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


Holistic Addiction Recovery Institute – Discovery Weekend

June 22-23, 2019 |  The New York Open Center, NYC
20% off with code CFOL19

This 2-day retreat introduces clinicians and treatment professionals to the Seven Foundations, designed to go where traditional therapy cannot–helping clients to find calm, wholeness, spiritual connection, and to retrieve parts of the soul lost to addiction, illness, and trauma. The retreat maps a rich journey through the healing, transformative powers of Kundalini yoga, nutrition, sound healing, breathwork, meditation, essential oils, ceremonial dance, intention setting, and more. Codirected by Andrew Tatarsky and sponsored by the Center for Optimal Living.

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The Role of Peer Recovery Coaches within a Harm Reduction Framework

June 27, 2019 | 9am-12pm | The Center for Optimal Living, NYC

Who are recovery coaches and what do they do? Can recovery coaches operate within a harm reduction paradigm or do they only coach toward abstinence? Join us for a presentation that outlines basic components of who recovery coaches are, what they do and the peer recovery philosophy that grounds their work, followed by drawing parallels between peer recovery philosophy and the philosophy of harm reduction. The presentation will end with concrete examples of how peer recovery coaches are currently working within the context of a harm reduction framework. We will end the day with time for a Q&A session with the presenters. Breakfast provided | CEs available.

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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