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 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

Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Certificate Program
Online course starts Feb 27

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 or contact Dr. Jenifer Talley at or 212.213.8905 x106 or follow the link below.

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Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction Conference

April 4-6, 2019 |  Providence, RI

Psychedelics and Positive Change in Substance Use Problems: Perspectives from Diverse Settings   |  Thursday, April 4th, 2:30-3:45 pm

This symposium with Elizabeth M. Nielson, PhD, Ingmar Gorman, PhD, Alan K Davis, PhD, and Caroline Dorsen, PhD, FNP-BC presents findings of the relationship between psychedelic use in naturalistic or ceremonial settings and its relationship to misuse of other substances, participation in MDMA-assisted treatment of PTSD and alcohol use, and design and interim findings from a double-blind trial of psilocybin-assisted treatment of alcohol use disorder. Possible psychological mechanisms of action are also explored. Together these findings illustrate a nuanced relationship between the use of psychedelics in various settings and misuse of other substances.

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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