Training module: HIV Basics (Biomedical Focus)

Teaching modality: Self-paced online course
Activity length: 1-2 hours per week for 6 weeks (6-8 hours total)
Target audience: Service providers working with people living with or at risk of HIV

Learning objectives:

  • Define basic terminology related to HIV.
  • Understand the context of HIV in Canada.
  • Discuss HIV transmission with accuracy.
  • Explain the tests used to diagnose HIV and describe the HIV testing process.
  • Communicate the basics of HIV treatment to clients.
  • Understand the impact of long-term HIV infection.

This course was developed by CATIE.

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Training module: HIV 101 – Harm Reduction and Social determinants focused (an Introduction)

Teaching modality:

  • User-guided online module
  • Tutorial videos and quizzes incorporating perspectives of six people from various demograpics and living throughout Ontario
  • Covers both technical aspects and human experience
  • Certificate of participation available, instructions provided at end of course

Activity length: Approximately 3 hours that can be divided into shorter segments to work with your schedule (some modules are 10 minutes others 20 minutes)

Target audience: Aimed at health and social service providers in Ontario with limited to no understanding of HIV.

Learning objectives:

  • Assist workers in supporting people who are at risk of, or who are already living with HIV
  • Gain accurate information about transmission and prevention
  • Learn about HIV/AIDS, testing, treatments, and support
  • Understand the connections between mental health, substance use, stigma and discrimination
  • Talk about sex and drugs!

This course was created by the Ontario Harm Reduction Network.

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Training module: Preventing the Sexual Transmission of HIV

Teaching modality: Self-paced online course
Activity length: 1 hour per week for 4 weeks (4 hours total)
Target audience: Service providers working with people living with or at risk of HIV

Learning objectives:

At the end of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Describe the biology of the sexual transmission of HIV.
  • Assess the risk of HIV transmission associated with different sexual activities.
  • Communicate about sexual HIV transmission risk to their clients with accuracy.
  • Discuss currently available highly effective HIV prevention strategies.
  • Discuss the benefits and limitations of additional risk reduction tools.

This course was developed by CATIE

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Training module: Methamphetamine Webinar Part 1

Teaching modality: Recording of interactive webinar
Activity length: 2 hour video
Target audience: These interactive webinars are intended for people working in harm reduction programs and will be particularly useful for Harm Reduction Outreach Workers, Hepatitis C support teams, Public Health nurses, and staff of Needle Syringe Programs (NSPs).

Learning objectives:

  • Examine the history, pharmacology and effects of methamphetamine
  • Discuss how meth is used, the associated injection and inhalation equipment and related best practices, and specifically cover “bowl pipes”, now available to harm reduction programs
  • Explore basic harm and risk reduction strategies
  • Facilitated by: Nick Boyce & Colin Johnson (OHSUTP)

This course was created by the Ontario Harm Reduction Network.

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Training module: Methamphetamine Webinar Part 2

Teaching modality: Recording of interactive webinar
Activity length: 2 hour video
Target audience: People working in harm reduction programs; particularly useful for Harm Reduction Outreach Workers, Hepatitis C support teams, Public Health nurses, and staff of Needle Syringe Programs (NSPs).

Learning objectives:

  • Learn the signs of overdose and how to respond
  • Examine the sometimes challenging behaviours associated with methamphetamine use and strategies for engaging with people
  • Briefly look at the process and supports for people looking to change their use
  • Learn from one another
  • Facilitated by: Nick Boyce (OHSUTP); Sanda Kazazic and Bryan Deresti (St. Stephen’s Community House, Toronto)

This course was created by the Ontario Harm Reduction Network. Certificates of completion for any course or webinar are provided upon request – contact us at info@ohrn.org

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Training module: Harm Reduction Equipment Webinars

Teaching modality: Pre-recorded webinars
Activity length: 2x 90 minute videos
Target audience: Public Health Nurses working in harm reduction; staff of Needle Exchange Programs (NEPs); injection drug use outreach workers; hepatitis C teams

Learning objectives:

  • Ensure consistent knowledge about the equipment distributed
  • Learn about best practices for each piece of equipment

This course was created by the Ontario Harm Reduction Network . Certificates of completion for any course or webinar are provided upon request – contact us at info@ohrn.org

Watch: injection drug use equipment (90 mins)

Watch: safer inhalation (crack smoking) equipment (90 mins)

Training module: TIC E-Learning Module A1: What is Trauma Informed Care?

Teaching modality: Self-paced online course

Activity length: 1-2 hours. You can take in 10 minute increments.

Target audience:Service providers working with people who have been affected by overwhelming stress

Learning objectives:

  • Describe what trauma informed care is
  • Identify your role in trauma informed care
  • Describe what trauma is
  • Identify the principles that guide trauma informed care
  • Reflect on what your could do to engage in trauma informed care within your role.

This course was developed by Alberta Health Services.

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