Edward Durgan, PhD, is the academic director of Antioch University Seattle’s Clemente Veteran’s Initiative, which offers free college courses to veterans, and a Seattle-based psychotherapist and researcher. Durgan recently traveled to Winnipeg to lead a series of free community events focused on understanding and building more effective community responses to meth in Winnipeg. The events created a safe space for community members to come together to learn from one another and share ideas on how to respond to the meth epidemic in Winnipeg. The events were live-streamed on Facebook through Menno Simons College for those who were unable to attend in person.
Durgan kicked off the event series with a lecture on severe mental illness and impoverished dwelling in urban settings. The next day, he participated in a panel discussion on community responses to meth. He closed the series with a lecture on the relationship between risk, resilience, and resistance to meth use from Vancouver to Winnipeg.
“The hope with these workshops was to share the skills and practices that we have found work (or don’t work) and then workshop these with the group with an eye to developing some accessible, well-informed skills that can inform training for frontline folks,” Durgan said.