Monthly Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Training Group

December 15, January 12, February 23, March 23, April 27, May 18, June 1 | 12:15 – 1:45 pm   (Rolling Admission)
Center for Optimal Living (370 Lexington Ave, Suite 500, New York, NY)
Dr. Andrew Tatarsky will be leading a monthly Training Group focused on Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy (IHRP) for the full spectrum of risky and addictive behavior (substance use, sex, eating, shopping, gambling). The group welcomes mental health practitioners and substance use practitioners (e.g., Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, CASACs) who have some knowledge and experience with harm reduction. This group is ideal for those who completed our 3-day training in IHRP and/or the Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Certificate Program or those with comparable harm reduction psychotherapy training and clinical experience. Apply now.

Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy 2017, NYC:  A New Paradigm for Treating Addictive and Risky Behavior

December 1 – 3, 2017  |  10:00am-5pm, (Starting 10:15am on Sunday, December 3)
The New School (6 East 16th Street, #1103 , Wolff Conference Room, New York, NY) 
Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy is a treatment for individuals struggling with addictive and risky behavior. An alternative to the Abstinence-Only Approach, Integrative Harm Reduction is a model that incorporates psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, and body-oriented practices to treat the broad spectrum of addictive behaviors.

This three-day intensive training will introduce a new model for understanding addictive behavior and an integrative approach for treatment applying Dr. Tatarsky’s 7 therapeutic tasks of Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy. Participants will have the opportunity to practice the skills during role-play activities and are encouraged to bring case material and clinical questions to the training. We will provide continuing education credits. Sign up here.

Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Certificate Program

Center for Optimal Living (370 Lexington Ave, Suite 500, New York, NY)
This year-long intensive training program is designed for psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, graduate students, CASACs, CASAC-Ts, LMHCs, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and those working in harm reduction settings to gain knowledge about the theory and application of integrative harm reduction psychotherapy (IHRP). We provide a comprehensive framework for conceptualizing and treating substance misuse and co-occurring disorders from an integrative harm reduction perspective. IHRP brings a harm reduction orientation to mental health and substance abuse treatment settings and a clinical treatment orientation to harm reduction settings.

Please note that this course is currently only available in-person. We have received many inquiries about an online version of the Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Certificate Program. Please add your name to this list if you are interested in participating in an online course in 2018. We will contact you after gauging overall interest and provide more details by Spring 2018.  To learn more about this program, please visit this page or contact Dr. Jenifer Talley at jtalley@cfol.org or 212.213.8905 x106.


Professional & Organizational Training

The Center for Optimal Living offers a variety of trainings and workshops on Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy (IHRP) and other complementary techniques. We offer training in the United States and internationally, for individuals, groups and organizations.

Our training sessions are collaborative, making use of group discussion, interactive skill-building components and case studies to foster a deeper understanding of IHRP and promote its practice. Our training sessions can be delivered in formats ranging from half a day to five full days, depending on your needs. We tailor the content of training sessions to meet your specific requirements. We also provide ongoing or follow-up trainings, as well as ongoing trainings, consultation and supervision for the organizations we consult with. To find out more about the content, availability and cost of our training sessions, please contact us at info@cfol.org or (+1) 212.213.8905 x2


View Our Trainings

Dr. Andrew Tatarsky and members of his clinical team present a three-day training on the therapeutic principles and practice of Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy for mental health and substance use treatment providers. Here participants share their experience of the training.

Dr. Andrew Tatarsky’s A Model of Complexity for Real World Substance Use Treatment, presented at the New York State Psychological Association’s Division of Addictions Conference 2015.

Our Training Modules

History and Evolution of Harm Reduction Philosophy Therapeutic Tasks of IHRP
Clinical Challenges and Limitations of Traditional Treatment The Therapeutic Alliance
Clinical and Epidemiological Rationales for Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Therapeutic Relationship as Agent of Change
Theoretical Basis for Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Facilitating Self-Management Skills
Psycho-bio-social Process Model of Substance Use Issues Assessment as Treatment
Multiple Meanings of Substance Use Exploring and Embracing Ambivalence
Motivational Stages of Change Harm Reduction Goal-Setting
Clinical Philosophy of Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Techniques for Facilitating Positive Change
Overview of Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Incorporating Mindfulness in Individual and Group Psychotherapy