Harm Reduction Support & Staffing

NEST is a Southern California based harm reduction training, consulting and direct care provider serving events, communities and workers on the frontlines of secondary trauma. NEST provides strategic consulting services for events at any scale, and a proprietary compassionate care training model to providers, operators and the public. 

We are dedicated to building, teaching, and implementing sustainable harm reduction principles across industries worldwide.

We have a dedicated team of licensed mental health providers, trauma-informed harm reductionists and event production professionals who are committed to creating a more sustainable work environment and an overall safer, more successful event.

Interested in joining the NEST team as harm reduction staff at our events? Apply HERE.

Our Values

Increase Wellness, Reduce Liability

We are equally adept at navigating the needs of attendees at large music festivals as we are providing white glove services at private events where a light touch approach is desired by an intimate community. NEST will provide a consistent level of care and professionalism to each project, regardless of size, location and type of event.

NEST offers pre-event and on-site services and trainings that address the most common and the most serious issues that impact events:

  • Assault, Harassment, Sexual Assault

  • Crisis & Emergency Scenarios

  • Liaise with Local Medical & Security

  • Altered States & Substance Use

  • Staff Burnout & Compassion Fatigue

  • Mental Health Consultation

Our event consulting, on-site services, and trainings are highly effective at mitigating traumatic outcomes, minimizing risk, and increasing overall satisfaction. We can provide:

  • Preparedness Trainings for Staff and Crew

  • Crisis Response Protocols

  • Harm Reduction Event Staffing

  • Direct Care Services to Guests & Staff

  • Collaboration with Law Enforcement Agencies & Other Safety Teams

  • Compassionate Leadership Training

Interested in NEST services for your event or production? Please fill out this form:

EVENT SERVICES INQUIRY

Interested in working with NEST at events? Apply here:

EVENT STAFFING INQUIRY

Our Events Team

Under the seasoned leadership of NEST founder Erica Siegal, our events program is guided by an experienced and talented team with decades of combined experience in the field and at the forefront of trauma-informed safety and wellness services.

Bryan Griffith, Events Specialist

Bryan (he/him) brings decades of professional experience in corporate training, small business management and hospitality to the NEST events team.  Bryan was introduced to the harm reduction community in 2015 at Burning Man and has been committed to providing safe space and harm reduction services to events, parties and communities large and small.  Bryan helps manage the logistics and operations for NEST’s community outreach, public and private events.  He has been working as a night attendant on the MAPS phase 3 clinical trials utilizing MDMA to treat treatment resistant PTSD.  As artist, creator and enthusiast at heart, Bryan is a warm and welcoming presence at NEST.

Maria Katrina (Kat), Event Specialist

Kat (she/her) joined the NEST team in November of 2019.  Kat is a trauma-informed Registered Nurse with a Master of Science in Nurse Education and has a strong background in acute care, hospital administration, and event healthcare services including first-aid, medical triage, and psychedelic harm reduction & integration.

Kat has worked on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic as a nurse and witnessed the extreme trauma and moral injury that our healthcare providers have endured. In addition to caring for patients and their loved ones through their most vulnerable moments in hospital environments over the past several years, Kat has increasingly aspired to step away from traditional forms of nursing.  She is pursuing more opportunities in learning about the therapeutic value of non-ordinary states of consciousness and working towards more progressive treatment modalities that will help improve the mental well-being of our communities and beyond.

More recently, Kat has been following her passions by providing direct care to clients undergoing ketamine therapy at several psychiatric clinics in the Los Angeles area, facilitating virtual peer support groups for healthcare providers experiencing moral injury & compassion fatigue, as well as offering harm reduction services and emotional support at private events around the world.

FROM THE NEST COMMUNITY

“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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