Harm Reduction Counselor
NYHRE Harm Reduction Counselors are responsible for providing an array of street and office-based harm reduction services across multiple contracts to individuals engaging in risky behavior, from low-threshold risk reduction education to intensive case management.
NYHRE’s service model is based on educating and empowering individuals to advocate for themselves and make their own change in their lives. Consistent with this philosophy, Harm Reduction Counselors help participants identify their strengths, their needs and the barriers to accessing services and making positive change. NYHRE’s Harm Reduction Counselors facilitate access to services and the creation of plans to address participants’ needs as well as help them develop self-efficacy by connecting them to opportunities to identify, influence and change the policies that affect their lives.
The Harm Reduction Counselors conduct educational and support groups designed to supplement the individual level work and help participants solidify harm reduction practices, promote concepts of wellness and develop their support networks. It is also the role of the Harm Reduction Counselor to actively engage participants entering the drop-in center, making them feel welcome and identifying the participants’ unique needs. This position requires a comprehensive understanding of the spectrum of services provided by NYHRE, the roles and availability of agency staff, and the flow of participants through NYHRE’s structure.