JL Training journeys was started in September 2020 by Jos Luteijn. JL Training Journeys focuses on supporting local organizations that work with people who use drugs.
This can either be done by training, coaching on the job, and/or consulting.
To be more supportive of organizations in their work JL Training Journeys started developing practical IEC material. Menzi Cele joined the company to manage the production side of the IEC materials. This has resulted in two unique products in the field of harm reduction.
At the beginning of 2023, the shop went online.
The name, ‘Training Journeys’ comes from the vision of the company. When training, trainees are taken on a journey. Throughout that journey, they will be taken to another world, be exposed to other ideas and different theories, learn from others’ experiences, meet new people and learn more about themselves. It’s a journey we go on together to learn more about harm reduction.
Jos is an experienced international trainer in the field of social work. With a background working in psychiatric institutions, prisons and as an international trainer on harm reduction, he has learnt to work under challenging circumstances.
After working with the Dutch police for the last two years, he recently moved to Cape Town, South Africa to specialise as a harm reductionist.
As a training company in the field of harm reduction, we try to bring knowledge and skills about harm reduction across as best as possible. During training and coaching, we experienced where there were training needs and started looking if there was any educational material that could be used to support people who work in the field of harm reduction. Though we did find some educational material, most of it was online and could not be used during outreach work or training in remote areas. As this didn’t exist, we decided to develop it ourselves.
One of the biggest difficulties we came across was the transfer of skills and knowledge from the training to the field/clients. To start a conversation about drugs and or safe injecting can be challenging. Especially when all information is done verbally. The educational materials are therefore developed in order to provide information in more ways, such as visual learning, reading, and practicing. It gives the outreach worker a tool to work with.
"The trainer is knowledgeable about his work. I hope that in the future we make more use of him for further training, exercises and practice."
"I enjoyed being in your training. It is really different from others trainings I have attended. The way you explain things, your knowledge about the topic, you are very informative. You are very good."
"The training was extremely relevant, informative and useful to my team who are faced with increasing numbers of clients living on the street who are using substances. Really appreciated the relaxed manner of trainer who was able to successfully encourage group participation. He is also extremely knowledgeable on the subject and was able to import relevant skills when considering harm reduction."
"The training was most informative to me. It provided more understanding. Not just for my profession but also personally. I feel I learnt a lot. Would love to receive more in-depth training / information. I want to give thanks to Jos for being such a resourceful trainer. It was a great experience that makes me more open for additional information. Thank you."