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Opioid Overdose Prevention

Opioid Overdose Prevention 

This course will provide participants with a robust and detailed overview of the current opioid overdose crisis experienced by people all over the United States. This course will offer providers a perspective and examples of how we got into our current crisis, including a history of opioid use both internationally as well as domestically, examples of policies and community approaches to addressing the opioid crisis and work to counter stigma related to drug use, identifying signs of an overdose, overdose response/reversal, an overview of Narcan (the agent used to reverse opioid overdose), risk assessment and working and supporting people at risk for overdose. 

Meet the Instructors

Cheryl_Gagnec_no_nameCheryl Gagne has over three decades of experience providing training, supervision, and support to behavioral health providers, including peer providers. She is currently the a trainer and subject matter expert at the Center for Social Innovation (C4), where she is engaged in providing training/technical assistance in recovery-oriented, trauma-informed behavioral health services. Prior to coming to C4, Cheryl worked for over 20 years at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University, where she conducted research and training projects focused on enhancing recovery outcomes and conducted provider trainings across the U.S. and internationally. 

Vicki SherwinVicki Steen has a decade of experience promoting public health for the underserved and marginalized population. Since joining the Center for Social Innovation (C4) as a trainer, Ms. Steen has provided training for an excess of twenty-two hundred mental health and substance use providers on HIV care integration, opioid overdose prevention, viral hepatitis, medication assisted treatment, and Harm Reduction. Vicki creates a safe training environment where attendees are free to share perspectives, ask questions, and discuss personal experiences. Prior to joining C4, Ms Steen was the Public Health Coordinator at Barnstable County Correctional Facility. 



Week 1

  • Review the history of opioid use both internationally and domestically
  • Examine effective strategies to address the opioid crisis on a policy, community, and individual level
  • Discuss some of the basic principles of Harm Reduction as they relate to opioid overdose prevention

Week 2:

  • Provide an overview of Fentanyl and compare the differences between it and other opioids
  • Identify the signs and symptoms of an overdose and the factors that contribute to risk
  • Review the protocols and procedures for overdose intervention and revival

Week 3:

  • Explore what it means to support people at risk for opioid overdose
  • Identify essential elements of doing a risk assessment for opioid overdose
  • Review the elements of Harm Reduction and how they can facilitate risk assessments
  • Generate Harm Reduction-based options for people at risk of opioid overdose 



Certificates of Completion are awarded to participants who have attended the all five, live webcasts, completed all required learning activities, scored higher than 80% on each weekly quiz, completed the course evaluation form, and the certificate request form. 7.5 hours of continuing education credit will be awarded upon completion of this course. Certificates will be emailed directly to participants roughly two weeks after the completion of the final webcast.


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Center for Social Innovation, Provider #1457, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education ACE) program. The Center for Social Innovation maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 10/17/2016 to 10/17/2017. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 5.5 continuing education clock hours.

Center for Social Innovation has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6576. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Center for Social Innovation is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

This course has been approved by the Center for Social Innovation, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #100990, The Center for Social Innovation is responsible for all aspects of their programing.