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MI Trainer Presentation

Training and Technical Assistance
Business Information
Business name: 
Midwest Harm Reduction Institute
Address line 1: 
1207 W. Leland
Postcode/zip code: 
United States
Contact Information
Email address:
Telephone number: 
773.334.7117 ext. 1021

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About Me

Valery Shuman received her Masters in art therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2002.  She is a board certified, registered art therapist and licensed clinical professional counselor. She has worked at Heartland Health Outreach in various capacities since 1998, primarily with formerly homeless participants with a serious mental illness and a substance use disorder. She now serves as the Associate Director of  Heartland’s Midwest Harm Reduction Institute, providing training and technical assistance to agencies and organizations interested in moving toward a housing first and harm reduction approach.  She has taught at the School of the Art Institute and Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, and presented at both local and national conferences. Valery’s interests include applying art therapy and other creative interventions in a harm reduction setting, and working to reduce the stigma associated with having a mental illness and/or a substance use disorder.  In 2007 she oversaw the creation and development of ArtWorks in partnership with faculty from the School of the Art Institute.  ArtWorks is a community-based art studio dedicated to the use of art to reduce stigma.  

Service Information
Services offered: 
Introductory Training
Intermediate training
Advanced training
Training for Groups
Area of practice: 
Mental Health
Training Interests
Motivational Interviewing, Harm Reduction, Housing First, Stigma Reduction, Substance Use, Art Therapy
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5 years 9 months
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