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.
Training Modules:
Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy
Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy with Families + Couples
Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Consultation for Mental Health Providers
Inner Awareness + Self-Compassion
Mindfulness for Stress Reduction
Out of Control Sexual Behavior & Drug Addiction
Psychedelics 101 + 102
Scientific Revolution in Addiction Treatment: From Disease Model to Psychobiosocial Model

Upcoming Workshops & Events

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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Connecting the Dots III: Understanding the Intersection of HIV and Mental Health

November 22, 2019 |  Philadelphia, PA

Sponsored by Penn Mental Health AIDS Research Center, The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, this symposium is designed for “front line workers” in the mental health field. The keynote will be presented by Dr. Tatarsky: An Integrative Harm Reduction Approach Changing Risky and Addictive Behaviors.

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Mindfulness:  Grounding + Reorienting

December 5, 2019 | The Center for Optimal Living

The holiday season has a way of intensifying our emotions. The joys glow brighter, the sorrows cut deeper, and the day-to-day stress can lead to frazzled states. Join Lauren for an engaging exploration of mindfulness and how these practices can help us ground and reorient. Mindfulness is a practice of bringing kind, curious, non-judgmental attention to our moment-to-moment experiences.

Each class will consist of a talk, guided meditation and Q&A. You’ll also receive recordings of the guided meditations to help support you at home and on the road.

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CGE Trauma Conference

December 6, 2019 |  Ewing, New Jersey

Dr. Tatarsky is the keynote speaker at the Center for Great Expectations’ 3rd Annual Trauma Conference. He will be presenting on The Scientific Revolution in Treating Addiction towards an Integrative Harm Reduction Approach followed by a workshop, Integrative Harm Reduction Skills & Strategies for Promoting Positive Change.

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3-Day Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Training with Dr. Tatarsky and Dr. Talley

December 13-15, 2019 |  The Center for Optimal Living

Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy (IHRP) is a treatment for addictive and risky behavior, trauma and other mental health issues. An alternative to the abstinence-only approach, IHRP incorporates psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, and body-oriented practices. Participants will learn the Seven Therapeutic Tasks of IHRP including empathic listening, urge-surfing, microanalysis, unwrapping the urge, embracing ambivalence, decisional balance, and the Ideal Use Plan. There will be skill demonstrations and role-play activities. CE credits available.

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Monthly Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Consultation Group

Rolling Deadline | Fridays 12:15 to 1:45 pm |  The Center for Optimal Living

Dr. Tatarsky is 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. Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis through December 20, 2019. 2019-20 dates are: October 4, November 1, December 20, January 10, February 7, March 6, April 3, May 1, and June 5. 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 January 6, 2020 | Mondays 1:30-3 pm | Meetings will be online using Zoom

Dr. Andrew Tatarsky and Dr. Jenifer Talley are starting a monthly ONLINE harm reduction psychotherapy consultation group in 2020. 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 6 meetings to ensure the best training experience: January 6, February 3, March 2, April 6, May 4 and June 1, from 1:30-3pm. For more information, contact Drew Allen at 212-213-8905 x105 or dallen@cfol.org.

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ONLINE Harm Reduction Certificate Program with Dr. Andrew Tatarsky + Dr. Jenifer Talley

Starts February 5, 2020 | Wednesdays 6-7:50 pm EST | Meetings will be online using Zoom

Our Certificate Program offers an intensive immersion in the principles, theories, and practical application of harm reduction psychotherapy. 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.

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Psychotherapy Networker Symposium

March 22, 2020 | Washington, DC

Dr. Tatarsky will lead a daylong workshop, You Don’t Need to Be a Specialist to Treat Addiction:  An Integrative Harm Reduction Approach, focused on addressing the misinformation and pervasive stereotypes that have led many therapists to believe only an addiction specialist can treat these challenging issues.  This workshop offers a biopsychosocial model for understanding and an integrative harm reduction approach to working with these behaviors that you can incorporate into any practice.

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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