Trauma and Harm Reduction


Trauma, addiction, mental health and housing are intricately connected in a complex web that can be devastating for individuals, families and communities. Explore the roots of addiction, learn new strategies for preventing overdoses, and discover new ways of caring for those who are struggling and healing together from providers who are working on the ground to tackle these complex issues. Join thought leader and keynote speaker Vijay Gupta for a fascinating discussion on addiction, its roots and the path forward.

Look for the following sessions on trauma and harm reduction:

S07 Tooling up to Prevent Overdose
S36 Workplace Application of Trauma-Informed Care
M08 Finding Housing After Disaster: The Role of Non-Profits
M18 Thought Leaders’ Dialogue: The Healing Power of Music
M38 Exploring the Challenges of Brain Injury & Homelessness
T22 Innovations in Harm Reduction
T31 Housing & Indigenous Youth Aging Out of Provincial Care
T35 Reducing Harm: Managed Alcohol Program (MAP)
EXPLORE INNOVATIONS IN HARM REDUCTION WITH SESSION T22
Explore the roots of addiction, the evolution of harm reduction and current efforts on the ground in an innovative panel discussion featuring renowned experts Dr. Danya Fast, Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at UBC and research scientist at the BC Centre on Substance Use, and Dr. Susan Boyd, Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Human and Social Development at UVic. They’ll be joined by health workers putting innovative harm reduction practices into action, as well as an Overdose Prevention Peer.

Danya Fast is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia and a Research Scientist at the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use. Since 2007, her anthropological work in Canada and Tanzania has focused on how young people who inhabit the margins of urban space understand, experience, and imagine their ‘place’ in the city.




Susan Boyd, PhD, is a Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Human and Social Development, University of Victoria. She is the author of a number of articles and books on drug issues, including: Busted: An Illustrated History of Drug Prohibition in Canada; Mothers and Illicit Drugs; and co-author of several books including Raise Shit!: Social action saving lives; Killer Weed: Marijuana grow-ops, media, and justice; and More harm than good: Drug policy in Canada. In 2016 she was a member of the federal Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation. She also works with national and community peer-run organizations that advocate for diverse harm reduction initiatives and an end to drug prohibition.