The Center For Optimal Living in collaboration with the The New School is excited to host a 3 day training in Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT). Dr. Meyers and Dr. Roozen will discuss the CRAFT approach to helping families identify practical and highly-effective ways to move their loved one toward treatment, while simultaneously improving their own lives. During training, Dr. Roozen will provide an introduction to harm reduction principles and practices in the Netherlands, talk about repeated alcohol detoxification and its implications. Find out more information and register.
Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy (IHRP) is a treatment for individuals struggling with addictive and risky behavior, trauma and other mental health issues. An alternative to the abstinence-only approach, IHRP is a model that incorporates psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, and body-oriented practices to treat the broad spectrum of addictive behaviors.
Led by Dr. Andrew Tatarsky and Dr. Jenifer Talley, this three-day intensive training will explore the current scientific revolution in addiction treatment. This consists of a move away from the disease model toward a Psychobiosocial Process Model for understanding addiction and a shift from an absence-only to an Integrative Harm Reduction approach to treatment. Participants will learn the Seven Therapeutic Tasks of IHRP and a number of specific skills that facilitate positive change including empathic listening, mindfulness, urge-surfing, microanalysis, unwrapping the urge, embracing ambivalence, decisional balance and the Ideal Use Plan. There will be skill demonstrations and participants will have the opportunity to practiceduring role-play activities. Attendees are encouraged to bring case materialand clinical questions to the training.
Visit ihrp2017.eventbrite.com for more details and to register.
Join us for a panel discussion and Town Hall meeting about the current status of opioid use and overdose in New York City and the United States. Experts in the fields of public health, psychotherapy, community engagement, public policy, and members of The New School’s Student Health Services will present their perspectives on the impact of opioid use and how to reduce the number of overdoses. Every attendee will be trained in overdose prevention strategies and naloxone kits will be provided to those who wish to receive them. This event is open to the public and is free of charge.
Following an overview of the current opioid use patterns and overdose rates in New York, we will discuss the programmatic work that is being done to address the multiple challenges associated with this issue. We will hear from people who work with active drug users and have invited current and former drug users to contribute to the panel discussion. In addition, treatment professionals will describe an integrative harm reduction approach to working with active drug users.
Register here: https://opiatetownhall.eventbrite.com
Brief presentations by each speaker (5-10 min.)
Testimonials/Q & A with audience
Overdose prevention training and naloxone kit distribution for those who wish to receive them
CRAFT Training with Dr. Robert Meyers: Working Effectively with Families
March 10-12, 2017
A very rare and special opportunity is coming to NYC in March! The team at The Center For Optimal Living in collaboration with the The New School is excited to host a 3 day training in Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) with it's developer, Dr. Bob Meyers. CRAFT is a positive, compassion-based approach to helping families address substance use issues impacting a loved one that is consistent with the spectrum of positive change goals. Buy tickets and find out more.
Dr. Andrew Tatarsky and I will be leading our annual intensive 3-day training on the Fundamentals of Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy this December.
Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy is a treatment for individuals struggling with addictive and risky behavior. An alternative to the Abstinence-Only Approach, Integrative Harm Reduction is a model that incorporates psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, and bodyoriented practices to treat the broad spectrum of addictive behaviors.
This three-day intensive training will introduce a new model for understanding addictive behavior and an integrative approach for treatment applying Dr. Tatarsky’s 7 therapeutic tasks of Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy. Participants will have the opportunity to practice the skills during role-play activities and are encouraged to bring case material and clinical questions to the training.
For more information and to register, please visit our Eventbrite page.
Join Jill Satterfield and I this fall for a daylong training on building inner awareness and self-compassion. Jill has been a mentor of mine for many years and I'm thrilled to be teaching with her again when she visits NYC this fall.
This training will help clinicians, graduate students, and other mental health and substance abuse treatment providers develop inner awareness and self-compassion practices to enhance their own meditation practice and clinical work. Beginners and those with previous meditation experience are welcome to attend.
By learning how to to anchor ourselves in our breath and attending to sensations in the body, we expand our self-regulation skills and capacity to be with difficult experiences. Self-compassion practices have been shown to increase well-being and promote resilience during times of distress. We will provide instruction in mindfulness practices designed to cultivate present-moment awareness of breath and body, along with how to tailor your practice based on the recognition of what’s needed. We will emphasize how to adapt mindfulness practices for clinical work and with clients experiencing substance use issues.
Visit our Eventbrite page for more information and to register.
Psychedelics are experiencing a resurgence in medicine. Current evidence supports their capacity to enhance psychotherapy and it is projected that MDMA (“ecstasy”) and psilocybin (found in magic mushrooms) will be prescription medicines by 2022.
The Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program aims to meet the needs of clients, the community, and mental health professionals. The program provides a setting where clients may speak about their experiences and gain psychotherapeutic support. Clinicians can also turn to this program to learn how to best work with patients who have a history of psychedelic use, to understand what are the potential benefits and harms associated with these substances, and how to provide optimal client care.
Join us for an evening of discussions about MDMA, psilocybin, and ayahuasca. Patient interviews will be screened and a Q&A panel will follow. Come learn about our programming and services.
This intensive 3-day training will provide a foundation on principles of integrative harm reduction psychotherapy (IHRP). IHRP brings a harm reduction orientation to the treatment of substance use problems and other risky and addictive behaviors and a therapeutic orientation to harm reduction settings and thus, bridges these two worlds. Dr. Tatarsky developed IHRP as an alternative treatment for addiction that can dramatically improve our ability to help. IHRP combines relational, psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral, mindfulness, and body-oriented interventions in a harm reduction frame. Techniques are blended in ways that are uniquely tailored to each person. A central focus on the therapeutic alliance and relationship creates a context in which the often dissociated multiple meanings and functions of addiction are unwrapped as alternative solutions are discovered. IHRP addresses related personal and social issues concurrently with the problem behavior.
Our trainings combine didactic lectures and discussions, case presentations, and demonstrations of specific techniques and skills-building sessions. We hope you will join us.
Visit harmreductiontraining2015.eventbrite.com to register.
Bringing Communities Together: A New Vision for Helping Individuals and Families Impacted by Substance Use and Mental Health Issues
Join us for a panel discussion and town hall-style meeting focusing on how substance use and mental health issues impact individuals and their families. We are bringing communities together to create a new vision and approach to help those who confront those issues every day.
Meeting Goals and Agenda
- Opportunity to network, gather resources and information
- Discussion of “school to prison pipeline”
- Exploration of what reality-based education will look like in school and clinical settings
- Offer empowering approaches for more effective parenting of substance using children
- Information about harm reduction psychotherapy and alternatives to abstinence-only approaches
- Discussion of supervised injection facilities and overdose prevention initiatives
- Needs assessment and process for thinking together about next steps
- Q & A, participants will be able to submit questions ahead of time for discussion
Together with Dr. Andrew Tatarsky and Molly Fogel, I will be presenting on Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy for Medical Marijuana at NASW-NYC's Addictions Institute Conference. The title of the conference is Marijuana and Emerging Drugs: Evolving Perspectives in Addictions. Register here.
Open House for Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Certificate Program and Panel Discussion on the Impact of Culture, Trauma, and Substance Use on Women's Health and Public Policy with Gabrielle Glaser, Lynn Paltrow, and Emma Roberts.
For more information and to register, visit: https://newschool-womenspanel.eventbrite.com
To learn more about the Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Certificate Program, click here.
Join Us for a Daylong Training in Mindfulness
This training is designed for clinicians and graduate students working in psychology, social work, substance abuse counseling, and medicine who wish to learn the practical application of mindfulness and other mind-body strategies. We will practice basic breathing and mindfulness techniques along with gentle yoga poses that can be used in a variety of clinical settings.
Discussions will be focused on ways to introduce these practices to clients in individual and group psychotherapy. There will be a special emphasis on the application of these practices in working with substance use issues and other addictive behaviors. There will be opportunity for clinical consultation, so please come prepared with case examples.
To register, please visit: http://newschool-mindfulness-mindbody.eventbrite.com
Starting Fall 2014 at The New School for Social Research
To learn more about this program and to download an application, please visit: http://www.newschool.edu/nssr/harm-reduction-psychotherapy-program/
Please join us to celebrate the launch of a new Certificate Program in Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy starting Fall 2014 at The New School for Social Research. Together with Dr. Tatarsky, I will outline the main principles of integrative harm reduction psychotherapy and will provide more details about this exciting and innovate certificate program that presents an alternative to an abstinence-only approach to treating substance misuse and other risky behaviors. There will be an opportunity for discussion and networking. Refreshments will be provided. To RSVP, please click here.
For more information about the certificate program, see this page.
Join us for a panel discussion with experts from the NY State Department of Health and The Center for Optimal Living on the topic of working with individuals who misuse opioids and learn harm reduction strategies for overdose prevention.
There will be an update on recent trends in opioid use in NYC, along with a discussion of an integrative harm reduction approach to address opioid misuse and strategies for preventing overdose. This event is designed for graduate students and other professionals working in the mental health and substance abuse treatment community who wish to educate themselves about opioid use and effective strategies to reduce risk among individuals using opioids.
This free event is open to the public and there will be time for a questions and discussion. Please either click on the button below to register or visit: https://newschool-opiatespanel.eventbrite.com
This day-long workshop is designed for clinicians and graduate students in the fields of psychology, social work, substance abuse counseling, and medicine who wish to learn the practical application of mindfulness skills. We will practice basic breathing and mindfulness techniques and will discuss ways to introduce this practice to your clients. There will be opportunity for clinical consultation, so please come prepared with case examples. This workshop will also include discussions about the role of mindfulness in promoting self-care for providers and techniques to prevent compassion fatigue and burn out.