Hawai’i Harm Reduction Conference 2019 Workshop Titles and Descriptions

1.         “FOSTA, SESTA & SWOP” – The New ABC’s of Sex Work

This workshop will present an update of laws that effect social service providers, sex workers, law enforcement, and others.

2.         BE THE CHANGE! Building Advocacy for Correctional Reform

This session will start with a short panel discussion with members of the HCR 85 Correctional Reform Task Force about their recommendations to the 2019 Legislature. Participants will then get a chance to make their own specific recommendations and develop advocacy points to share.

3.         Harm Reduction at Work: Self-Help Strategies for Maintaining our Mental Health

An important component of harm reduction is the belief that individuals are the experts in knowing what they need and how to achieve it. Please join us for this presentation on current mental health self-help tools and hear from community members with demanding careers about how they manage their own mental health.

4.         Disrupting the School to Prison Pipeline Through a Multi-Disciplinary Trauma Informed Approach

The SchooltoPrison Pipeline is a nationwide system of local, state, and federal education and public safety policies that push students out of school and into the criminal justice system. This system disproportionately targets youth of color, foster youth, LGBTQ+ youth, youth with disabilities, youth living in poverty, and, above all, traumaimpacted youth. This workshop will provide attendees a nuanced understanding of the causal factors contributing to the pipeline as well as concrete tools from a traumainformed lens that social workers, educators and those working in allied fields can employ to disrupt the pipeline. Presenters include a trauma expert, a social worker and education attorney, and a recent MSW graduate and certified substance abuse counselor who spent years of her early and young adult years in foster care and the adult prison system.

5.         Harm Reduction Heroes: Communications Tactics to Inspire Media and Lawmakers

News stories on your issue come out all wrong? Low or no support from the public or lawmakers? Working with controversial or stigmatized issues? How can we build outside “heroes” for our cause? This hands-on workshop takes on your organization’s real-life communications challenges. Experts in journalism, storytelling, political change-making and strategic communications will suggest tools and approaches. Open to everyone, whether “communications” is in your job title or not. Please join us!

(No recording allowed, safe space for sharing and workshopping real-life examples.)

6.         Harm Reduction and End-of-Life Issues

This workshop will be a small talk story session on end-of-life issues faced in communities served by harm reduction programs. (Space limited to 20 participants.)

7.         Beyond Ban the Box:  Fair Employment Rights for Persons with Criminal Histories

Gainful employment for persons with arrest and court records is an important strategy towards successful rehabilitation, reintegration, and building self-worth and self-sufficiency.  Hawai’i was the first jurisdiction in the U.S. to pass a ban-the-box law, and still includes arrest and court record as a protected basis under our Fair Employment law (HRS 378).  Unfortunately, many people, including those with arrest and court records, are unaware that this law exists.  This workshop will discuss strategies for how to support and expand employment rights for those who are formerly incarcerated or have criminal records, and how to advocate for change in hiring practices.

8.         Harm Reduction in Public Health: In the Belly of the Bureaucracy

This session will describe how harm reduction policies can be integrated into public health practice in various settings.

9.         The Intersection of Harm Reduction, Compassion, and Healing

With the misconceptions around harm reduction, there are many myths and misunderstandings about how to begin, introduce, and continue to implement harm reduction strategies in the day to day connections with consumers.  This panel will focus on fresh, up to date, and Hawai’i-specific harm reduction techniques specifically related to working with the houseless and chronically homeless population and people who have Substance Use Disorders and/or Co-Occurring Disorders in Hawai’i.    

10.      Outreach & Harm Reduction

This workshop will increase the capacity of participants in providing competent services when working with transgender communities, sex workers, and difficult to outreach to populations. Participants will understand the barriers these populations face when attempting to access services and how to tailor their programs to incorporate the harm reduction philosophy.

11.      Motivational Interviewing

Motivational interviewing (MI) is a treatment approach that is well established as an effective way to promote behavior change in individuals. It utilizes change talk to increase client motivation and movement to change across all health, mental health, and substance use conditions. This workshop will be an experiential introduction to MI skill development training that helps clients make commitments to make behavioral changes based on goals that they have identified.

12.      It Takes a Village: Enhancing the Network of Care for Medical Cannabis Patients in Hawai`i

This session will be a guided discussion with a panel of stakeholders in the medical cannabis community, including the Department of Health, the Department of Public Safety’s Narcotics Enforcement Division, the Drug Policy Forum of Hawai’i, Mailed Cannabis Clinic, Maui Grown Therapies, and Cure O`ahu.  The purpose of this discussion will be to clarify the roles of each stakeholder and identify opportunities for action to enhance public health as well as public safety around medical cannabis use. 

13.      Taking the L.E.A.D, Getting the H.E.L.P: Local Harm Reduction & Law Enforcement Opportunities

This session will be a guided discussion with a panel of outreach workers and law enforcement sharing the challenges and benefits of collaboration through programs such as Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (L.E.A.D.) and Health, Efficiency, Long-Term Partnerships (H.E.L.P.).  The discussion will focus on lessons learned and provide opportunities to explore how to expand these partnerships into other local communities.

14.      Working with People Who Use Drugs

In harm reduction, we do not ask that program participants stop all substance use, unless that is their goal. This workshop will support providers to give participant-centered services by helping them learn to work with their clients to choose the most urgent issues on which to focus, reduce the harm that is being done, establish goals, and implement gradual, realistic steps to achieve them.

15.      Peacemaking: From Ancient Practices to Modern Day Restorative Justice

This interactive workshop will explore peacemaking from ancient practices to modern restorative justice circles and how these practices can work to restore our communities, promote justice, peacemaking, and conflict resolution.


2017 Conference Program Materials (Download pdf version)

2017 YouTube Clips

2017 Presentations

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