Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction

    • Welcome

    • Learning Objectives

    • Pre-Test

  • 2

    Why Do People Use Drugs?

    • Why Do People Use Drugs?

    • Examples

    • Reflection: Why do people use drugs?

  • 3

    Social Context of Drug Use

    • Drug, Set, and Setting

    • Reflection: Just Stop

    • Why People "Don't Just Stop" Using Drugs

    • Reflection: Society and Drug Use

    • Competing Needs and Concerns

    • Stigma and Drug Use

    • Key Elements of Drug Related Stigma

    • Intersection of Stigma, Inequality, and Social Determinants

    • Reflection: Minimizing and Challenging Stigma

  • 4

    Harm Reduction Approaches to Working with People Who Use Drugs

    • Why Harm Reduction?

    • Harm Reduction Prnciples

    • Applying the Principles

    • Terrell: Harm Reduction Saved My Life

  • 5

    Practical Strategies for Engaging People Who Use Drugs

    • Providing Effective Services

    • Open Communication

    • Changing the Language around Labels and Behavior

    • Nonverbal Communication

    • Reflection: Nonverbal Communication

    • How to Talk About Drug Use

    • Open-ended Questions

    • Take Your Time

    • Discussing Perceived Risk

    • Sense of Control

    • Promoting Ongoing Engagement

    • Reflection: Communication and Engagement

  • 6

    Community Engagement

    • Approach to Outreach

    • Outreach and Engagement

    • Tips from Outreach Workers in Maryland

    • Participant Needs

    • Referral Networks

    • Research, Reflect, Connect

    • Population-specific Considerations

    • Community Needs

    • Reflection: Community Needs

    • Law Enforcement

    • Reflection: Law Enforcement

    • Addressing Common Concerns

    • Discussion

  • 7

    Closing

    • Post-Test

    • Outreach and Engagement of People Who Use Drugs Feedback

    • Outreach and Engagement of People Who Use Drugs Feedback

    • Conclusion