021 Brochure

Register for August 2, 2021

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 and ASAM 3 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.


Feedback From Previous Workshop Participants of this Workshop:

“One of the best informational workshops I have ever attended! Fantastic!”

“The instructor was awesome and really made the training fun. Great information and very enjoyable, even as a webinar over Zoom!”

“This lecture provided up to date research on the topic of Opioids that is critical to our field. The instructor was very dynamic, and his use of humor helped keep me engaged throughout the entire training!”


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). Social Workers: Harm Reduction – From Principles to Practice, has a pending application both as a live, interactive webinar AND a live workshop from the ASWB. As soon as we hear back we will provide updated notification on this page.

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.

Course Content Level:

Social Workers: Course content for this conference is intermediate level.

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.

Workshop Components:

8:30am – Sign in/Morning Coffee Station
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 3 Criteria and DSM-5 diagnostic criteria using a harm reduction lens. (1.25 hours)

  18. 1. Brief overview and purpose of the ASAM 3 criteria.

  19. 2. The principles of the ASAM 3 criteria.

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

  21. 4. DSM-5 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.

    12:30pm – Lunch (on your own)
    1:30pm – Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Strategies (1 hour)

  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.

    2:30pm – (15 minute afternoon break)
    2:45pm – Myths and Realities of Harm Reduction (15 minutes)

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

    3:00pm – Harm Reduction Clinical Tenets (15 minutes)

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

    3:15pm – Harm Reduction FAQ (15 minutes)

  34. 1. Harm reduction FAQ section.

  35. 2. Question/Answer Period.

    3:30 PM – Attendee Sign-out, Certificate of Completion Dissemination

5 Hour Workshop – Harm Reduction – From Principles to Practice

$129 Early Registration per workshop day (by 07/19/21)
$150 Late Registration per workshop day (from 07/20/21 – 07/31/21)

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. Social Workers: We have submitted this course for consideration of 5 contact hours through ASWB ACE.

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

Currently, we are holding all workshops as live, interactive webinars using the Zoom platform. Once it is safe and we are allowed to go back to live, in-person workshop formats, we will be holding this conference with both live, in-person options and continue to provide live, interactive webinars for those who do not want to attend a live workshop. We have held our live workshops in Tinton Falls, NJ as it is a central location allowing people access throughout the state.

3) If the workshop is presented in both a live, interactive webinar and as an in-person training, can I take this workshop in a hybrid fashion (e.g., take the webinar portion in the morning, and later attend the in-person workshop in the afternoon?)

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.