Professional & Organizational Training

The Center for Optimal Living offers trainings and workshops on Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy (IHRP) and other complementary techniques, nationally, internationally and at our home in New York City.

Our training sessions are collaborative, and include group discussions, interactive skill-building components and case studies to foster a deeper understanding of IHRP and to promote its implementation in a variety of contexts. Our trainings are tailored to your needs and can be delivered in formats ranging from half-day to five full days, depending on your needs. We also provide follow-up trainings, as well as ongoing consultations for the organizations we work with. Contact us at info@cfol.org or 212.213.8905 x2 to learn more.

We also host special events on a range of topics that may be of interest to the public and our clients.

Upcoming Workshops & Events

Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders

September 5-8, 2019 |  Hyannis, MA

Dr. Tatarsky will be presenting at the 32nd annual conference dedicated to promoting the design, provision, and monitoring of outcomes-based addiction services and providing platforms to integrate varied academic disciplines and professional activities within the fields of addiction and behavioral health. The Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders, which hosted more than 1,200 attendees last year, is a catalyst for forging new bonds, creating new referral networks and generating significant return on investments for exhibitors and supporters.

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Psychedelics 101 & 102

September 2-3, 2019 | Stockholm, Sweden

This training offered by psychologists Ingmar Gorman and Elizabeth Nielson is designed for clinicians and healthcare providers who want to learn more about current psychedelic research and clinical practice, including how to work with patients who have a history of psychedelic use or have expressed an interest in using psychedelics. Although the course is aimed at Swedish clinicians, applications from international guests are welcomed.

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Monthly Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Consultation Group

Starting September 27, 2019 | Fridays 12:15 to 1:45 p.m |  The Center for Optimal Living

Dr. Tatarsky will be leading a monthly Consultation Group focused on IHRP for the full spectrum of risky and addictive behavior. This group is ideal for mental health and substance use practitioners who completed our 3-day training or Certificate Program in IHRP or those with comparable harm reduction psychotherapy training and clinical experience. The group will consist of didactics, case presentations, and a review of selected readings. Group members will also have an opportunity to share their current cases.  Meetings will be held monthly on Fridays starting September 27th and continuing through May 2020.  To apply, please follow the link below. For more information, contact Drew Allen at 212-213-8905 x105 or dallen@cfol.org.

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ONLINE Monthly Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Consultation Group with Dr. Andrew Tatarsky + Dr. Jenifer Talley

Starts this Fall (dates/time TBD) | Meetings will be online using Zoom

Dr. Andrew Tatarsky and Dr. Jenifer Talley are starting a monthly ONLINE harm reduction psychotherapy consultation group this Fall. The consultation group will focus on clinical issues and challenges, case presentations, and review of harm reduction psychotherapy principles. Group members will also have an opportunity to share their current cases. This group is ideal for mental health and substance use practitioners who completed our 3-day training or Certificate Program in IHRP OR those with comparable harm reduction psychotherapy training and clinical experience. Meetings will be held monthly and participants are encouraged to commit to attending all 9 meetings to ensure the best training experience. If you are interested, please indicate which time would work best for you by completing the form below. We will send the application form once date/time is confirmed. For more information, contact Drew Allen at 212-213-8905 x105 or dallen@cfol.org.

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ACAM Annual Meeting: Collaboration Cures

October 17-19, 2019 |  Nashville, Tennessee

On Friday October 18 Dr. Tatarsky will present on Harm Reduction Psychotherapy at the American College for Advancement in Medicine annual meeting.

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Ketamine for Clinicians

November 16-17, 2019 | Center for Optimal Living, NYC

Ketamine has emerged in the last decade as a novel, highly efficacious, and currently available treatment for depression and mood disorders. This training is designed for clinicians and mental healthcare providers who want to gain a better framework for using ketamine therapy for mental health, as well as those who want to learn how this treatment can be incorporated into their existing clinical practices. Taught by Ingmar Gorman, Ph.D., Elizabeth Nielson, Ph.D., and Nico Grundmann, MD.

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Participants share their experience of Dr. Andrew Tatarsky and the Center for Optimal Living’s training on the therapeutic principles and practice of Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy.

Our Event Space

The Center for Optimal Living is situated in the shadow of Grand Central station, and houses a modern, mid-size event space for trainings, group sessions and retreats. It is equipped with a range of features including a 65” HD smart tv with HDMI cable, yoga supplies, and an adjacent kitchen. The space is available to like-minded organizations and hosts affiliate and private events. For rental inquiries and more information, please contact info@cfol.org or 212-213-8905 x2. Size: 12′ 7″ x 25′ 5″ | 319.82 sq ft. Capacity: 30-40 people