Professional Training

Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Workshops and Trainings

I offer workshops and trainings in the U.S. and internationally for groups that wish to get a deeper immersion in harm reduction philosophy, it’s epidemiological and outcome research support, theoretical basis and applications to psychotherapy and counseling. My psychotherapy approach emphasizis a collaborative therapeutic relationship that integrates an active skills building focus on positive cognitive and behavioral change with an exploration of the multiple meanings and functions of substance use and other risk behaviors.  Harm reduction principles of starting where the patient/client is with no predetermined agenda about goals and strategies and embracing all positive changes as successes frame the process. The collaborative relationship enables decisions about about goals and strategies tailored to the unique needs of the patient.

In my trainings I emphasize active group participation and teach both theory and technique. Trainings are delivered in the collaborative spirit of harm reduction. These trainings can be delivered from half day to five full day formats depending on the needs of the group. Trainings can be tailored to the specific needs of the agency and client population.

Modules include:

  • History and Evolution of Harm Reduction Philosophy and History
  • Clinical Challenges and Limitations of Traditional Treatment
  • Clinical and Epidemiological Rationales for Harm Reduction Psychotherapy
  • Theoretical Basis of Harm Reduction Psychotherapy
  • Biopsychosocial Process Model of Addiction
  • Multiple Meanings of Drug Use
  • Motivational Stages of Change
  • Clinical Philosophy of Harm Reduction Psychotherapy
  • Overview of Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy
  • Building Alliances with Drug Using Patients for Physicians
  • Therapeutic Tasks
  • Establishing and Maintaining the Therapeutic Alliance
  • Therapeutic Relationship as Agent of Change
  • Facilitating Self-management Skills: Curiosity,self-awareness and affect tolerance
  • Assessment as Treatment
  • Exploring and Embracing Ambivalence
  • Harm Reduction Goal Setting
  • Techniques for Facilitating Positive Change

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