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Webinar: Introduction to Harm Reduction and Assessment
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Webinar: Introduction to Harm Reduction and Assessment

This webinar will define the principles of Harm Reduction and explore its applications, including the use of assessment as a tool to guide the establishment of self-identified goals and how to achieve them.

2/11/2019
When: 2/11/2019
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: United States
Presenter: Susie Kowalsky, MA, LCPC
Contact: Lee Ann Griffin
(850) 878-2196

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Harm Reduction developed from people who use drugs supporting each other to make healthier choices into a service philosophy. This philosophy goes beyond syringe exchange services and prioritizes an individual’s self-assessment in establishing treatment needs, goals, and the strategies they will pursue. Harm Reduction Psychotherapy is a client-centered approach that emphasizes the importance of self-identified goals and celebrates incremental progress. Harm Reduction expands upon existing ideas of substance use by incorporating the concepts of Drug, Set, and Setting. This framework promotes assessment and treatment based on a holistic conceptualization of a person who uses drugs by considering the substance they use, biological factors, and their social environment. Based on this framework, Patt Denning and Jeannie Little developed the Multidisciplinary Assessment Profile (MAP) to outline the key dimensions of a person’s life to consider when assisting them with behavior change around their substance use. This webinar will define the principles of Harm Reduction and explore its applications, including the use of assessment as a tool to guide the establishment of self-identified goals and how to achieve them.

Who should attend?
This webinar is designed for clinicians, clinical supervisors, program managers, prevention agencies, community coalitions and executives in substance abuse and mental health agencies, Managing Entities and DCF program staff.

Presented by:
Susie Kowalsky, MA, LCPC is Co-Owner/Founder of Roots Counseling & Training Solutions. Susie has conducted regional and national trainings for the National Health Care for the Homeless Council on trauma-informed care, trauma therapy, harm reduction, integrated co-occurring treatment, motivational interviewing, and evidence-based clinical interventions. She also provides case consultation and supervision toward licensure. Susie has ten years of direct clinical experience, working to address issues related to complex trauma, dissociative disorders, substance use, serious and persistent mental illness, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation and sexual health, chronic health conditions, multiple co-morbidities, and systemic oppression. Susie received an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Colorado and is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. She has worked for Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbian and Gays (PFLAG), Evergreen Psychotherapy Center: Attachment Treatment & Training Institute, and is currently the Team Leader for Thresholds’ Substance Use Treatment program in Chicago, Illinois.

 
CEUs:
2 Continuing Education Units/Contact Hours are provided for this event
Florida Certification Board Approved Education Provider, #001-A
Florida Board of Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Provider #50-676
Florida Board of Nursing Provider #50-676