Training

OHRN offers both in-person and online training. 

Our training and workshops consist of a mix of learning styles including presentations, exercises, videos, group discussion, and case studies. We will work with your organization to determine your needs. Whenever possible, trainings will be co-facilitated by people with lived experience. Depending on staff size, we offer in‐house training, or we support you to plan a networking event with other allied social services in your area. 

 

In-person Workshops


  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Drug-Specific Topics
  • Regional Networking Events

Available Online Trainings