Vermont CARES Syringe Service Programs & Harm Reduction Training

We offer an insightful training program centered on the role of Syringe Service Programs (SSPs) as a key harm reduction strategy.

This training delves into:

  • Harm Reduction Philosophy & Strategies
  • Breaking Down Stigma
  • Stories from People Who Use Drugs
  • Current Drug Supply & Reducing Harm
  • Syringe Service Programs (SSP’s)
  • How to connect with Harm Reduction Services
  • Core of Harm Reduction: Delve deep into the principles of harm reduction, understanding its pivotal role in public health while supporting the well-being of people who use drugs.
  • Embracing Non-Judgment: Cultivate a non-judgmental perspective, recognizing that every individual’s journey is unique and that compassion is central to effective harm reduction.
  • Meeting People Where They Are: Learn the importance of approaching individuals without preconceived notions or expectations, offering support and resources tailored to their current circumstances and needs.
  • Realities of Drug Use: Acknowledge that drug use is a complex facet of our world, influenced by a myriad of social, economic, and personal factors. The training emphasizes understanding over condemnation.
  • Promoting Safer Practices: While drug use exists, the focus shifts to safer use and safer options. Grasp the practical aspects of SSPs, from providing sterile syringes to educating on safer practices, all aimed at reducing risks and saving lives.

By the conclusion of the training, participants are equipped with a compassionate, informed, and pragmatic approach to harm reduction, ready to make a positive impact in their communities and support those in need without judgment.