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Harm Reduction

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Course overview

This course has been developed for employees who require the skills and knowledge to support individuals with harm reduction strategies, in relation to substance misuse. The course will take an in depth look at some of the substances commonly misused by individuals and the effects that these can have on the person, the barriers people may face to becoming substance free and the interventions and treatment options available to support the individual. 
The course will discuss ways in which harm can be minimised whilst the individual is using substances or is in the treatment stage. By the end of the session, learners will have a good understanding of the cycle of change in order to help rebuild resilience and understand the stages that individuals go through in substance misuse and recovery.     
This course is delivered using a range of methods and resources including:
Scenarios, case studies, group discussions and small group activities.  
This course has been developed and mapped to:
NHS Harm Reduction Strategy 

Drug Strategy 2017

NICE Guidelines: Tackling Drug Use
And the following QCF unit:
Principles of Safeguarding and Protection in Health and Social Care

Course content

What is safer injecting?
Needle exchanges
Harm minimisation techniques for cocaine and heroin users
What is Methadone and how does it work?
Methadone used as a harm reduction approach
The risk of overdose and how to reduce it
Treatment options
Understanding the cycle of change to help rebuild resilience and increase understanding from staff 

Learning outcomes

Explain what is meant by safer injecting and elaborate on guidelines around this 
Describe the concept of needle exchange and its purpose 
Outline what methadone is and explain its effects on the individual 
List the risk factors for overdose
List factors that can help in the reduction of an individual overdosing 
Describe different treatment options that are available 
Describe the cycle of change


6 hours

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