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


2nd Annual Shifting the Addiction Paradigm: Compassionate Pragmatism

June 7, 2019 |  New York

The 2nd annual Shifting the Addiction Paradigm Conference, co-presented by the Center for Optimal Living and Ellenhorn will feature Marc Lewis, PhD, Carrie Wilkens, PhD, Zoi Andalcio, LMHC, CPT, Ross Ellenhorn, PhD and Andrew Tatarsky, PhD. The theme for this year is Compassionate Pragmatism, a term that implies compassion for others, often through learned methods, that leads to helping people change. Compassionate Pragmatism represents a praxis: It converts a point of view into action. CE credits available.

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Addiction Treatment at the Crossroads: Clinical Innovations

April 12, 2019

Ingmar Gorman, PhD – Psychedelic Integration in Clinical Practice
Andrew Tatarsky, PhD – Clinical Reflections

NYSPA Division on Addictions presents a day long workshop featuring Drs. Tatarsky and Gorman along with Richard Juman, PsyD, Joseph Ruggiero, PhD, Declan Barry, PhD, Chinazo Cunningham, MD, Debra Rothschild, PhD, Neta Tal, PhD, and Kassandra Frederique, LCSW. The focus will be on the rise in opioid use and the simultaneous introduction of medical marijuana and psychedelics into clinical practice. Come learn about these revolutions in treatment and explore how they fit into our clinical practice and the greater social environment.

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26th Harm Reduction International Conference

April 28-May 1, 2019 | Portugal

Dr. Tatarsky will present, An Integrative Harm Reduction Therapy Approach to Addictions: Addressing the Roadblocks to Healing, Growth and Positive Change at the biennial HR19.

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Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy (2-Day Training)

May 14-15, 2019 |  Nelsonville, Ohio

A 2-day version of our signature IHRP training with Dr. Tatarsky.


Psychedelics 101 & 102 for Clinicians

May 18-19, 2019 |  The Ace Hotel, NYC

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.

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The Culture of Use, Misuse, and Dependence

May 20, 2019 |  Mount Sinai Downtown, NYC

Dr. Jenifer Talley will present “Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy: New Paradigm for Addressing Substance Use and Misuse” at this one day event presented by The Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine.

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It’s a Beautiful Wound – One man show by Rich Orloff

June 8, 2019 |  The Center for Optimal Living, NYC

It’s a Beautiful Wound is the true story of Rich’s adventures in underground therapy using MDMA (a.k.a. Ecstasy) and psilocybin mushrooms, inspired by cutting-edge experiments designed to help people heal from deep emotional wounds. It is a tale of one person’s journey towards reconciliation with the soul… with a short detour for an appendectomy. The performance will be followed by a talkback with Ingmar Gorman, PhD.

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ACAM Annual Meeting: Collaboration Cures

October 17-19, 2019 |  Nashville, Tennessee

On Friday October 18 Dr. Tatarsky will present on Harm Reduction Psychotherapy at the American College for Advancement in Medicine annual meeting.

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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