2014: ​Harm Reduction in the House: Across the Lifespan

Below is the agenda for our fourth annual Harm Reduction in the House conference:  Across the Lifespan.  Where applicable, we will link to PDFs of presentations from the conference and related resources.   Finally, if you are interested in getting in contact with one of our fabulous presenters, please follow this link to the presenter bios with contact information!

This conference will focus on the process, challenges, and advantages of creating and working in housing programs that embrace harm reduction—that is, housing that does not require abstinence from risky behaviors as the ticket for admission. Sessions will explore pragmatic applications of harm reduction with regard to substance use and a broad range of other risky behaviors in an effort to expand and deepen our understanding and application of this compassionate philosophy. Because the focus will be on tools and techniques for applying harm reduction, attendees should already be familiar with the basic principles of harm reduction.

Presentations:

Harm Reduction Strategies with People who Engage in Self-Injury
By taking a look at how our societies conceive self-injury and what presenting behaviors and functions might be, this discussion pushes us to consider safer approaches to self-harm.
Harm Reduction with People Involved in the Sex Trade
The Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP) promotes the human rights of people engaged in sex work with a focus on ending violence and stigma.  Learn about their efforts to support sex workers through education, shared resources and advocacy.
Harm Reduction with People Involved in the Criminal Justice System
Exploring the ways that people experiencing homelessness come into contact with these systems and how a harm reduction approach to legal services can result in a more effectively meeting people’s needs.

Workshops

Harm Reduction and Physical Health Concerns
Healthcare providers discuss how the harm reduction paradigm can be used to promote better health outcomes with a focus on complex health conditions, pregnancy, and trans*gender and gender non-conforming health concerns.
Substance Use Management: A Cornerstone of Harm Reduction
Tailored to case managers and direct service providers who engage with people who use drugs or alcohol. Learn about strategies for reducing potential harms related to substance use. 
Supporting Staff in a Harm Reduction Setting
Tailored to administrators and managers who provide supervision in a harm reduction oriented program an program transitioning to incorporate harm reduction into its practice.

Panels

Harm Reduction with Older Adults
As our participants age, their health needs change.  Learn about resources to support older adults and some of the specific health challenges that they face.
Eviction Prevention and Working with Landlords
Drawing from their experiences in housing administration and legal services, panelists will discuss strategies to prevent eviction and build relationships with landlords to foster partnerships that help to maintain housing stability.
Ziploc Bag Encounters: Youth and Harm Reduction
In brown bag school lunches and street outreach food lines, when making purchases on street corners and when detained by law enforcement, for better or worse, young people have numerous opportunities to encounter Ziploc bags. This panel of youth and providers will share how HR can and has been helpful in navigating the joys and tribulations of adolescence.

Closing Ceremony

We Say YEPP – ‘FACES’
The Youth Empowerment Performance Project will perform to close out the conference.  Drawing on their experiences with homelessness, YEPP provides LGBTQ youth an opportunity to address their struggles and celebrate their strength through performance.