New Hampshire Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association

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Virtual: Recovery Coaching a Harm Reduction Pathway

  • August 10, 2020
  • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Remote via zoom
  • 31


A 18 hour training event with Jim Wuelfing and Dean LeMire 

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.. daily, August 10-12, 2020

This training is remote only!

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PRESENTATION:  Tens of thousands of people are trained as peer recovery coaches; many now work in a rapidly growing and changing Peer Recovery Support Services field across a wide variety of service settings. Several of the key tenets in peer recovery coaching are: ‘Meet people where they are at’; ‘You are in recovery when you say you are’; and ‘There are many pathways to recovery’. Still, harm reduction as pathway to and of recovery from addiction remains widely misunderstood. Abstinence-based pathways have for decades dominated the helping services of addiction recovery. Recovery coaches may struggle with coaching a harm reduction pathway for many reasons, including: Lack of understanding about harm reduction; personal, institutional, and cultural bias; and/or lack of exposure to people achieving recovery outcomes through harm-reduction-based means.  Recovery Coaching a Harm Reduction Pathway answers a need as a new phase in recovery coaching development joins a swelling harm reduction movement across North America.  A handful of leaders in both the peer recovery supports and harm reduction movements collaborated to bring this curriculum to its current form.  This program utilizes adult learning theory concepts and modalities to address knowledge, attitudes, practices, access to resources, and coaching skills. As this training explores sensitive topics, its design and delivery are highly trauma-informed. Each class becomes a safe place for self-examination and practice from the outset.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Define harm reduction as a practice and as a social movement 
  2. Examine one’s beliefs and values around a harm reduction pathway of recovery
  3. Discuss advocacy and practices around social justice issues as part of harm reduction
  4. Practice newly acquired knowledge and skills supporting a harm reduction pathway of recovery.

    ABOUT THE PRESENTERS:  Jim Wuelfing is owner and principle associate of the New England Center, dedicated to exceptional training, facilitation and consulting services for nearly 40 years. In the recovery supports arena he has been a major contributor in the design and delivery of several curricula including the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy and CCAR Ethical Considerations for Recovery Coaches, as well as Ethical Considerations for Peer Assisted Recovery, Developing Excellence in Recovery Coaching and Recovery Coaching a Harm Reduction Pathway.  He has aided in the formation of several statewide recovery community organizations and has served on the board of the Massachusetts Organization of Addiction Recovery. Jim also has a decades long experience working on social justice issues focusing on racial inequities and understanding the dynamics of power and privilege. He co-wrote with Arthur Woodard, Jr. the nationally well-received training Racism of the Well-Intended.  Dean LeMire:  In his various roles across the substance use disorders continuum of care Dean LeMire has facilitated expansion of improved, person-centered, and community-based service delivery. Dean is known as a valuable resource for grassroots organizations which provide peer recovery support services and traditional harm-reduction-oriented services. In New Hampshire, Dean was instrumental in forming a statewide network of Recovery Community Organizations, as well as a statewide network of syringe services programs as a founding board member of the New Hampshire Harm Reduction Coalition and as co-founder of Hand Up Health Services, a multi-county syringe services program. In Texas, Dean cofounded the Texas Harm Reduction Alliance and served as President of RecoveryATX, a Recovery Community Organization serving East Austin residents. Dean now writes and trains curricula for peer recovery support providers and serves as Senior Recovery Services Manager for WEconnect Health Management.

    Fee:  *NHADACA Members:  $95;   *Non-Members  $100;   *NBCC add $5.    For registration information contact:  603-225-7060,

    18 Contact Hours Available
    CRSW Performance Domains: 1-4
    LADC/MLADC Categories of Competence: 13
    Certified Prevention Specialist Domains: 6
    NBCC: LICSW/L-MFT/LCMHC (Category 1) & Psychologist Category A
    NH Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider. ACEP No 6754. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NHADACA is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

    PLEASE NOTE: Only one registrant per form.  For multiple registrants you must register each one individually.  Registration is not complete or guaranteed until payment is received.  Payment by means other than credit card may slow down completion of registration.  Checks and cash are still accepted, however, your registration will be placed on a pending list until payment is received.  We strongly encourage payment by credit card for training of high demand topics.  Thank you.

    This training is financed under a contract with the State of NH, Department of Health and Human Services, with funds provided in part by the State of NH and/or such funding sources as were available or required, e.g., the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

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