Project Description

Empowering Harm Reduction Leaders

NEST’s Harm Reduction Training works to create a more trauma-informed compassionate community for your professional teams and event attendees.  We provide education around substance use, psychedelics, harm reduction techniques, crisis response and the importance of integration. We tailor our trainings to meet the needs of your event, providing the most current and useful information to be disseminated to our audiences. 

Who Should Take This Course

  • Event Production Professionals (Guest Services, Artist Relations, Safety and Security Teams, Production Leadership)
  • Government Officials and Agencies (Law Enforcement, Fire, Paramedics, EMTs),
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Volunteers looking for more Harm Reduction knowledge

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
  • 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.

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Course & Program Detail

This one hour training is available in person or virtually depending on the client/student scenario.  We will cover the basics of NEST’s care model, STICC training methodology, and how it can be beneficial in the workplace and for individuals in need.  We will also integrate health and safety protocols around overall wellness, compassion fatigue and professional burnout. Additionally, we cover general information about what to do in a psychological emergency and how to provide support.

Subjects That May Be Covered

  • Harm Reduction Principles
  • Direct Services Options
  • Drugs, Psychedelics and Other Altering Substances
  • Trauma-Informed Community Principles
  • STICC Overview – NEST’s proprietary training format which stands for Sustainable, Trauma-Informed Compassionate Care, for Harm Reduction Workers and First Responders.
    • Self-Care
    • Consent
    • Patience Practice
    • Escalation
    • Integration
  • Practical Information & Scenarios (may include)
    • Sexual/Physical Assault
    • Survivor’s Traumatization
    • Bystander Intervention
    • When to Escalate
  • Importance of Integration & Aftercare
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Prerequisites & Qualifications

In order to join us for this training:

  • Have a desire to learn and a willingness to explore Harm Reduction and safety principles
  • Interest in working in compassionate care, but don’t know where to begin
  • Looking to expand your knowledge around trauma, substance use, and harm reduction
  • All Ages Welcome


“Being able to provide support and services to not only attendees but also fellow staff makes the work that much more meaningful and effective. NEST is expanding the accessibility to harm reduction.”

KENNETH M., Event Staffer

“Working with Erica and her team at N.E.S.T. provides the safety and support our production team needs to get through the challenging, stressful moments to ensure a successful event.”

HEIDI PATIENCE, HR Manager, Envision Festival

“Working under an integrative wellness care model with such a diverse team of caregivers has been a refreshing, insightful experience.”

KATRINA O. RN, Care Provider

“I’ve had the privilege to work with the compassionate care providers at NEST and am constantly blown away by the level of dedication and attention they bring to the work of harm reduction. Rock on, team!”

TIMOTHY O., NEST Volunteer

“I’m so grateful for this experience. I’ve known harm reduction is my passion for a long time, and NEST created space for me to explore my potential in this field and support my community in a way that felt so RIGHT. My values are super aligned with NEST’s values, and I could see that our team was leading with our values to pull all of this off!”

SASHA F., Harm Reduction Worker

“I enthusiastically recommend this training! Erica’s presentation was clear and accessible, and she left me with tools to implement right away. Both the conceptual framework and practical guidance would be beneficial to anyone who is looking to compassionately hold space for people going through traumatic experiences – not just those working in the world of psychedelic harm reduction. I really appreciated the approach to self-care, especially the checklists and schematics for self-reflection and assessing one’s readiness to compassionately hold space for others.”

ERIKA ROSENBERG Ph.D., Founding Faculty, Compassion Institute

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