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The HHHRC Training Institute aims to deliver quality, culturally-informed courses that enhance your professional development. Our trainings are open to individuals of all educational, professional, and personal backgrounds who seek to build their capacity in the areas of social work, public health, and social justice. Many of our courses are approved for continuing education units (CEUs) for Certified Substance Abuse Counselors through the Hawai‘i State Department of Health Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division, as well as for social workers through the National Association of Social Workers Hawai‘i Chapter.

Organizations interested in offering an HHHRC training to their staff are welcome to fill out a request form by clicking the link below. For individuals interested in attending a training on their own, we offer our trainings on a rotating basis and according to demand at our offices in Kaka‘ako. To be notified when upcoming trainings are announced, please use the link below to sign up for our mailing list.



HIV, Hepatitis C, & STD 101

This full day training provides participants with an overview of HIV, viral hepatitis, and other common sexually transmitted diseases. Participants learn to identify the signs, symptoms, transmission methods, and risk factors for these diseases. Participants then learn how to integrate harm reduction methods, motivational interviewing, and sexual health counseling into substance use treatment and counseling. Participants also learn about the medical and social service resources available to people living with HIV, viral hepatitis, or those at risk for an STD. This class is highly interactive and provides participants of all learning styles an opportunity to engage with the material.

Training length: 8 hours

Opioids & Overdose: Prevention & Response

Overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in Hawaii and around the U.S. This interactive session will explore the impact of opioids on the body and identify the risks for accidental opioid overdose. Participants will be certified to administer Naloxone, the opioid antagonist. 4 hours ADAD approved CEUs. Training length: 4 hours (1.5 hour presentation also available)

Motivational Interviewing

Motivational interviewing, a treatment approach developed by William Miller, has been well established as an effective way to promote behavior change in individuals. Following a brief review of the fundamental MI principles and micro-skills, this experiential Introduction to MI skill development training will focus on helping clients/patients to engage in change talk, and then make commitments to make behavioral changes based on goals that they have identified.
Ample time will be devoted to real play and group practice sessions to enable training workshop participants to gain the skills necessary to elicit change talk from clients/patients with low levels of readiness for change, thereby increasing levels of motivation and moving them toward action to address their substance use issues.
Training length: 8 hours

About the Hawai‘i Health & Harm Reduction Center

A one-hour presentation for community groups and partner organizations that covers the misison of HHHRC and the services we offer.

This presentation is free and can be tailored to your organizational needs and interests.

Harm Reduction 101

Harm Reduction is a philosophy and set of strategies for working with those engaged in potentially harmful behaviors. This interactive session will explore the tenants of Harm Reduction, provide insight and practice into the theories of Harm Reduction and provide resources to services working in the spirit of Harm Reduction. Training length: 8 hours

LGB Cultural Humility

Description coming soon.

Transgender Cultural Humility

Description coming soon.

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is a course that gives people the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it does build mental health literacy, helping the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness.

Just as CPR training helps a person with no clinical training assist an individual following a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a person assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis such as contemplating suicide. In both situations, the goal is to help support an individual until appropriate professional help arrives.

Mental Health First Aiders learn a single 5-step action plan known as ALGEE, which includes assessing risk, respectfully listening to and supporting the individual in crisis, and identifying appropriate professional help and other support. Participants are also introduced to risk factors and warning signs for mental health or substance use problems, engage in experiential activities that build understanding of the impact of illness on individuals and families, and learn about evidence-supported treatment and self-help strategies.

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How much do your trainings cost?

Prices for organizational trainings are as follows:

  • $100 for one-hour presentations (excluding informational presentations about our agency, which are free)
  • $300 for half-day (4-hour) trainings
  • $500 for full-day (6 to 8-hour) trainings
  • OR $50 per person per training, whichever is lowest
Prices for sessions hosted by HHHRC are posted with each respective training.

Where are you located? Do you have parking?

The Hawaii Health & Harm Reduction Center is located at: 677 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 226
Honolulu, HI 96813 If walking, please enter the building from Keawe St. and take the elevator to the second floor. If driving, please enter the parking structure from Coral Street. We offer $12 all-day validated parking for individuals attending trainings in our offices separate from the cost of registration. To get the $12 rate, parking must be paid at time of registration. Day-of parking rate in our garage is $8 per hour. Paid parking is also available at Lot C next to the UH Medical School, and limited metered street parking may be found on Ilalo Street in front of UH Medical School.

Who are your training facilitators?

Please visit our Trainers page to learn more.

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HHHRC is looking for motivated individuals to join our harm reduction team!