Ontario HIV and Substance Use Training Program

Results are listed by the date they were added. Some of the resources listed below will be general in nature; others will be more specific.

  • Women-Specific Harm Reduction Half-full day (20-60 participants) Participants will gain a better understanding of the relationships between women, drug use and harm reduction. We will: Discuss women and their relationship to drug use; Examine women specific harm reduction strategies; Consider how stigma can create barriers to service for woman that use drugs.
  • Trans and HIV Half-full day (20-60 participants) We will: examine terms, definitions, and issues impacting the transgendered/transsexual community; Learn new language inclusive of trans clients; Understand the social determinants of health for trans clients and links to HIV; Develop strategies for reducing barriers for trans clients accessing services.
  • Substances Overview Half-day (20-60 participants) Participants will gain a better understanding of commonly used drugs (or specific substances if requested). We will: Discuss terminology such as “street drugs” and “party drugs” and various drug names; Examine drug use; Learn how certain drugs work in our bodies, how they are taken, and specific risk ...
  • Safer Injection Equipment (handout) A quick reference handout explaining the what, why and how of each piece of safer crack use equipment.
  • Safer Crack Use Equipment (handout) A quick reference handout explaining the what, why and how of each piece of safer crack use equipment.
  • Introduction to Substance Use Full-day (20-60 participants) aiming to increase participants’ understanding of substance use. We will: Think about the range of substances and reasons people may or may not use; Look at the continuum of use and the stages of change; Learn about different methods of administration and associated benefits and risks; Examine our own attitudes and values ...
  • HIV/AIDS 201 Full-day workshop (20-60 participants) covering what the HIV virus; how it works in the body; disease progression and treatments; accurate information on transmission, prevention and testing. We explore the impact of stigma on people living with HIV and touch on legal and disclosure issues. Typically includes a person with lived experience.
  • Hepatitis C and HIV Co-infection 1-2 hours (20-60 participants) We will: cover what the Hepatitis C virus; how it works in the body; disease progression and treatments; accurate information on transmission, prevention and testing. We briefly look at special considerations for people co-infected with HIV.
  • Effective Condom Use (handout) A quick reference handout explaining the most effective steps for condom use.
  • Drug Use Stigma, Stereotypes, and Harm Reduction Full-day (20-60 participants) We will: Reflect on how stigma and stereotypes are generated; Examine ways in which access to services can be affected; Consider ways to reduce stigma and improve the well-being of people that use drugs; Examine the philosophy and practice of harm reduction, including examples of harm reduction programs and individual risk reduction ...
  • Drug Use Stigma and Stereotypes Half-day (20-60 participants) Participants will gain a better understanding of the negative effects of stigma on people that use drugs; Reflect on how stigma and stereotypes are generated; Examine ways in which access to services can be affected; Consider ways to reduce stigma and improve the well-being of people that use drugs. Includes self-reflective exercises.
  • Best Practices: Injection Drug Use Equipment and Supplies 90 minute webinar (pre-recorded or offered live once a year) Developed for people working in harm reduction programs such as needle exchanges or outreach teams that are distributing and/or exchanging equipment with people who are injecting drugs or smoking crack cocaine.
  • Best Practice: Crack Smoking Equipment and Supplies 90 minute webinar (pre-recorded or offered live once a year). Developed for people working in harm reduction programs such as needle exchanges or outreach teams that are distributing and/or exchanging equipment with people who are injecting drugs or smoking crack cocaine.
  • Advanced Harm Reduction 90 minute webinar (pre-recorded or offered live once a year) We cover: Concepts around being ‘second on the needle’; Women-centred harm reduction issues; Risk reduction tips for clients who are using drugs; Concerns with cocaine adulterants; What legal issues you should be aware of when distributing harm reduction equipment; Overdose prevention and response; Other resources