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, 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-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 or (+1) 212.213.8905 x3 or see below for open workshops.


Psychedelic Harm Reduction and Integration Consultation Group
September 13, 2018 – December 13, 2018   |  12:00 pm – 1:15 pm

Center for Optimal Living (370 Lexington Ave, Suite 500, New York, NY)

A 12-session weekly group meeting for clinicians who have taken our Psychedelics 101 & 102 for Clinicians intensive training or have similar background knowledge. The first group meeting will focus on introductions, format, and an overview of our approach. Subsequent group meeting will commence with the introduction of a specific theory, principal, or topic, followed by a case vignette presented by a group member and discussion. The final group meeting will focus on transitioning to working independently and continued professional development opportunities. Learn more about the Psychedelic Program.

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Psychedelics 101 & 102 for Clinicians
September 15, 2018 – September 16, 2018   |  10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location TBA

This 2-day training 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. Learn more about the Psychedelic Program.

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Monthly Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Consultation Group

Fridays, 12:15 – 1:45 pm
September 21, 2018, October 26, 2018, November 30, 2018, December 14, 2018, January 11, 2019, February 15, 2019, March 22, 2019, April 19, 2019, May 17, 2019

Center for Optimal Living (370 Lexington Ave, Suite 500, New York, NY)

Fee: $900 ( + service fee of $52.22/credit card or $24.95/check)

Dr. Andrew Tatarsky leads a monthly consultation 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. Once we review your application, we will contact you about the payment process.

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Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Training 2018

September 28 – 30, 2018  | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (10:30 am-5:30 pm on Sunday, Sept. 30)
The New School, Wollman Hall | 65 West 11th Street, Room B500 | New York City

This three-day intensive training will explore the current scientific revolution in addiction treatment. This consists of a move away from the disease model toward a psychobiosocial process model for understanding addiction and a shift from an abstinence-only to an Integrative Harm Reduction approach to treatment. Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy (IHRP) is a treatment for individuals struggling with addictive and risky behavior, trauma and other mental health issues. An alternative to the abstinence-only approach, IHRP is a model that incorporates psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, and body-oriented practices to treat the broad spectrum of addictive behaviors.There will be skill demonstrations and participants will have the opportunity to practice during role-play activities. Attendees are encouraged to bring case material and clinical questions to the training.

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Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Certificate Program

Center for Optimal Living (370 Lexington Ave, Suite 500, New York, NY)

This 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.

We will be launching the online version of this program in February 2019. To learn more about the online program, please visit this page or contact Dr. Jenifer Talley at or 212.213.8905 x106.

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Harm Reduction Psychotherapy and Transformational Chairwork
October 17, 2018 | 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

Dr. Tatarsky will discuss Compassionate Pragmatism, the Psychobiosocial process model of addictive and risky behavior, and the seven therapeutic tasks of IHRP. Participants will learn and practice: (1) Empathic Listening; (2) Urge Surfing; and (3) Unwrapping the Urge. Participants will also learn how to use therapeutic dialogues to: (1) Explore and Increase the Motivation to Change; and (2) Further Develop the Capacity for Self-Compassion.

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Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Training with Andrew Tatarsky, PhD

April 5-7, 2019

Florida Atlantic University, Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work  |  Boca Raton, FL

Accumulating evidence is moving us away from moral, criminal and reductive disease models toward viewing the spectrum of substance use as a psychobiosocial process that is multiply meaningful and varies on multiple dimensions in ways that are unique to each person. This shift implies the need for a personalized, integrative harm reduction psychotherapy for problematic substance users.

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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 or 212-213-8905 x2. Size: 12′ 7″ x 25′ 5″ | 319.82 sq ft. Capacity: 30-40 people