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SAMHSA's Harm Reduction in Prevention and Treatment of HIV in Co-Occurring Disorders

Welcome to CEU By Net. Are you in a state that has introduced the Harm Reduction model of HIV prevention and treatment? Do you know what models of Harm Reduction work for dual diagnosis clients who have, or are at risk for, HIV?

How to effectively provide HIV prevention and treatment services to those who continue to inject drugs and engage in unprotected sex? We sponsor a research-based course primarily written by SAMHSA about these high-profile issues.

CEU By Net's Harm Reduction courses are designed to help you support this relatively new program design in your community, and they provide answers to the 'hot questions' about the Harm Reduction approach. For example, does Harm Reduction 'enable' high-risk behaviors? Are free syringes and condom programs ethical as a medical approach to prevention of HIV and Hepatitis C?

These new treatment and prevention programs are controversial in some communities - but they work!  CEU By Net offers a short course (1K) and a more detailed course (8K) which explain how and why Harm Reduction works and how to add Harm Reduction elements to your addiction and mental health prevention and treatment programs that serve people living with HIV. 

Both courses address the significant challenges and strategies in development of Harm Reduction programs for clients who are living with SUD and/or Mental Illness and who have or are at risk for HIV. 


As a licensed mental health or addiction counselor, LMFT, social worker or other behavioral health professional, are you looking for current, research-based information to set up and effectively operate  Harm Reduction programs?  

Do you know the 'what, how, and why' of the Harm Reduction approach based on current research by SAMHSA and its affiliate programs?  And how to improve the program you currently operate for persons living with co-occurring SUD, Mental Disorders, and HIV? 

The three model programs featured in these courses demonstrate effective client training techniques and psychosocial approaches which you can use in your program or practice. The research-validated approaches encourage your clients' adherence to the medication protocols which prevent, treat, and halt the progression of HIV once it's contracted.


We invite you to take our Harm Reduction training courses 8K or 1K, which are approved for CE credit by NAADAC, NBCC, IC&RC, EACC, and most state licensing boards for behavioral health. These two courses (8K and 1K) earn 8 and 1.75 CEUs respectively.

 Go here to learn the goals of Course 8K.

Go to the HIV Course Catalog to enroll in these Harm Reduction courses. 

Read a brief overview of all our HIV treatment and prevention courses.

Take Unlimited CE Courses for one year at no additional charge with our Annual Subscription, for only $49.  


The Goals of Course 8K, 'Harm Reduction Strategies & Challenges with Co-Occurring HIV, SUD, & Mental Disorders'  

1. Learn the details of three research-validated service delivery models in diverse settings in which HIV can be effectively prevented and treated in persons living with HIV and concurrent SUD and/ or Mental Illness.

2. Learn effective approaches with various populations to encourage uptake and consistent compliance with

(a) Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP - prevention of HIV when exposed to the virus), and

(b) Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), and

(c) suppression of the HIV virus in those who have contracted HIV (ART - Antiretroviral Therapy).

3. Understand the roles of both Biomedical Intervention and Psychosocial Intervention in the prevention and treatment of HIV in people with concurrent behavioral health disorders (SUD and mental illness).

4.  Learn how Syringe Exchange programs are successfully integrated within communities and the most effective approach to implementation with people with concurrent behavioral health disorders.

5. Learn the role of Peer Health Navigation (PHN) and Contingency Management (CM) in achieving behavioral and biomedical targets, including transgender women of color who are at risk for or have HIV and concurrent behavioral health disorders.

6.  Know why it is critical that programs primarily serving people with serious mental illness and SUD

(a) assess their clients for HIV risk, (b) conduct HIV testing, and (c) provide medically and behaviorally integrated HIV prevention and treatment services to address their complex needs.

7. Understand the errors in the design of HIV programs which result in unsuccessful or reduced HIV viral suppression—particularly with those living with a concurrent diagnosis of SUD and/or Mental Illness.

8. Understand that the model HIV treatment and prevention programs presented in this course must be modified as needed, to meet the needs and living circumstances of the local population. 


Source of the Course Content

Course 8K contains 4 of the 5 chapters in the current document published by SAMHSA entitled 'Prevention and Treatment of HIV Among People Living with Substance Use and/or Mental Disorders.'  This validated research was originally published by SAMHSA in 2020 and contains a forward written in 2021 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and an extensive active-link references and resource section.   


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