Harm Reduction in Practice

Level One Core QoC Workshop



Tuesday, March 7, 2023 | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EST


Peterborough Lions Community Centre | Swanston Room
347 Burnham Street
Peterborough, Ontario K9H 1T5

Course Description

An in-depth look at harm reduction as a foundational model for health and social services. This interactive multimedia workshop will invite participants to engage in several core principles that comprise harm reduction as related to substance use. Through large and small group discussions and various group and individual exercises, participants will cultivate a more concrete understanding of harm reduction and work to develop an assortment of tools and strategies to better implement harm reduction practically in their professional and personal lives.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain an understanding of the principles and practices of harm reduction;
  • Understand the role of stigma in the negative health outcomes for People Who Use Drugs;
  • Learn about common harm reduction supplies and their uses, including safe disposal practices;
  • Gain an understanding of harm reduction programming in our community.

Participant Testimonials

“Very grateful for the information and the candid and compassionate way it was presented!”

“I loved the workshop. It was very interesting to learn, and I like how you got everyone involved in breakout rooms and asking poll questions.”

“This was the most eye-opening education series that I have participated in, in a very long time.”


  • Early Bird Ticket for Peterborough-Based Participants: $69.00*
  • Regular Ticket for Peterborough-Based Participants: $89.00*
  • Regular Ticket for Participants Outside of Peterborough: $109.00*

*Plus Eventbrite’s fee.


Who should attend this workshop?
This workshop is designed specifically for helping professionals. We define “helping professional” as anyone in a position of interacting with people in providing a service.

What precautions will be in place regarding COVID-19?
We will be following the recommendations of Peterborough Public Health. Details on COVID precautions will be sent to registrants one week before the workshop begins. While it is our hope to be able to run this session, we may have to cancel it if new restrictions or issues come up.

Will food be provided?
Coffee, tea, and light snacks are included. Lunch will not be provided. There are several restaurants within walking distance of the Lions Centre. Please feel free to contact us for recommendations.

Is the venue accessible?
The Lions Centre is wheelchair accessible (lift and washroom facilities) and climate-controlled.

Is there parking?
There are 40 private parking spots and an overflow area, but come early as spaces can fill up fast! Street parking is also available.

What is a level one core QoC workshop?
This refers to a workshop that is a part of QoC’s core curriculum and is offered at a more basic, 101 level, though it can be beneficial to anyone regardless of their experience.

Will I receive a certificate for attending?
Yes, you will receive a certificate of attendance after participating in the workshop and filling out a post-course evaluation.

What is your refund policy?
We can offer refunds up to seven days before the first session. Eventbrite’s fee is nonrefundable. After this period, we can accept substitutions. If we must cancel the workshop, you will receive a full refund. Your satisfaction is guaranteed.

Who can I contact with further questions?
If you have an accessibility request or any other questions, please contact the QoC Project Lead at or 705-927-3448.

The cost of this workshop has been subsidized through a partnership with the Peterborough Drug Strategy and its members. Additionally, local participants can contact us to apply for a bursary.

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Peterborough Lions Community Centre | Swanston Room
347 Burnham Street, Peterborough, ON K9H 1T5


  • Lora Keitel (she/her/hers) | PARN
    Manager of Education

    Lora Keitel is the Manager of Education at PARN – Your Community AIDS Resource Network. She began her journey at the University of Ottawa where she completed her undergrad in Criminology; however, her dreams of becoming a police officer changed to an intense drive for social justice, especially for change in drug policies. This led her to complete a dual diploma in Social Service Worker & Mental Health and Addictions Worker with an Indigenous Lens Designation from Fleming College where she completed placements with PDS and PARN. Working in Peterborough and the four counties, Lora has been busy connecting with service users and service providers to bring them harm reduction supplies, education, and training around safer drug use, naloxone, safe disposal, and how harm reduction is already a working part of our community. Lora is passionate to meet people where they are and create a community capacity of Harm Reduction principles.

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