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LP20621: Harm reduction approaches

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2017/8
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department for Health (administered by the Learning Partnerships Office)
Further information on credits Credits: 3      [equivalent to 6 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 60
Further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Academic Year at Action on Addiction
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: ES100
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Essay 1800 words (100%) (ES 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
This unit explores the history of harm reduction approaches as well as current harm reduction interventions and initiatives, their rationale and implementation. It critically examines their impact and Examines the relationship between harm reduction and abstinence based philosophies.

Learning Outcomes:
At the end of this unit, students will be able to:
* Explain the factors that led to the development of a Harm Reduction response to problem drug use in the UK;
* Analyse the rationale for and delivery of current harm reduction interventions;
* Evaluate key evidence concerning the effectiveness of HR approaches.

Intellectual Skills
* analysing how social, political and medical pressures shaped policy and produced practical responses [T/A]
* evaluating research evidence [T/A]
Professional Skills
* identifying risk for drug related harm [T/F]
* reviewing available services and ensuring client access [T/F]
Key Skills
* Using IT to find, communicate and manage information [T]
* Essay writing [TA]

This unit is concerned with:
* Historical development of the Harm Reduction response
* National and international Harm Reduction strategies
* Services promoting safer using and drinking practices.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

LP20621 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Programmes administered by the Learning Partnerships Office
  • UHHL-KFF09 : FdSc Addictions Counselling (Full-time at Action on Addiction)