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Online Training Institute

Welcome to the Online Training Institute! As part of our training and capacity building resources, we’ve prioritized developing online tools that are accessible to people across the country to support self-paced learning for all skill levels. We have heard from providers that due to time, cost, and geographic distances that it isn’t always possible to access training resources, especially for new staff who are starting in a fast-paced environment. We offer these online modules to supplement and support training new team members and community stakeholders in the basics.

Online Courses

Our first three online training modules focus on the core of harm reduction principles, approaches, and strategies. Our team worked with providers and community members to develop the content of the training, including the photos and video vignettes. These videos are intended to build a foundation of understanding for people who are newer to harm reduction work. While the online training modules can be taken in any order, we recommend starting with the Foundations of Harm Reduction to enhance the understanding of Overdose Prevention and Engaging with People Who Use Drugs.


Foundations of Harm Reduction

By the end of this course, you'll have a basic foundation of the harm reduction approach to drug use and sex work and how to apply the principles of harm reduction in every day work.

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Engaging People Who Use Drugs

By the end of this course, you'll have a foundation in understanding the harm reduction approach, how stigma impacts access and engagement in services, and practical strategies you can adopt to promote effective communication with people who use drugs.

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Overdose Prevention & Response

By the end of this course, you'll have a basic foundation of opioid overdose risks and strategies to reduce overdose in your community.

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For questions relating to the Online Training Institute please contact training [@] harmreduction.org 

A special thank you to HIV Education and Prevention Project of Alameda County, San Francisco Drug Users Union, and Homeless Youth Alliance for your participation. All video is produced by Greg Scott of Sawbuck Films unless otherwise noted. 

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