Overdose Response for Organizations

Course Description
*This course is designed to assist you with developing policy around Overdose Prevention, Recognition and Response as well as develop the skills necessary to provide on-going training to new staff who may be likely to respond to an overdose (TRAIN THE TRAINER model).

Topics Covered
• Review how to engage people using your services in discussions around harm reduction, safety planning and overdose preparedness.
• Learn how to develop safer client centred policies for Overdose Prevention, Recognition and Response as it relates to your organisation.
• Develop skills to teach staff how to administer naloxone using trauma informed practices, engagement strategies and collaborative approaches
Opportunities to witness and practice in role-play situations will be provided.
**An optional hour is slated at the end (3:30pm-4:30pm) for any organisation that is in the process of becoming or is already designated as a Take Home Naloxone distribution site. During this hour, participants will learn (and practice) how to provide THN kits and training to clients, and compassionately engage them in overdose conversations.

Who Should Attend
Primarily for non-profit community organizations interested in registering or who are already registered for the Facility Overdose Response Box Program (FORB: BCCDC program that provides naloxone to non-profit organizations for occupational health and safety response to overdose).

(**Organizations who are NOT eligible for the FORB program because they do not have a non-profit designation (i.e. government agencies, for-profit businesses, municipalities) BUT who are genuinely interested in developing comprehensive overdose response policy and want to create a sustainable staff training program may also be eligible. Please contact Lianne Radmore at lianne.radmore@fraserhealth.ca to see if this is the right option for your organization.

***A minimum of 3-5 staff from each organization should attend this training. It is strongly recommended to send at least one person who would have influence in the development of overdose policy as well as 3-5 people (or more) who would be interested in becoming staff trainers.

***PLEASE NOTE that beverages/snacks/lunch are NOT provided. All venues have access to local restaurants nearby or feel free to bring your own food.

Open to anyone who would like to register.

6 hours


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