The New School for Social Research Presents a 2-day workshop led by Andrew Tatarsky, Ph.D

The New School for Social Research

Presents a 2-day workshop led by Andrew Tatarsky, Ph.D

Effective Psychotherapy of Substance Use Problems:
An Integrative Harm Reduction Approach

Friday, February 10th, 2012 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
at Kellen Auditorium (66 5th Ave., Ground Floor, Room N101)
Saturday, February 11th, 2012, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
at Wolff Conference Room (6 East 16th St., Room 1103)

This workshop will introduce Dr. Tatarsky’s Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy (IHRP) described in his book, Harm Reduction Psychotherapy: A New Treatment for Drug and Alcohol Problems, and a series of recent papers.  An accumulation of evidence supports the complex psycho-biosocial view that addictive behaviors reflect an interplay of biology, personal and interpersonal meaning, habit and social context that is unique to each individual.  IHRP emphasizes that the therapeutic alliance and relationship create the necessary context where exploration of the multiple meanings and functions of addictive behavior takes place as well as does active strategizing for positive behavior change.  This model suggests that the concept of harm reduction is essential to the effective treatment of substance misuse and other risky and addictive behavior.

During this interactive 2-day workshop, Dr. Tatarsky will define the harm reduction mode and will discuss its history, evolution, and theory.  Epidemiological and clinical rationales will also be discussed. IHRP’s seven therapeutic tasks and specific techniques will be described. Participants will have opportunities to practice skills and technique with interactive exercise and  are encouraged to bring case material and clinical challenges for discussion.

As a result of attending this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the theory and clinical rationale of IHRP
  2. List at least three of the seven therapeutic tasks
  3. Practice engagement skills
  4. Enhance the therapeutic alliance with clients
  5. Explore the benefits of guided relaxation and breath-work

Workshop Sponsored by: The New School for Social Research, Department of Psychology.

Concentration in Mental Health & Substance Abuse Counseling, 212-229-5727 ext. 3097, email:

Workshop is approved by NYS-OASAS for 12 clock hours of Renewal and Initial credit.   Enrollment will be limited.

Fees: $300 ($150/day); New School students/faculty/staff: $150 ($75/day);
Beth Israel/St. Luke’s-Roosevelt employees: $150 ($75/day); CMHSAC students: $60 ($30/day)

More information and publications describing Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy can be downloaded for free at at the Media/Professional Publications page.

Dr. Andrew Tatarsky has specialized in the field of substance use treatment for individuals, group, couples and families for 30 years as a psychologist, supervisor, program director, lecturer and author. He holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from the City University of New York and is a candidate in New York University’s post-doctoral program. He is the Director of The Center for Optimal Living, a treatment and training center in New York City.

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