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Understanding Harm Reduction as a way to Enhance Treatment Outcomes


The philosophy and implementation of harm reduction strategies is an emerging approach that is effective in engaging people who use drugs.  Harm reduction is not a new concept.  These approaches have been used for some time as effective strategies for other areas or health and wellness such as the management of chronic health conditions like diabetes and depression.  This webinar will begin to explore how we can utilize harm reduction strategies to support people who use drugs and more effectively address and treat addiction.  We will discuss the wide spectrum of harm reduction strategies that support the mantra of meeting people “where they are” with compassion and humility.  We will discuss and provide specific skills and approaches to implementing harm reduction strategies into existing practices.


At the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the philosophy of harm reduction.
  2. Demonstrate how harm reduction supports health equity and health engagement and enhance patient and client retention.
  3. Develop specific harm reduction approaches that can be integrated into their existing practice to help support people with substance use disorders.
  4. Demonstrate how harm reduction approaches and philosophies are a support to people in recovery, enhance engagement in treatment and can elevate the effectiveness of existing evidenced based practices.


Professionals in the Behavior Health field


Nicholas Szubiak, MSW, LCSW

Nick brings more than 20 years of experience in direct service, administration, and clinical experience to the healthcare field. He is the Principal of NSI Consulting, an organization that provides support to integrated healthcare environments. Nick is the former Assistant Vice-President of Addiction and Recovery at the National Council for Behavioral Health. He has provided technical assistance, consultation and training toward bi-directional integration of behavioral health and primary care, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), SBIRT, measurement-based care, and population health management. His experience includes MAT implementation, FQHC integration models and partnerships, trauma-informed care, recovery-oriented systems of care, health homes, and developing high-functioning teams to provide integrated care to the communities they serve. His expertise also involves systems change management, leadership development, and supervisory skills. Nick is known for his heartfelt presentations and has sat on various expert panels, partnering with many organizations as a subject matter expert. Nick is an adjunct professor at the University of Hawaii, Myron B. Thomas School of Social Work. He earned his master’s degree in Social Work from Rutgers University.         


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Starts: Apr. 11, 2024 11:00 am
Ends: Apr. 11, 2024 12:30 pm
Registration Deadline
April 9, 2024
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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