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 info@cfol.org or (+1) 212.213.8905 x3 or see below for open workshops.

Monthly Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Consultation Group

Fridays, 12:15 pm – 1:45 pm
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: $600 (+ additional service fees)

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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Family Drug Support USA

January 11 – 13, 2018  |  The Center for Optimal Living (370 Lexington Ave, Suite 500, New York, NY)

Families for Sensible Drug Policy (FSDP) and The Center for Optimal Living are excited to partner with Tony Trimingham, founder of Family Drug Support (FDS) of Australia to bring a new paradigm in family drug support to America!

Successfully established by FDS in Australia since 1999, Family Drug Support USA will bring an innovative non-judgmental, peer-led model of family support that encourages self-empowerment by recognizing each family as unique.

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Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Training 2019
January 18 – 20, 2018 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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

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. This training provides 18 CE credits for NY State social workers and is honored by OASAS for CASACs in NY State.

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Psychedelics 101 & 102 for Clinicians
Feb 9 – Feb 10, 2019 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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

This 2-day training offered by psychologists Ingmar Gorman and Elizabeth Nielson 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.

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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Psychedelic Harm Reduction and Integration Consultation Group
Feb 14 – Feb 28 | Thursdays, 12:00 pm -1:15 pm

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

The Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program provides education and training for clinicians who are interested in learning about psychedelic clinical research and providing harm reduction and integration psychotherapy for people who use, or are thinking about using psychedelics. Our Psychedelic Harm Reduction and Integration Psychotherapy (PHRIP) Consultation group is 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. Each group participant will have the opportunity to present 1-2 cases through the course of the program.

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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 or contact Dr. Jenifer Talley at jtalley@cfol.org 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 info@cfol.org or 212-213-8905 x2. Size: 12′ 7″ x 25′ 5″ | 319.82 sq ft. Capacity: 30-40 people