Cassandra Smith – Racial Injustice and the War on Drugs

Clem is a registered clinical counsellor (RCC), who has been working with youth and adults in mental health and substance-use since 2012. As a therapist at Dr. Peter Centre (DPC) day health program for the last 5 years, he developed DPC’s in-house orientation and training program for all clinical and non-clinical staff. Clem has a strong passion for social justice and working for people who face oppression from systems such as the criminal justice, political, economic & healthcare systems.

Matt is the program coordinator of the Canadian Association of People Who Use Drugs, national board member with the Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy and is a knowledge translator for the Dr. Peters Centre. Matt was one of the cofounders of HaliFIX Overdose Prevention Society which implemented Atlantic Canada’s first Overdose Prevention Site. Matt is also a freelance writer with By Lines in Filter-Magazine, CATIE, The Coast and The Conversation (pronouns he/him).

This presentation reviews the principles of trauma-informed care and its importance in providing care to people who use substances; as well as different types of trauma and ways to promote an environment of trust and safety for clients.

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