Dr. Andrew Tatarsky presents Fundamentals of Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy training

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

I am excited to invite you to participate in the first three day training in the Fundamentals of Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy (IHRP) for substance use problems and other risky behaviors that I will give in New York City this October/November, 2012. This is the second training the Center for Optimal Living is giving in collaboration with the New School for Social Responsibility.

I have described IHRP in my book, Harm Reduction Psychotherapy: A New Treatment for Drug and Alcohol Problems, and a series of papers and book chapters. I have offered versions of this training nationally and internationally so you will be joining an international community of practitioners in many parts of the world including Chile, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, China, Ireland, Austria, Ohio, Chicago, North Carolina and more. IHRP emerged out of my 30 years of working in the field and brings together harm reduction principles with the wisdom and technique of relational psychoanalysis, cognitive-behavioral therapy and the humanistic and mindfulness traditions.

The training will cover basic definitions and philosophy of harm reduction psychotherapy, clinical challenges of working with people engaging in substance use and other risky behaviors such as eating, cutting, shopping, sex, etc., theoretical models for understanding these behaviors and the seven therapeutic tasks of IHRP with didactic material, demonstration of technique, skill-building exercises for each task and case discussion. This training lays the groundwork for future trainings that will support participants in developing mastery in IHRP.

The training is appropriate for psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, medical providers, counselors and graduate students in these disciplines.

I hope you will join us in the collaborative process that will emerge in the training.

Andrew Tatarsky, PhD
Center for Optimal Living
303 Fifth Avenue. Suite 1403
New York, NY 10016

Essentials of Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Andrew Tatarsky,  PhD

Friday, October 26th, 2012
Overview & Introduction of  Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Principles
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (80 5th Ave., Room 529)

Friday, November 2nd, 2012
Therapeutic Alliance, Engagement Skills, Self-Management Skills
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Wolff Conference Room6 East 16th St., Room 1103

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012
Assessment, Embracing Ambivalence, Treatment Planning
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Wolff Conference Room 6 East 16th St., Room 1103

Training Objectives:

  • Overview of the history, evolution, and clinical rationale of the Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy (IHRP) model for treating substance misuse and other risky behaviors
  • Discussion of IHRP’s seven therapeutic tasks and specific techniques, including:o Managing the therapeutic alliance, therapeutic relationship as healing agent, development of self-management skills for “urge surfing”, assessment as treatment, embracing ambivalence, goal-setting and active strategies for positive change
  • Skills and strategies will be demonstrated and participants will have opportunities to practice them with role-play exercises
  • Participants are encouraged to bring case material and clinical challenges for discussion
  • This training is approved by NYS-OASAS for 18 clock hours of Renewal and Initial credit


Dr. Andrew Tatarsky is a specialist in the field of substance use treatment as a psychologist, supervisor, program director, lecturer and author.  He is the Director of The Center for Optimal Living, a treatment and training center in New York City. He author of Harm Reduction Psychotherapy: A New Treatment for Drug and Alcohol Problems. For more information about IHRP, please visit www.andrewtatarsky.com and click the Media tab.

Sponsored by The New School for Social Research, Department of Psychology Concentration in Mental Health & Substance Abuse Counseling 646. 504.6595; MHSAC@newschool.edu

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