In-Person

Our in-person events include presentations, exercises, videos, group discussion, and case studies designed to respond to a mix of learning styles. We develop our content and co-facilitate with people who use drugs and local partners. We will work with your organization to tailor existing workshops or develop content based on your needs. Depending on staff size, we offer in-house training, or we support you to plan a Local or RegionalNetworking Event with other allied services in your area. Examples of OHRN workshops:

 

Drug Use Stigma and Stereotypes (half-day) 

Participants will gain a better understanding of the negative effects of stigma on people that use drugs and/or have HIV or Hep C. We will: 

  • Reflect on the how stigma and stereotypes are generated.
  • Examine ways in which access to and provision of services can be affected.
  • Consider ways to reduce stigma and improve the well-being of people that use drugs:

Drug Use Stigma and Harm Reduction (full-day)
Participants will gain a better understanding of the negative effects of stigma on people that use drugs and/or have HIV or Hep C. We will:  

  • Reflect on the how stigma and stereotypes are generated.
  • Examine ways in which access to and provision of services can be affected.
  • Consider ways to reduce stigma and improve the well-being of people that use drugs.
  • We will examine the philosophy and practice of harm reduction, including looking at some different harm reduction programs as well as individual risk reduction strategies people may incorporate into their lives.

Substances Overview (half-day)
Participants will gain a better understanding about commonly used drugs (or specific substances if requested). We will:

  • Discuss terminology such as “street drugs” and “party drugs” and various drug names.
  • Examine data about who is using what.
  • Learn how certain drugs work in our bodies, how they are taken, and specific risk reduction strategies.

Introduction to Substance Use (full-day)
We aim to increase participants’ understanding of substance use so that they can better support people in their lives who may use substances, including clients, friends and family. We will:

  • Think about reasons people may or may not use substances.
  • Look at the continuum of use and consider the stages of change.
  • Learn about the different methods of taking substances and associated benefits and risks.
  • Examine our own attitudes, values and beliefs and briefly consider drug related stigma.

Trans Awareness: From the Basics to Beyond (half or full-day)


Participants will be better aware of how to be trans inclusive by increasing participants’ understanding of terms, definitions, and issues impacting the transgendered/transsexual community. We will:

  • Learn new language inclusive of trans clients.
  • Understand the social determinants of health for trans clients.
  • Learn HIV/Harm Reduction issues specific to trans clients.
  • Develop strategies for reducing barriers for trans clients who wish to access services.

Networking Events


Networking Events are designed to connect service providers in specific regions and build the capacity of workers and organizations to work from a harm reduction framework. Find out more.

Contact us to organize an in-person event.