Harm Reduction – HousingU online module

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This 30-day module focuses on Harm Reduction practices and policies that relate to substance use. Harm Reduction is also used effectively to reduce the harms of sexually transmitted disease. This module is for front line staff and leadership who are new to harm reduction or to the sector, and for anyone who may be in the proximity of someone who is at risk of overdose. This curriculum has been developed with the assistance of the BC Centre for Disease Control who provided many of the resources used in this module.

Topics include:

Understanding Substance Use | Drugs, Drug Users and Drug Policy | Factors in Drug Abuse and Dependence | Theories of Dependence | A History of Harm Reduction | Definition and Principles of Harm Reduction | Peer Support and Challenges | Harm Reduction and Seniors | Arguments against Harm Reduction

What you'll learn

By the end of this module you will be able to:

  • Recognize common theories of dependence
  • Define harm reduction
  • Identify where harm reduction fits within a continuum of support options
  • Describe harm reduction philosophy, policies, strategies and practices
  • Recognize risk factors and signs overdose
  • Respond to an overdose
  • Prepare a harm reduction and overdose response plan for your society or for yourself

Throughout the module you’ll read or watch content, be invited to engage in various activities, and apply your learning to your own situation.

Time commitment

You have 30 days to complete the module. At the end of the 30-day enrollment period you will be automatically unenrolled from this module. The learning content is provided in a lesson format that allows you to progress at your own pace. The lesson includes non-graded checks for understanding. This module also includes an non-graded pre-test and a graded post-test. You’ll need to complete the non-graded pre-test in order to access the lesson. To receive a certificate you’ll need to score 70% or more on the post-test. You can re-take the post-test as many times as needed, within your enrollment period.


This is an online course and participants must have basic computer skills and have regular access to a computer with MS Office 2010 or later and a modern, safe browser. We recommend Chrome, however any updated browser will work. Templates used in this course may require MS Excel, MS Word and .pdf reader. This course is provided in English and requires reading and writing at a grade 8 level.

Module Duration

This module launched February 1, 2018.

Modules run in 30-day cycles at the start of each month. Once a module is launched, you may register at any time throughout the year. You will receive your log-in details at the end of the month in which you registered, for access to the module beginning on the first day of the following month. For example, if you register on February 15, you will have access to the module on March 1. If you register any time after March 1, (for example, March 2-31) you will have access to the module on April 1.

Once you receive your log-in details, you can log into HousingU at any time to start your module. You will have 30 days to complete the module from the date that you receive your log-in instructions. After the 30-day enrollment period, you will be automatically un-enrolled from the module.

Start and end dates

February 01, 2018 - December 31, 2018


$39 (+GST) for members $59 (+GST) for non-members

There are no bulk discounts available for this module and registration fees are not refundable. Registration To register, click the large green button at the top of this page: “Login to account”, or “Create an account” (if you do not yet have one). Note: We require a unique email address for each course participant as our online learning system will not accept duplicate emails. If you need further instructions, click Course registration instructions. Need help?

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