Empowering Harm Reduction Leaders
NEST’s Advanced Training is specifically designed to help increase your professional resiliency and develop new skills in empathy, compassionate care and trauma-informed crisis response. In addition to covering the basics of Harm Reduction and crisis prevention, we will explore the signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue and secondary trauma. We will also discuss how to build resilience in a stressful work environments, how to reconnect to your community and we will engage in exercises in mindfulness, self-compassionate and authentic expression.
Who Should Take This Course
- Harm Reduction Professionals
- Mental Health Professionals
- Anyone working on the frontlines of trauma who is interested in growing their skillset in providing care while maintaining self-care
What You Will Walk Away With
Critical Perspective – Unbiased, accurate information about mind-altering substances
Practical Application – Real, actionable tools for supporting someone who is having an emotional crisis
Direct Service Skills – Techniques and training in de-escalation and other direct services/responses
Self-Awareness – Better understanding of your authentic self so that you can be in integrity when serving others
Professional Longevity – Tools and self-care exercises that build professional and personal resilience in a field that encounters secondary trauma regularly.
Join NEST training programs to become a more compassionate, connected and prepared harm reductionist.
Course & Program Detail
This 3 hour/half-day workshop is only available in person. We will provide an overview of Harm Reduction principles and a history of direct services and the evolution into NEST. We will explore the similarities and differences of traumatized states and substance-induced altered states. We will discuss techniques for improving work/life balance, how to address vicarious trauma that can deeply affect care providers. We will engage in experiential scenarios that explore identity and authenticity, as well as practical scenarios for working in crisis response.
Subjects That May Be Covered
- Harm Reduction Principles
- Direct Services Options
- Drugs, Psychedelics and Other Altering Substances
- Trauma-Informed Community Principles
- In Depth STICC Training – NEST’s proprietary training format which stands for Sustainable, Trauma-Informed Compassionate Care, for Harm Reduction Workers and First Responders.
- Patience Practice
- In Depth Experiential Scenarios, Including:
- Sexual/Physical Assault
- Domestic Violence
- Bystander Intervention
- Other Emergency Scenarios
- Importance of Integration & Aftercare
Prerequisites & Qualifications
In order to join us for this training, you must:
- Be over the age of 18
- Have professional or volunteer experience in a helping industry (mental health, hospice care, foster care, teaching, nursing, etc.
All applicants will be screened and vetted prior to enrollment acceptance.