Applications will be accepted through August 1, 2017
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.
Classes will meet for 8 weeks each semester on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., starting on September 20, 2017. Classes will be held at The Center for Optimal Living (370 Lexington Avenue, suite 500, NYC). Students are required to attend our 3-day intensive training in Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy scheduled on December 1-3, 2017 which will be offered through The New School for Social Research and is included in the tuition for this program. Spring classes will begin in mid-January 2018 (start date TBD) and will be held on Wednesday evenings as well.
• Fundamentals for conceptualizing, assessing, and treating substance misuse and other problematic behaviors
• Integration of psychoanalytic, cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, and relational approaches
• Knowledge of pharmacology of specific substances and how to tailor interventions accordingly
• Discussion of limitations of the disease model and rationale for providing comprehensive services based on the psychobiosocial mode
• Increased awareness of the social and political context of harm reduction
• Identify effective strategies to develop the therapeutic alliance and track interpersonal process issues (e.g., transference, countertransference) in treatment
• Learn strategies for engaging diverse clients and collaborating around assessments, clarification of goals, and personalized clinical treatment plans
• Understand how cultural issues impact the therapeutic process and develop skills to work with diverse clinical populations
• Application of emotion regulation strategies in individual and group therapy
• In-depth practice with mindfulness-based interventions and ways it can be tailored for clinical practice in both individual and group therapy
Eligibility: This program is designed for mental health and substance abuse treatment professionals, psychiatrists, graduate students and those working in harm reduction settings who wish to deepen their knowledge and skills about harm reduction principles and practices.
Tuition and Fees: The program costs $1,500 per semester (total $3,000) and payment for each semester is due by the first class. This fee includes the required 3-day training in December. Payments can be made directly to The Center for Optimal Living once you have been accepted to the program and payment is due by the first day of class. Please note that refunds or credits will not be issued once classes have started.
Class Schedule and Requirements: Classes will be held on Wednesdays from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at The Center for Optimal Living (370 Lexington Avenue, suite 500, NYC) starting on September 20, 2017. Class will meet for 8 weeks each semester and all students are required to attend our 3-day Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy training from December 1-3, 2017. The cost for the 3-day training is included in the tuition fee.
Course schedule for Fall 2017: September 20, September 27, October 4, October 11, October 18, October 25, November 1, and November 15.
Discounts: 20% off tuition if four or more students from the same agency or organization register for the program. All New School alumni and students receive a 20% tuition discount.
Continuing Education: We are in the process of applying to offer CEs for social workers in New York and will update our site once we have received formal approval from the NY State Department of Education.