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Webinar: Harm Reduction, Substance Use and Infectious Disease Prevention During Crisis
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Webinar: Harm Reduction, Substance Use and Infectious Disease Prevention During Crisis

 Export to Your Calendar 11/16/2020
When: Monday, November 16, 2020
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: United States
Presenter: James Kowalsky, AM
Contact: Corina Hill
(850) 878-2196

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The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened awareness of public health and safety concerns and strategies to reduce the spread of infectious diseases. The crisis presents new barriers to service engagement, access to resources and community connections - all of which pose risk for relapse, increased substance use, overdose or unsafe substance use practices. Harm reduction interventions offer crucial risk reduction strategies that promote individual and public safety in terms of both substance use and infectious disease. This webinar will explore harm reduction approaches to help build awareness of risk factors, prevent drug-related harms and facilitate connection to maximize public safety during the pandemic. 
 

Who Should Attend?

This webinar is designed for clinicians, behavioral health professionals, clinical supervisors, program managers, Certified Recovery Support Specialists (CRSS), Certified Recovery Peer Specialists (CRPS), supportive housing and employment specialists, SOAR specialists, care coordinators and executives in substance abuse and mental health agencies, Managing Entities, and DCF program staff.

Presented by:

James Kowalsky is the Project Director for a SAMHSA-funded grant to prevent prescription drug and opioid overdose deaths at the Illinois Department of Human Services, in the Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery. He serves as the Drug Overdose Prevention Program Coordinator and provides support to Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution (OEND) providers throughout the state of Illinois. Since 2013, James has been providing training and technical assistance to organizations adapting their practices to incorporate Harm Reduction, Housing First, Motivational Interviewing, and Trauma-Informed Care. James and his wife Susie provide training and consultation through their company Practice for Progress. James is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). He received a Master of Arts degree from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. James is committed to promoting a shift in public policy and service delivery that is characterized by acceptance and respect for people who use drugs, have a substance use disorder, or are in recovery.

 

CEUs:

Up to 2.0 Continuing Education Units/Contact Hours are provided at no cost for individuals meeting the attendance requirements and complete the training evaluation.
Florida Certification Board Approved Education Provider, #A-001
Florida Board of Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Provider #50-676
Florida Board of Nursing Provider #50-676
Florida Board of Psychology #50-628