Continuing Education Event – Harm Reduction – Webinar – 6/11/2020
This training will provide an overview of the development of Harm Reduction from its beginnings during the AIDS Epidemic in the 1990s and was embraced by the substance abuse community over time. The training will review drug-free approaches and how recovery fellowships have adapted to Harm Reduction. The training also will provide a contemporary review of Harm Reduction options.
1. Participants will be able to track the development of Harm Reduction techniques from the 1990s to the present.
2. Participants will be able to identify elements of drug-free approaches.
3. Participants will be able to identify Harm Reduction techniques that are being advanced today.
Recovery Centers of America has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7002. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Recovery Centers of America is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This course qualifies for 2 credit hours.
Scott Weisenberger, LPC
Vice President, Clinical Services
Scott Weisenberger , LPC joined the Recovery Centers of America team in July 2017 as Vice President of Clinical Services. In that capacity, he is responsible for creating and monitoring the clinical programs at each of RCA’s six inpatient sites in four states as well as outpatient locations.
He has worked in the chemical dependency treatment field for 27 years and has been an LPC in Pennsylvania since 2003, providing clinical supervision over the years to many clinicians also seeking licensure. Prior to joining RCA, he was Chief Executive Officer and later Chief Clinical Officer for Malvern Institute, which operates inpatient and outpatient facilities throughout the Philadelphia suburbs. Earlier in his career, he was Clinical Director at Mirmont Treatment Center in Delaware County for three years and Executive Director at Kirkbride Center in West Philadelphia for eight years.
His motto: Absolute, positive respect of the patients.
Nicole Bixler, LSW, LCADC
Nicole has over eight years of experience in the substance use treatment field working with adolescents and adults. Nicole is a graduate of Stockton University’s Masters in Social Work Program and is a Licensed Social Worker and Licensed Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Nicole has experience working with adolescents who are involved with gang activity as well as adults in a residential and detoxification setting.
Nicole has experience working in a pharmacotherapy setting as a therapist and Clinical Supervisor in a methadone program. Nicole has enhanced programs in a medication assisted recovery program including groups focused on patients who continue to struggle with polysubstance use as well as enhancing an educational program for pregnant patients on methadone maintenance . She has a deep understanding of the impact of stigma and discrimination towards people who use drugs, and Nicole strives to educate patients on their rights in the community as well as their rights when seeking treatment.
Nicole has extensive knowledge of the harm reduction approach as well as overdose prevention and reversal training. Nicole works directly with individuals experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood, providing outreach including overdose prevention education and reversals, distribution of Naloxone and harm reduction supplies and advocating for treatment options through her personal non-profit organization.