Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Certificate Program
Sep
20
Dec 3

Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Certificate Program

  • The Center for Optimal Living

Our Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Certificate Program is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2017 to Spring 2018 class.  Our program offers a year-long immersion in the principles, theories, and practical application of harm reduction psychotherapy.  Harm reduction psychotherapy is a collaborative, personalized, and empowering approach to help those with substance use issues and other risky behaviors.  Our integrative perspective brings together relational psychoanalysis, psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and mindfulness approaches.  Our program had been previously offered at The New School for Social Research and we are moving it to The Center for Optimal Living for the 2017-2018 cohort.  Watch our video about the program featuring a student interview.

Students will learn about the origins and history of harm reduction psychotherapy along with the paradigm shift from an abstinence-only approach to a more collaborative and engaging model to address the spectrum of problematic substance use and other behaviors.  There will be in-depth skill practice and opportunities for consultation and supervision.  

Classes are co-taught by Dr. Andrew Tatarsky, the developer of Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy (IHRP) and Dr. Jenifer Talley, a close collaborator in its continuing evolution. Special guest speakers also contribute to the class and offers students the opportunity to engage with experts in the field.

Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Training
Dec
1
Dec 3

Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Training

  • The New School- Wolff Conference Room

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.


CRAFT Training with Dr. Robert Meyers
Mar
10
Mar 12

CRAFT Training with Dr. Robert Meyers

  • The New School- Wolff Conference Room

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.
 

Dec
2
Dec 4

Fundamentals of Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy

  • The New School- Wolff Conference Room

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.

Inner Awareness & Self-Compassion Training
Oct
1
10:00 am10:00

Inner Awareness & Self-Compassion Training

  • The New School- Klein Conference Room

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.

Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program Event Lauch
Nov
12
6:30 pm18:30

Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program Event Lauch

  • The New School- Theresa Lang Center

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.

REGISTER HERE


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.

Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Training
Nov
6
Nov 8

Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Training

  • The New School for Social Research

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
Sep
24
6:00 pm18:00

Bringing Communities Together: A New Vision for Helping Individuals and Families Impacted by Substance Use and Mental Health Issues

  • The New School

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
Jun
3
9:00 am09:00

NASW- NYC Addictions Institute's 47th Annual Conference

  • Fordham University- Lincoln Center Campus

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.

Exploring the Impact of Culture, Trauma, and Substance Use on Women's Health and Public Policy
Mar
2
6:30 pm18:30

Exploring the Impact of Culture, Trauma, and Substance Use on Women's Health and Public Policy

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

Mindfulness and the Body: Training for Clinicians
Sep
27
10:00 am10:00

Mindfulness and the Body: Training for Clinicians

  • New School for Social Research

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

 

Apr
28
7:30 pm19:30

Launch Party for Certificate in Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy

  • The New School for Social Research

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.

Mar
14
12:00 pm12:00

Working Effectively with Opioid Users and Strategies to Prevent Overdose

  • The New School- Kellen Auditorium

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

Eventbrite - Working Effectively with Opioid Users and Strategies to Prevent Overdose
Mar
8
10:00 am10:00

Incorporating Mindfulness into Practice: A Training for Clinicians

  • The New School- Wolff Conference Room

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.

Tickets are now available through Eventbrite, please click below to register.

Eventbrite - Incorporating Mindfulness into Practice: A Training for Clinicians