Youth Worker Institute: Harm Reduction

Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PST) More Information →

This training discusses Harm Reduction as a person-centered, non-judgmental approach to youth work, with a spectrum of different practices involved, rather than as a set of fixed practices. Participants will be asked to reflect on their program and agency policies, and will gain practical skills and tools to support them in integrating a harm reduction approach in their role.


Participants will explore the history and principles of harm reduction, challenges associated with implementation, and will problem-solve ways to use the approach in their programs by contemplating their real-life examples. Each piece intentionally uses a social justice lens to analyze the ways that power and privilege impact our harm reduction practice.


By the end of this training, participants will:

  1. Define and describe the harm reduction approach as it applies to homeless youth work
  2. Identify the steps of using a harm reduction approach
  3. Build skills around creative solution solving using person-centered practices in the context of programs
  4. Locate themselves and their programs in a spectrum of harm reduction practices
  5. Leave with practical strategies for implementing harm reduction practices in their programs


This training is from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Thursday September 12th at Goodwill Job Training and Education Center (700 Dearborn Pl S, Classsroom 128, Seattle, WA 98144)



The Youth Worker Institute is excited to offer this opportunity as an integral part of the Fundamentals Series. All Fundamentals workshops are specifically designed for staff working in homeless youth serving agencies in King County. Other topics in this Series include Trauma Informed Youth Work, Strengths-Based Approach, Systemic Oppression, and Motivational Interviewing.

This training will be Facilitated by Byram Simpson. Byram is the Training Program Manager at YouthCare. They have worked with YouthCare as the Program Manager of our under 18 Pathways program, and before then worked for several years with young people at the Eating Recovery Center.

This training is intended to be interactive and experiential. If you have accessibility needs and/or will need accommodations, please let us know when you register.


If you have any questions or concerns about the information provided, please contact us at ywi@youthcare.org. Thank you!