You are invited to join us for a night to connect with professionals with an expertise in treating people with substance use problems and other risky and addictive behaviors. Whether you are a psychologist, psychiatrist, or other addiction treatment provider, we invite you to come and join us to learn more about Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy and to meet others that share your professional interests. Dr. Tatarsky and his clinical team will present on the Center’s activities and recent developments in the evolution of Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy.
Cocktails and food will be served. Admission is free.
The Center For Optimal Living & The New School For Social Research present a three-day training on the therapeutic principles and practice of Integrative Harm Reduction Therapy for mental health and substance use treatment providers. Led by Dr. Tatarsky, the training will draw upon material from his case studies, published papers and book, Harm Reduction Psychotherapy: A New Treatment for Drug & Alcohol Problems, an essential guide to the practice of this growing therapeutic approach.
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
- 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
Zhivago Banquet Hall
9925 Gross Point Rd
Skokie, IL 60076
Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy-Advanced One-Day Training, Application Adolescents and Families
8 CEU Credits will be offered to LPCs, LCPCs, LSWs, LCSWs, CADCs, and CPAIP
March 24, 2011
80 Fifth Avenue # 903A
New York, NY 10011
Presentation: Keeping Your Head When the Patient Is Still Using: Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy and the Therapist’s Countertransference
The Committee on Psychoanalysis and Addictions Treatment of PPSC, on Saturday, March 24, will present Andrew Tatarsky, PhD, who will discuss “Keeping Your Head When the Patient Is Still Using: Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy and the Therapist’s Countertransference”:
When treating excessive substance use and other dangerous behaviors, the therapist’s countertransference can often get in the way. Dr. Tatarsky will discuss both the challenges and opportunities inherent in working with active users. Through clinical case examples, the presenter will demonstrate how an integrative harm reduction approach can help the therapist steer an effective course between either enabling or alienating the patient.
Friday, February 10th, 2012 & Saturday, February 11th, 2012
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
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:
- Describe the theory and clinical rationale of IHRP
- List at least three of the seven therapeutic tasks
- Practice engagement skills
- Enhance the therapeutic alliance with clients
- Explore the benefits of guided relaxation and breath-work
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.
More information and publications describing Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy can be downloaded for free at www.andrewtatarsky.com at the Media/Professional Publications page.
November 2nd 2011
Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin
Dr. Andrew Tatarsky will Present a One Day Workshop on Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy at the National Drugs Conference of Ireland, Dublin, November 2, 2011.
As part of the National Drugs Conference of Ireland 2011 we are pleased to announce a workshop will be delivered by Dr. Andrew Tatsrsky Phd.
I will also give a Plenary Address at the conference:
Substance Misuse is Not Just a Brain Disease: The Personal and Social Meanings of Substance Use and the Critical Role of Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy
Click here for conference booklet pdf
October 28th 2011
New York City
Dr. Andrew Tatarsky will present at the Future of Clinical Psychology conference sponsored by the New York State Psychological Association’s Division on Addiction.
The conference was organized in response to alarm about the profession’s current status. The conference will reaffirm the many strengths that psychologists have and identify, explore and create compelling strategies and solutions for the future. The conference will include: 1) speakers with innovative and vibrant practices and organizations and, 2) who have been wrestling with new visions for the future.
Dr. Tatarsky will present on Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy as a growing and increasingly relevant area that clinical psychologists can make a significant contribution to. He will discuss his own path from the discovery of the harm reduction paradigm 18 years ago through developing integrative harm reduction psychotherapy, writing a seminal book on the topic, training professionals internationally in the approach and starting the Center for Optimal Living in NYC to offer comprehensive therapeutic services based on the approach. He will offer tips and advice for building a successful career in harm reduction based on his own experience.
October 21th 2011
New York City
The Harm Reduction and Mental Health Project – Working with Difficult Cases Using Integrative Approaches: A Consultation Session Presented by Andrew Tatarsky, PhD, and Scott Kellogg, PhD
All clinicians who work with addicted and dually-diagnosed patients run into situations in which they feel stymied and blocked and/or are filled with strong conflicting emotions toward their patients. This session will allow participants to engage in a dialogue which will, hopefully, enable them to see their patients in new ways and find empowering ways of moving their work forward.
Dr. Andrew Tatarsky will briefly discuss his Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy (IHRP) and will then work with a case from one of the participants.
Dr. Scott Kellogg will briefly discuss his integration of IHRP, Schema Therapy, and Transformational Chairwork. He will then do an experiential chairwork session that is centered on working through countertransference issues with one of the participants.
Andrew Tatarsky, PhD, is the creator of Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy. He is the Director of the Center for Optimal Living, a founding member and past president of the Division on Addiction of New York State Psychological Association, Chairman of the Executive Board of Moderation Management Network, founding executive board member of the Association for Harm Reduction Therapy and founding chairman of Mental Health Professionals in Harm Reduction. His website can be found at: http://andrewtatarsky.com/site/
Scott Kellogg, PhD, is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at New York University, a Psychotherapist and Supervisor at the Schema Therapy Institute, and the President of the Division on Addictions of the New York State Psychological Association. He is the Director of the Transformational Chairwork Training Program. Information on his work with Chairwork can be found at:http://transformationalchairwork.com/
PLEASE NOTE: We will be asking all participants to abide by the rules of clinical confidentiality so that we can have a safe and comfortable discussion.
When: October 21, 2011; 3:00-4:30 PM
Where: New York University, 6 Washington Place, Room 159, NYC.
The members of the Mental Health and Harm Reduction Project organizing committee are: Michele Stocknoff, LMSW (firstname.lastname@example.org), Kathryn Grooms, LMSW (email@example.com), and Scott Kellogg, PhD (firstname.lastname@example.org)