For a greater impact, it is important to share and build the college/university community’s capacity to understand and support the student body.
Transmitting skills and knowledge to others assists in creating an effective and sustainable harm reduction model allowing the staff, faculty and students to share the information in their own respective capacities.
A General Advisory Committee was assembled to support the sustainability and effectiveness of the harm reduction project, to increase staff and faculty commitment and awareness of the strategy, and to promote the AC Umbrella Project amongst departments and colleagues. The members represented support staff, administrative staff, faculty, and students regarding their experiences/perspectives regarding student substance use on campus.
The Committee had the following objectives:
The General Advisory Committee was dissolved once the Umbrella Project joined the Mental Health Steering Committee which included several of the same people/positions
Social Service Worker and Child Youth Care students completed placements with the Umbrella Project and were partially supervised by the Umbrella Project team. They participated in several facets of the Umbrella Project:
For more detailed information, please take a look at the National Awareness Week Student Report (2016) - opens in a new window and What’s Under the Umbrella Transition Manual 2018 - opens in a new window.
The Community Group Health Project involved nursing students in the University of Ottawa – Algonquin College Collaborative B.Sc.N. for their Community Health Nursing Practicum. The students collaborated with the Algonquin College Umbrella Project in order to promote harm reduction in the Algonquin College student community.
The students were provided with half a day of training on understanding substance use and harm reduction.
Over the past three years, the following initiatives were were implemented as part of this project:
For more information on activities and research, please see Nursing Reports.
A sustainable E-learning digital training module “Helping Students Succeed — Navigating through Problematic Substance Use - opens in a new window” was created to deliver information on key topics such as:
The Harm Reduction Consultant and Coordinator of Training at Rideauwood Addiction and Family Services - opens in a new window gathered and vetted the content, much of which was based on Rideauwood’s full day training (“Understanding Substance Use and Harm Reduction Training”), and adapted it for Algonquin College.
A team was assembled from Algonquin College’s Learning and Teaching Services and Curriculum Services, which included an E-Learning and Academic Application Systems Analyst, an Education and Curriculum Support Technology Integration Specialist, and an Educational Technologist and Curriculum Specialist. The team designed and created the four-part module that engages and informs staff and faculty at Algonquin College.
The AC Umbrella Project offers face to face training to the Algonquin College staff and faculty to increase awareness and education, fostering a harm reduction approach on campus.
The training was developed in partnership with Rideauwood Addiction and Family Services. It is delivered through the following methods:
The in person training is offered as two full day sessions, offered throughout the year:
Promotion of the trainings was completed in several different avenues, from communication on MyAC (the online newsletter for the Algonquin College community), to direct email invitations, to emails sent to managers and chairs of departments. Interested individuals would sign up through Eventbrite.
The focus of the Student Advisory Committee is to provide guidance and recommendations in order to ensure a strategy that is relevant and includes student participation. The members represent the students while discussing the student experience of substance use, prevention and awareness campaigns, and the effectiveness of the Algonquin College harm reduction strategy.
Other responsibilities of the committee include:
Culture as Intervention-cut this from the Research Best Practices example and use as intro It was important to use inclusive and culturally appropriate methods of service delivery for First Nations, Metis, and Inuit students while respecting their identity in a Risk and Harm Reduction framework of services and supports at Algonquin College.