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Creating Conditions of Possibility:

Harm Reduction as a Pathway to Autonomy, Connection, and Healing

In this keynote talk, Ms. Tula will discuss structural factors that drive health disparities among people who use drugs and push them to the farthest margins of society. She will describe why harm reduction is an effective modality of engaging with people who use drugs and has the potential to restore hope, personal autonomy, and healing.

Participants will be able to: (1) increase awareness of the intersections of race, trauma, and health disparities among people who use drugs, (2) increase understanding of how policies and practices are influenced by implicit bias and stigma, and (3) increase understanding of the principles of harm reduction.

Monique Tula is the Executive Director of National Harm Reduction Coalition, a national advocacy and capacity-building organization that promotes the health and dignity of people affected by drug use. Previously, she was the Vice President of Programs with AIDS United where she oversaw the grantmaking and technical assistance portfolios. With more than 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector, Ms. Tula has devoted her career to harm reduction advocacy and infrastructure development of community-based organizations.

Workshops


Psychedelics - What is all the Hype About?

David Drapkin, LCSW

Over the last few years there has been a huge renaissance in psychedelic medicine and therapy. This presentation focuses on the recent renaissance in psychedelic medicine and therapy from the broad perspectives of historical, research, legal/regulatory and mental health/addiction aspects. Starting with the two previous "waves" of indigenous and 1950s-1970s research that ended with the 'War on Drugs', the presentation explores why the current "Third Wave" is happening now. We will then explore the disparate players and ideologies in the psychedelic ecosystem in relation to how they address contemporary mental health and addiction needs.

Participants will be able to: 1) explain the background of psychedelic medicine and therapy and 2) discuss how psychedelic medicine addresses contemporary mental health and addiction.

 

 

A Community Comes Together to Mobilize Change: Alcohol Outlet Density and Rates of Assaultive Violence

David Lardier, Ph.D., LPC

University of New Mexico

The presentation discusses an alcohol outlet density policy level change implemented through a Drug Free Communities Grant Coalition in New Jersey. The speaker will describe how the utilization of ecological and population-level data to display the relationship between crime and the
density of alcohol establishments assisted in adoption of the ordinance. The course will also outline the process of the ordinance being written and eventually implemented.

Participants will: (1) develop knowledge about collecting ecological and population data, (2) develop knowledge about the participatory, coalition-led process of policy change, and (3) learn to develop a policy change goal and outline data needed to provide evidence of need.

 

 

Current Drug Trends Encountered by Law Enforcement

Lt. Michael Klummp

Bergen County Prosecutor's Office

This presentation educates about the latest developments and information regarding substances encountered by Law Enforcement, especially those seen in Bergen County.  Presenters will cover various substances such as marijuana, heroin, fentanyl, and methamphetamine. Participants will receive a practical, real-world education on current and emerging drug trends. 

Participants will be able to: (1) identify current drug trends including specific substances being misused and (2) explain the effects, risk, and other information about commonly used substances.


Please contact The Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources at 201-740-7069 or dferguson@cafsnj.org for information about continuing education credits for social workers. 

We will be applying for credits with the Certification Board.

All workshops will be recorded and available through December 31, 2021.

For questions about continuing education, please email dferguson@cafsnj.org.