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Using Harm Reduction with Older Adults and Adults with Disabilities

May 29 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Institute on Aging welcomes you to a 2-hour, online training, presented by Cynthia Hoffman, MFT, of San Francisco Harm Reduction.

This is a program of the IOA Clinical Collaborative Expansion of Services, and funded by the San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services.  However, all are welcome to attend.

This online workshop will review the concepts of Harm Reduction and Motivational Interviewing,as they pertain to working with older adults and adults with disabilities. We will talk about the use of client- centered language, assessing for substance use as well as countertransference concerns that arise when working with this specific population. We will explore how professionals can help clients increase their harm reduction practices while clients use substances. And we will consider the impact of COVID-19 on both the lives of our clients and our work with them.

The training will be appropriate for all those in aging services, including: psychologists; family therapists; social workers; case managers; nurses; elder-law practitioners; fiduciaries; long-term care administrators; gerontologists, human resources professionals and family/professional caregivers.

After this training, participants will be able to:

– Implement 3 assessment skills (stages of change, drug set setting and decisional balance)
– Practice the use of explorative non-judgmental, client centered and accepting perspectives using participant role play (will utilize Zoom break out groups) and lecture
– Through the use of bias exploration, identify 3 countertransference issues often encountered
when working with people who use substances. (PWUS)


Cynthia Hoffman, LMFT, San Francisco Harm Reduction

Cynthia Hoffman, LMFT,  has been practicing, teaching and supervising using the principles of Harm Reduction Therapy for over 20 years. She is committed to teaching others this compassionate, relevant and effective way of working with people who use substances. She helps therapists understand and work with their own
countertransference issues that can arise. Her website is www.sfharmreductiontherapy.com

Date: Friday, May 29th, 2020, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.  This will be an online training, through Zoom.

Place: Online.  When you register you will receive the Zoom credential.  The program will begin on time, so please be prompt.


Continuing Education Information (2.0 Continuing Education Units): BRN (RNs only); CAMFT (serves LCSWs, MFTs, LPCCs and LEPs); MCLE (Attorneys/Licensed fiduciaries)

If you seek 2.0 professional Continuing Education Units, please note this in your reservation. There will be no charge for this.

Also note that BBS no longer delivers CEs. CAMFT is an approved BBS provider, and offers CEs to MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs.

For further information or cancellation (within 24 hours prior to event), in addition to questions, grievances, concerns, and special accommodations for disabilities, please contact Caitlin Morgan, Education Manager, Institute on Aging, at cmorgan@ioaging.org, or (415) 750-4114. This training is taking place within a fully ADA-compliant building.

Introductory Level: No knowledge of the specific content area is required—you need not have in-depth knowledge or skills. The activity will provide information in accordance with basic knowledge of the topic.

All Continuing Education certificates will be delivered digitally, within 14 working days of the event. No post-test will be required due to the ability to interact with the instructor during the event (Q & A, chat)

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN), Provider # CEP13610, for 2.0 Contact Hours.

CAMFT: Institute on Aging is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for this program. IOA maintains responsibility for the course and its content. Course meets the qualifications for 2.0 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. CAMFT provider number is #135377.

State Bar of California (MCLE) : Course meets the qualifications for 2.0 hours of continuing education credit for Attorneys (Provider #13264).


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