This course delves into the complex relationship between alcohol use, harm reduction, and homelessness. People experiencing homelessness often face a multitude of challenges, including alcohol dependence, which contributes to various health issues and increased mortality rates. Through this course, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the motives behind alcohol use, risky drinking patterns, and harm reduction practices in this vulnerable population. By exploring the perspectives of individuals directly affected, we aim to shed light on the rationales behind their choices and develop more effective policies and interventions.
This course is based on the reading-based online article, Motives for Alcohol Use, Risky Drinking Patterns and Harm Reduction Practices Among People Who Experience Homelessness and Alcohol Dependence in Montreal created by Rossio Motta‑Ochoa, PhD (Cultural Anthropologist) et al. in 2023.
Journal 20, Article number: 22 2023
Course Material Authors
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Rossio Motta‑Ochoa, PhD (Cultural Anthropologist)
Dr. Motta-Ochoa is a professor at the University of Montreal. Her research and teaching has focused on how medical technologies and interventions are designed and used by experts and non-experts to provide care to groups of people in vulnerable situations, particularly the indigenous populations of Peru and Canada. She has published multiple works in peer reviewed journals.
Natalia Incio‑Serra, MA
Natalia is part of the Faculty of Education, McGill University, Montreal, Canada. She has substantial experience in research, design and implementation of educational policies and initiatives related to mental health and social issues. She has published multiple works in peer reviewed journals.
Tiara Totten is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist and Licensed Professional Counselor with more than nine years of experience working
with adolescents and adults utilizing person-centered, motivational interviewing, solution-focused, and cognitive behavioral techniques to help individuals achieve optimal wellness. She has extensive experience in individual therapy, group therapy and supervision and is currently working on her PsyD in clinical psychology.
Counselors, addiction specialist, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.
After taking this course, you should be able to:
Explore the underlying motives for alcohol use in individuals experiencing homelessness.
Investigate the impact of risky drinking patterns on the physical and mental health of this population.
Examine harm reduction practices used by homeless individuals, considering the risks associated with alcohol use and withdrawal management.
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Faculty: Tiara Totten
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