Winter 2014 Events

Happy New Year from the Center For Optimal Living!

We are looking forward to the new year as we are continuing to expand our therapeutic services for the treatment of substance use problems and other risky and addictive behaviors. As we look back at 2013, we expanded our services to help family members when a loved one is having problem with drugs and alcohol by offering monthly Family Informational Meetings. These meetings will continue in 2014 and we will continue to explore ways we can help family members. We also hosted a series of professional workshops and trainings to teach practitioners like you, an integrative harm reduction approach to treating addiction and risky behaviors. We will continue to expand our professional training activities to include a monthly Supervision and Training group.

We hope you have a great new year and we look forward in seeing you!

Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Training & Supervision Group Starts Wednesday, February 5th, 2pm-3:30pm

Dr. Andrew Tatarsky will be leading a Training & Supervision group that will focus on Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy (IHRP) for the full spectrum of risky and addictive behavior (substance use, sex, eating, cutting, shopping, etc.).
The group welcomes mental health practitioners and substance use practitioners (e.g. Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors) that have some knowledge and experience with harm reduction. The group will meet once a month from February to July 2014.

Celebrating The Latino Community:
A Town Hall Meeting for Service Providers February 21st, 6pm to 8pm at The New School FREE EVENT

This event is a first step in bringing together mental health and substance use treatment providers who care for Latino communities. Our hope is to begin a collaborative process of building a network of providers working with the Latino population for mutual support and to better understand what their needs are. We are particularly interested in exploring the relevance of harm reduction approaches to these issues. Together, we will celebrate Latino communities and those who serve their mental health and substance use issues. The evening will include opportunities to network and a town hall-style discussion of what is needed to better serve these communities.

Incorporating Mindfulness into Practice: A Training for Clinicians March 8th at The New School
$75 (regular), $25 (graduate students)

Dr. Jenifer Talley will be leading a day-long workshop designed for clinicians and graduate students in the fields of psychology, social work, substance counseling, and medicine who wish to learn the practical application of mindfulness skills.

Working Effectively with Opioid Users and Strategies to Prevent Overdose March 14th, 12pm to 2pm, at The New School

In collaboration with the New School for Social Research, Dr. Jenifer Talley will be hosting a panel discussion on opiates and overdose prevention for students and professionals.

“We Don’t Treat Brains, We Treat People.” Behavioral Health News Article by Dr. Andrew Tatarsky

Dr. Tatarsky’s article in the Winter 2014 Edition of Behavioral Health News reviews the current state of substance use and mental illness prevention and treatment services and reviews several broad categories of suffering that render people vulnerable to problematic substance use.

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