Our e-learning courses on social work, drugs and harm reduction:
The course provides guidelines for naloxone provision upon release from prison and other custodial settings. The immediate time after release (“my first 48 hours out”) is a critical time for action, when the cooperation between prisons, healthcare providers and NGOs is key in ensuring continuity of care and where targeted interventions can save lives from overdose and build a path towards engagement into further treatment and rehabilitation for people who use drugs.
This course will:
- advise policymakers of the practical steps necessary to introduce naloxone-on-release
- inform programme managers of the benefits of naloxone-on-release and provide advice on implementation.
This course aims to support prison doctors, prison health care workers, NGOs, people who come into contact with people who use drugs, GPs, nurses, teachers, police, housing workers and social workers and mental health workers.
Since there are variations in policy and guidelines by country, the course cannot reflect country-specific regulations. It presents general principles, to complement, not replace, national and international guidelines.
The course is a product of the “My first 48 hours out – comprehensive approaches to pre and post-prison release interventions for drug users in the criminal justice system” project.
HIV and HCV rapid testing in low threshold settings for PWUD
This course has been designed to be a complete tool to provide staff in low-threshold settings the knowledge, skills and techniques needed for testing people who use drugs for HIV and HCV and linking them to needed care. It was developed within the EU-funded programme, Joint Action on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Tuberculosis among People Who Inject Drugs in Europe (HA-REACT).
- Basic information about HIV, HCV, and TB
- What types of HIV and HCV tests exists and how they work
- The standards of test counselling
- Understanding philosophy of harm reduction
- Addressing gender issues within existing services and/or develop gender-specific services
- Integrated approaches in realtion to substance use and HIV/HCV testing
- What can be done to support linkage
- How to choose the right tools and uderstand the meaning of quality
- Standards for HIV and HCV testing in prison settings
Condom Distribution Program in Prison
From the data provided in the "Condom Summit" report, condom distribution programs exist in 58 of the 193 countries listed by the UN in 2018. It accounts for only 30 percent of all countries in the world and testifies to the low coverage of such programs.
This course is based on case studies and both published and unpublished data on the effectiveness of condom provision in prisons.
In the first part, we present examples of implementation of the programs of prisons with their assessment of the prisoners and the prison service. In the second part, we presented the long-term effects of condoms in New South Wales prison in Australia The last subject is the conclusion and recommendation regarding condom provision.
The course is currently accessible via our old platform at https://e.harmreduction.eu/course/view.php?id=5
Harm reduction in prison
The “Harm reduction in prison” course provides a useful introduction to themes related to drug use in the prison setting and risks related to the transmission of infections through drug use and sexual activities, as well as an introduction on risk reduction strategies and services in prison both from the point of view of service description and of specific organizational and methodological aspects related to the provision of these services in a setting such as prisons.
The course is currently accessible via our old platform at https://e.harmreduction.eu/course/view.php?id=3
Prison needle and syringe programmes (PNSP)
This course aims to provide information and practical guidance to support the implementation of NSP in prisons and other closed settings. The course presents models of PNSP that have been tried and evaluated around the world, and provides recommendations and practical advice on advocating, starting, scaling up and monitoring PNSP.
The intended audience for this course includes prison governors, administrators and staff, health-care managers and programme coordinators at all levels across all types of custodial institutions, prison administrations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and trade union officials.
- The scientific evidence on the effectiveness of PNSP.
- A legal framework for PNSP.
- Models of needle and syringe programmes in prison.
- Elements of an effective programme.
- Document HIV, hepatits, injecting drug use and risk behaviours among prisoners.
- Identify and educate key stakeholders.
- Implement the programme at the prsion level.
- Monitor, evaluate and conduct quality assurance.
The course is currently accessible via our old platform at https://e.harmreduction.eu/course/view.php?id=4