Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Certificate Program


  • The Center for Optimal Living 370 Lexington Avenue (suite 500) New York, NY, 10017 United States

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.