Next Generation Harm Reduction

We believe in compassionate, trauma-informed care & safety protocols that are rooted in the principles of harm reduction and sustainability. NEST delivers this model to events and companies, leadership teams, first responders, compassionate care providers and communities at large through formal trainings, consulting, program management, and direct support and integration services.

BUILDING YOUR NEST

Every time a work space is created and every time a worker comes in contact with a customer or client, NEST principles are needed. There is always an opportunity to improve awareness, preparedness, health and safety infrastructure, real-time crisis response skills, and post-incident integration so that all participants know how to compassionately and sustainably care for themselves and others.

Working with NEST means:

  • Comprehensive Training – tailored wellness-based and trauma-informed trainings for leaders, teams, and professional harm reductionists

  • Holistic Wellness – science-based programs that support physical, emotional, and psychological safety

  • Professional Support – networks and process groups for teams experiencing challenges, and for care providers on the front lines of secondary trauma

  • Infrastructure – organizational and administrative framework for successful, safe, and compliant programs and events

  • Conscious Connection – an open-minded framework where all feelings and feedback are valid

  • Longevity for All – our core practices address burnout and liability, from the individual to the corporation

Whether you are a company looking to implement safety and wellness protocols and trainings, a live event implementing direct-care services, a compassionate care provider in need of support, or a current or aspiring harm reduction professional looking for training and job opportunities, our NEST is your NEST.

OUR VALUES

NEST is a no-judgment zone. From our NEST locations on-site at events to our process groups, all feelings, feedback and experiences are welcome and valid.

We strongly believe education is a pathway to empowerment and resiliency. Our trainings and our care models support individuals in making the best personal and community-based decisions.

We cannot do what we do successfully without taking on full partnership with our clients and communities. We become a key stakeholder for your best interests.

A healthy organization, educated staff, and well-trained compassionate care providers are the pillars of personal and professional sustainability.

NEST is built upon the principle of collaboration over competition. We believe that there is room enough for everyone and that each player in the harm reduction industry has a significant and beneficial role to play.

WHAT IS HARM REDUCTION?

Broadly speaking, harm reduction is any action or process that specifically creates more physical, emotional or psychological safety while accounting for and addressing the needs of the overall organization or community. 

Harm reduction principles also encourage people to be better informed of the risks of their behavior and the impact that behavior has on others. 

Some common forms of community-based harm reduction include:

  • Speed limits and speed bumps
  • Seat belt regulations
  • Wearing ear plugs at a loud concert
  • Unbiased, science-based information around the potential risks of drug use

Harm reduction also includes psychological and environmental efforts. In these cases, the steps we take to ensure safety include creating emotionally safe, open environments where communication and trust can occur – whether that’s in a workplace, a process group, or a public event.

The harm reduction movement is based in compassion, dignity and self-determination. These values must be instilled in all human services, large and small.”

– Erica Siegal LCSW, NEST Founder

NEST: Taking Meaningful Action in Organizations

While organizations like The Harm Reduction Coalition narrowly define harm reduction as a set of strategies aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use, NEST and many public service organizations apply the principles more broadly.

We are dedicated to helping organizations and events reduce any kind of harm that can occur during times of extreme stress where there is heightened risk of traumatization. We strive to create trauma-informed leaders, workplaces and communities at large.

We believe that reducing harm for everyone increases the overall wellness of our communities and selves.

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