Harm Reduction with High Risk Substance Abusers

Oct 28, 2016 08:30am -
Oct 28, 2016 04:30pm

Event Description


This training qualifies for 6 Category I Contact Hours and meets the requirements for all Licensed Behavioral Health Professionals in Virginia. Your certificate will be emailed to the address used for registration following the training.



To develop a clear understanding of and use for harm reductive techniques with high risk adults and adolescents having substance use disorders.


Participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the progressive nature of substance use disorders from use to abuse (i.e., poor psychosocial judgment) to active addiction (i.e., either a physical and/or psychologic dependency).
  2. Develop of a comprehensive understanding of the interactive effect between specific substances and aggression and violence.
  3. Understand the ways harm reduction methods synthesize critical aspects of other methods (e.g., disease-and-recovery; motivational interviewing; and, cognitive-behavioral methods) in use for adolescents.
  4. Understand the practical uses of harm reduction methods and be able to apply these methods to reduce the risk of lapse and relapse among adolescent substance abusers.
  5. Understand the applicability of several harm reductive techniques.
  6. Utilize core NASW and NAADAC ethical principles to guide harm reductive interventions.


Registration Fee: (students should register using a valid university email and be prepared to present ID upon request)

NASW Member                          $100

Non-Member                             $143

NASW Student Member             $50

Student Non-Member                $115



Instructor: Maurice S. Fisher, Sr., PhD, LCSW



New College Institute
30 Franklin Street
Martinsville, VA 24112



Related Merchandise:

Harm Reduction for High-Risk Adolescent Substance Abusers

By Maurice S. Fisher, Sr., PhD


In Harm Reduction for High-Risk Adolescent Substance Abusers, Maurice S. Fisher, Sr. shares his experience of helping adolescent clients take charge of their life after negative consequences of substance use or abuse, and empowering young men and women to make better choices and minimize risky behaviors, using harm reductive methods. Harm reductive methods are used for adolescents who are at higher risk for aggression and violence during three phases: while obtaining the drugs, during active use, and during withdrawal from the substances. Fisher explains harm reduction as an evidence-based method that concentrates on behavior modification and refrains from making moral judgments. He recognizes abstinence-only programs as unrealistic, moral value–laden frameworks based on dishonesty and simplification. It is not the substance use, but rather the physical, psychosocial, emotional, and often legal consequences of use that lead to terrible consequences among adolescents.


Harm Reduction for High-Risk Adolescent Substance Abusers provides the research, discussion, and specific clinical techniques that can be used in private practices. Cognitive–behavioral therapy and skill development, psychoeducational and interpersonal skills, anger management, and support group therapies are discussed, as are ethical issues that may come up in practice. The book serves as a good resource for therapists, counselors, and clinicians to help adolescents who have lost control and are signaling for help to get their life back on track and grow into adulthood as successful members of society.


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Payment & Refund Policy:

If you choose the "Bill Me" option during checkout, please mail payment within 7 days of registering in order to hold your seat. You will receive a confirmation email with your purchase information following checkout; this will serve as your invoice, no other invoices will be provided.


Checks should be made out to NASW Virginia and mailed to:

4860 Cox Road, Suite 200
Glen Allen, VA 23060


If a registrant cancels more than 10 days before the event, a refund will be issued by check or credit back to your credit card, minus a 10% administrative fee.


If cancelation occurs less than 10 days prior to the event, no refund will be issued but you may request a credit towards a future training to be used within 1 year of the cancelation date. Call the Chapter Office (804-204-1339) to cancel within 10 days of the training. A request for credit may be granted at the discretion of the Executive Director in case of a documented emergency.

Event Type:Training
Early registration ends on Aug 17, 2016.
Regular registration starts on Aug 18, 2016 and ends on Oct 25, 2016.
Late registration starts on Oct 26, 2016.