NYSPA- Division on Addictions Conference: The Self and the System:
Shifting Conceptions of Addictions and Their Treatment

March 31, 2017 | 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
The New School University | New York
This conference will explore how clients’ experience of themselves and their addictions can change in treatment. We will reflect on the importance of language and labels as they apply to our clients and our work and explore how treatment can address the fragmentation of self, which is a common consequence of trauma.

Attachment and Addiction: Integrating Harm Reduction and Relational Approaches
April 27 2017  |  8:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Conference Center at Waltham Woods, MA
Ellenhorn and Psych Garden are pleased to announce the inaugural meeting of an annual conference that brings together international experts in integrating the latest research and practice on relational interventions and therapies for addictive behavior. A sea-change is occurring in this field, and it’s time to make the new thinking mainstream so all practitioners can better understand and help our patients. Register today.

A 2 Day Training: Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy
April 28 – 29, 2017 | 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Lesley University | Cambridge, MA
Dr. Tatarsky will introduce Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy (IHRP), his integration of harm reduction principles into psychotherapy and substance use treatment.  
We will cover IHRP’s seven therapeutic tasks with discussion, skill demonstrations and skill building exercises. Mark Green, MD is an addictions psychiatrist who has developed a clinical care model that draws from harm reduction, psychodynamic and neurobiological perspectives and currently owns the Psych Garden in Belmont, which delivers this contemporary model of care. He will address techniques for, and pitfalls to, working deeply with emotions in people at different stages of addiction recovery. For more information on this training please visit integrativeharmreductiontherapy.com or contact info@psychgarden.com.

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 visit this page or 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