Dan Reist

Dan Reist
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Assistant director, Knowledge Exchange
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About Dan

Dan Reist leads a team, based in Vancouver, that focuses on communicating current evidence in a way that supports the evolution of effective policy and practice. With a background in continental philosophy and hermeneutics, Dan is quick to acknowledge that evidence is far more than statistics about patterns of use and harm and includes attention to the ways we experience and talk about drugs and drug use in our cultures and communities.

Dan has, for over two decades, contributed to policy dialogues in British Columbia related to substance use and addictive behaviours and has participated in many national and international discussions. He is deeply committed to a health promotion approach to substance use. He champions the careful use of language to describe substance use and the related risks and problems and seeks to bridge the ideological divides and professional barriers that have too often undermined effective responses.

He continues to lead the development of a competency-based approach to drug and gambling education. This includes the articulation of a set of drug literacy and gambling literacy competencies and the development of a suite of resources to support constructivist education using a variety of dialogic techniques.

Dan's interests include health promotion, dialogue and hermeneutics, theories of knowledge, the philosophy of education, healthy public policy and the phenomenology of psychoactive substance use.

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