Compassionate Pragmatism Webinar with Dr. Tatarsky for SMMGP

This webinar is an introductory overview of the treatment, professional training and organizational consultation offered at The Center For Optimal Living. It offers an overview of a model for understanding addiction that supports a therapeutic approach that you can use in your practice as well as apply to your own efforts in making a positive change in your life and supporting those you love.

Scottish Drugs Forum in Glasgow

A conversation with Dr. Andrew Tatarsky and Austin Smith of the Scottish Drugs Forum in Glasgow in August, 2017. The conversation focuses on the shift from the disease model of addiction to a new lens that re-humanizes people who use drugs. This video is an excellent overview of Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy.

Demystifying Medical Marijuana in New York

Introduced by the Center for Optimal Living’s Dr. Jenifer Talley and moderated by John Crepsac, LCSW
Speakers include Gabriel Sayegh of the Drug Policy Alliance, Dr. Suneal Aggarwal of Americans for Safe Access, psychiatrist and author Dr. Julie Holland, and Dr. Andrew Tatarsky

 At Home In the Dark

Watch Dr. Andrew Tatarsky discuss the difference between an abstinence-only model and the harm reduction approach in addiction treatment. Watch a clip of “At Home in the Dark,” a short film exploring trauma & PTSD.

The series is a highly personal, creative and subjective exploration of one of our culture’s most ignored and misunderstood public health crises. Watch episode 12, also featuring Dr. Tatarsky.

Dr. Jenifer Talley Interview for Harm Reduction Television

In July 2013 the Center for Optimal Living’s Dr. Jenifer Talley was interviewed for Harm Reduction Television by Kenneth Anderson, a leading harm reductionist and founder of HAMS, the online harm reduction for alcohol network. The subjects they discussed included mindfulness, harm reduction, trauma and treatment.

Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program

The Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program aims to meet the needs of clients, the community, and mental health professionals. The program provides a setting where clients may speak about their experiences and gain psychotherapeutic support.

Mind-Body Practices in the Treatment of Substance Misuse

Watch Dr. Jen Talley give a presentation on the integration of mind-body practices to address substance misuse at the East Meets West Medicine Festival.  She provides brief meditation practices she uses with her clients and describes the Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy model for working with substance misuse and other problematic behaviors.

A Model of Complexity for Real World Substance Use Treatment

Andrew Tatarsky presents “When Simple Isn’t the Solution: A Model of Complexity for Real World Substance Use Treatment” at the New York State Psychological Association’s Division of Addictions Conference 2015.

Integrative Harm Reduction On Paul DeRienzo’s “Let Them Talk” Series

Harm reduction is a revolutionary framework for addressing substance misuse that does not require abstinence. All positive changes are viewed as successes; reducing, using more safely, moderating, controlling and stopping the behaviors are all seen as acceptable goals on the path towards positive change. Watch Dr. Tatarsky discuss these methods on “Let Them Talk”.

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The Challenge of Harm Reduction: Changing Attitudes Toward Addiction Treatment

Psychotherapy Networker, September/October 2019

Interview with Andrew Tatarsky, PhD on Harm Reduction
AAAP News, Fall 2018
A Sober Person’s Guide to Medical Marijuana
Vice, March 2018
America, Can We Talk About Your Drinking?
The New York Times, December 2017
Psychedelic sanctuary’ will help drug users get over bad trips
New Scientist, January 2017
Is Harm Reduction the New Narrative?
The Fix, October 2015
Taking Addiction to the Mat  |   Jenifer Talley PhD
TheFix, August 2015
Context Matters: The Impact of Trauma, Culture and Policy on Women’s Health  |   Jenifer Talley PhD’s ProTalk, April 2015
The Role of Yoga in Embodied Recovery  |   Jenifer Talley PhD’s Pro Corner, February 2015
Pros Talk Naloxone  |  , and, June 2014
Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy: A Call for National Dialogue  |, April 2014
Medical Marijuana Right for New York, Say ASOs  | Winnie McCroy
Edge on the Net, February 2014
We Don’t Treat Brains, We Treat People  |  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 
Behavioral Health News, Jan. 2014 (orginally published in The Fix)
Medical Marijuana Is Humane  |  Andrew Tatarsky, Jan. 2014
El Fracaso de la Abstinencia  |  Paula Molina
Que Pasa, Jan. 2014
Professional Publications

Talley, Jenifer. (2017). Harm Reduction Model: A Practical Review, American Physician Institute, 6:12, 1-13.

Talley, Jenifer. (2017). Beginning with the Symptom: Incorporating Mindfulness in the Treatment of Substance Misuse, Cultivating Mindfulness in Clinical Social Work, 147-173.

Kellogg, S. H., & Tatarsky, A. (2012). Re-envisioning Addiction Treatment: A Six-point Plan, Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 30:1, 109-128.

Tatarsky, A., & Kellogg, S. (2012). Harm Reduction Psychotherapy. In: Marlatt, G.A., Larimer, M.E., & Witkiewitz, K. (Editors). Harm Reduction: Pragmatic Strategies for Managing High-Risk Behaviors, Second Edition. New York, NY, The Guilford Press.

Kellogg, S.H. & Tatarsky, A.(2010). The Addiction Treatment Roundtable: A Clinical Wisdom Study. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 10:3, 339-341.

Tatarsky, A. & Kellogg, S.H. Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy: A Case of Substance Use, Multiple Trauma, and Suicidality. Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session, Vol. 66 (10), pp.123-135. Portuguese translation here.

Tatarsky, A. & Marlatt, G.A. (2010). State of the Art in Harm Reduction Psychotherapy: An Emerging Treatment for Substance Misuse. Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session, Vol. 66 (10), pp.117-122.

Tatarsky, A. Harm Reduction Psychotherapy (A User’s Guide to Developing Your Healthiest Relationship to Pot). (2010).  In: Holland, J. (Editor). The Pot Book: A Complete Guide to Cannabis, Rochester, VT, Inner Traditions.

Tatarsky, A. Guest co-editor. (2010). Harm Reduction in Psychotherapy, Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session, Vol. 66 (10).   Kellogg, S. H., &

Tatarsky, A. (2009).  Harm reduction psychotherapy.  Encyclopedia of substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Tatarsky, A. (Summer, 2008). Addiction, meaning and understanding. Psych-e-News, Magazine from the New York State Psychological Association, Division of Psychoanalysis, Issue #2.

Tatarsky, A. Harm reduction psychotherapy: Extending the reach of traditional substance use treatment. (2003). Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. Vol. 25, pp. 249-256. Portuguese translation here.

Tatarsky, A. (1998). An integrative approach to harm reduction psychotherapy: A case of problem drinking secondary to depression. In Session: Psychotherapy in Practice. Vol. 4/ 2, pp. 16-29.

Audio/Meditation Guides

These mindfulness tracks were recorded by the Center for Optimal Living’s Dr. Jenifer Talley from her clinical practice. They are taken with permission from her personal website at

Guided Mindfulness Practices (35 minutes)

The first part of this track includes a 20-minute guided body scan that will help strengthen your connection to bodily sensations and the breath. Then follows the 5-minute SOBER Breathing Space that was developed as part of Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention. The final 10 minutes are a simple grounding and breathing practice using the five senses that can be incorporated throughout your day.

Brief Mindfulness Practice (10 minutes)

This brief mindfulness practice is designed to help connect you with what’s happening in the present moment. It may be used as a morning meditation to help get you started for the day. It can also be used throughout the day as a form of a “check-in” with yourself. This track was developed as part of Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention.

Mountain Meditation (11 minutes)

This mountain meditation was practiced while each person held one stone. It can be used at times when you need to feel more grounded and settled.