2018: Harm Reduction in the House: Collective Care


Harm Reduction in the House 2018: Collective Care

UIC Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted, Chicago
8:15 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. – Wednesday, October 3, 2018
The 8th annual Harm Reduction in the House conference will take place on the 3rd of October 2018

Last year, we focused on resisting the current political landscape that threatens the very core of our work. Together at this conference, we came together as a creative community to build resourceful resistance for us to continue our work as we’ve always done and brave the oncoming storm. This year, we deepen our focus on collective care strategies that can support the people we serve and each other.

This annual conference focuses 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. Over the years we have expanded our harm reduction conversations to include other services and providers who help to enable the stability of people in housing.

The theme for this year’s conference is Collective Care. We often hear about the importance of self-care in doing this difficult work. But self-care isn’t enough, we need collective care. This means not just taking responsibility for our own well-being, but taking care of each other. Humans are social creatures that exist interdependently. We need to support one another not only through the tough times, but in our daily work as well. At this conference, we will learn about innovative programs and strategies used to improve our communities, with a focus on the ways we are caring for each other. Please join us for a day of Collective Care!

 Registration is open now! Click here to register!



Bringing Safe Consumption Spaces to Chicago

Presented by: Erica Ernst,LCSW, RDDP, EMT-P, CADC and Geoff Bathje, PhD

Cut it Out: Harm Reduction Strategies for Self-Harm

Presented by: Kimber Brightheart LCSW

Panel: Engaging Law Enforcement to Implement Community Harm Reduction Outreach Programs

Panelists: Chelsea Laliberte, Judge Christopher Stride, State Attorney Mike Neirheim, and Gabriela Zapata-Alma LCSW, CADC

Violence Reduction: Moving Communities Toward Healing Centered Care

Panelists: Quintin Williams, Floyd, Stafford, Jacqueline Summerville-White, Keith Lewis, Marlon Chamberlain.

What’s Red Got to do with it? Building Conservative Champions for Harm Reduction

Presented by: Sarah Ziegenhorn, Jonathan Birdsall, Vanessa Fields, and Tiffany Carter (Iowa Harm Reduction Coalition)

Psychedelic Harm Reduction and Integration in the Community

Presented by: Vilmarie Narloch PsyD., and Geoff Bathje PhD.

Integrating Harm Reduction Counseling Services into Existing Organizations

Presented by: Geoff Bathje PhD., Ben Wegner MA., and Cynthia Northington, MSNM

Self-Care Meets Collective Care: Supporting Participants, Colleagues, and Ourselves

Presented by: Jessica Kalvig

How the Sex Trafficking Moral Panic Has Increased Harm to Sex Workers

Presented by: Danielle Bastian LCSW., and Emily Kissner MA.










For questions, comments, or concerns, please email MHRI@heartlandalliance.org