Special Evening for Families with Dr. Robert Meyers
March 10, 2017 |  6:30 to 8:00 p.m. 

Join us for a special event with Dr. Robert Meyers for families and significant others impacted by a loved one’s substance use. There will be an introduction and overview of the CRAFT program along with time for discussion and Q + A. Sign up here.

CRAFT Training with Dr. Robert Meyers: Working Effectively with Families
March 10, 2017 – March 12, 2017

Join Dr. Robert Meyers for a special three-day training in NYC on the Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) approach to helping families identify practical and highly-effective ways to move their loved one toward treatment, while simultaneously improving their own lives. During the second half of the third training day, Dr. Andrew Tatarsky and Dr. Jenifer Talley will provide an introduction to Dr. Tatarsky’s integrative harm reduction psychotherapy (IHRP) model for treating problematic substance use and other addictive behaviors that emphasizes collaboration, empowerment, and compassion to promote healing and positive change. Sign up here.

Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Certificate Program

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. To learn more about this program, please 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