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 info@cfol.org 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.
Training Modules:
Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy
Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy with Families + Couples
Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Consultation for Mental Health Providers
Inner Awareness + Self-Compassion
Mindfulness for Stress Reduction
Out of Control Sexual Behavior & Drug Addiction
Psychedelics 101 + 102
Scientific Revolution in Addiction Treatment: From Disease Model to Psychobiosocial Model

Upcoming Workshops & Events

Monthly Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Consultation Group

Rolling Deadline | Fridays 12:15 to 1:45 pm |  The Center for Optimal Living

Dr. Tatarsky is leading a monthly Consultation Group focused on IHRP for the full spectrum of risky and addictive behavior. This group is ideal for mental health and substance use practitioners who completed our 3-day training or Certificate Program in IHRP or those with comparable harm reduction psychotherapy training and clinical experience. The group will consist of didactics, case presentations, and a review of selected readings. Group members will also have an opportunity to share their current cases.  Meetings will be held monthly on Fridays. Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis through December 20, 2019. 2019-20 dates are: October 4, November 1, December 20, January 10, February 7, March 6, April 3, May 1, and June 5. To apply, please follow the link below. For more information, contact Drew Allen at 212-213-8905 x105 or dallen@cfol.org.

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Optimal Living Talk: The Paradigm Shift + IHRP

January 23, 2020 | 12:00-2:00 pm | Center for Optimal Living

Following an overview of the paradigm shift in our field and a discussion of compassionate pragmatism as a core harm reduction principle, Dr. Tatarsky will provide an introduction to essential elements of integrative harm reduction psychotherapy (IHRP). Discussions will explore how IHRP can be utilized as a framework to set up effective, collaborative, and compassionate helping relationships for the spectrum of risky behaviors.

There will be opportunities for Q + A. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

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Optimal Living Talks: Embodied Mindfulness- Somatic Practices for Pain + Addictive Behaviors

February 28, 2020 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm | Center for Optimal Living

Join Dr. Jenifer Talley and Jill Satterfield for a day-long training focused on the intersection of pain and problematic behaviors such as substance misuse. There will also be an overview of integrative harm reduction psychotherapy principles and practices. Through guided experiential components, lively discussion and Q+A, this workshop will explore a variety of skillful means to work with the body and mind to heal the heart.

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ONLINE Monthly Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Consultation Group with Dr. Andrew Tatarsky + Dr. Jenifer Talley

Starts January 6, 2020 | Mondays 1:30-3 pm | Meetings will be online using Zoom

Dr. Andrew Tatarsky and Dr. Jenifer Talley are starting a monthly ONLINE harm reduction psychotherapy consultation group in 2020. The consultation group will focus on clinical issues and challenges, case presentations, and review of harm reduction psychotherapy principles. Group members will also have an opportunity to share their current cases. This group is ideal for mental health and substance use practitioners who completed our 3-day training or Certificate Program in IHRP OR those with comparable harm reduction psychotherapy training and clinical experience. Meetings will be held monthly and participants are encouraged to commit to attending all 6 meetings to ensure the best training experience: January 6, February 3, March 2, April 6, May 4 and June 1, from 1:30-3pm. For more information, contact Drew Allen at 212-213-8905 x105 or dallen@cfol.org.

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ONLINE Harm Reduction Certificate Program with Dr. Andrew Tatarsky + Dr. Jenifer Talley

ON HOLD

Our Certificate Program offers an intensive immersion in the principles, theories, and practical application of harm reduction psychotherapy. Classes are co-taught by Dr. Andrew Tatarsky, the developer of Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy (IHRP) and Dr. Jenifer Talley, a close collaborator in its continuing evolution. Special guest speakers also contribute to the class and offers students the opportunity to engage with experts in the field.
Please stay tuned for additional updates about when this program will be offered. Join waitlist here.

Psychotherapy Networker Symposium

March 22, 2020 | Washington, DC

Dr. Tatarsky will lead a daylong workshop, You Don’t Need to Be a Specialist to Treat Addiction:  An Integrative Harm Reduction Approach, focused on addressing the misinformation and pervasive stereotypes that have led many therapists to believe only an addiction specialist can treat these challenging issues.  This workshop offers a biopsychosocial model for understanding and an integrative harm reduction approach to working with these behaviors that you can incorporate into any practice.

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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