Addiction is one of the most challenging, complex and tragic problems that affects all of us and enters all of our clinical practices. Yet traditional abstinence-only treatments have not been helpful to the vast majority of people struggling with these issues and most clinicians have not received adequate training in this area.
Dr. Tatarsky’s Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy (IHRP) provides a framework for effective therapy with people along the entire spectrum of risky and addictive behavior. The harm reduction shift starts where people are, embraces the full range of positive change goals including increasing safety, moderation and abstinence and emphasizes collaboration between the provider and consumer/patient. IHRP brings a harm reduction orientation to psychotherapy and substance use treatment settings. Drawing on relational, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness therapies, IHRP techniques are uniquely tailored to each person
This workshop is an introduction to IHRP that will cover basic definitions, history, theory and the clinical rationale for harm reduction psychotherapy. Special attention will be given to the relation between trauma, dissociation, problems with self-regulation and addiction. IHRP’s seven therapeutic tasks will be explored: Managing the Therapeutic Alliance, Relationship as Healing Agent, Enhancing Self-Management Skills, Assessment as Treatment, Embracing Ambivalence, Harm Reduction Goal Setting and Individualized Plans for Positive Change. The workshop will combine didactic lectures and discussion, case presentations and demonstrations of specific techniques. Participants are encouraged to bring their most challenging case vignettes for discussion
Andrew Tatarsky, Ph.D., is founder and Director of the Center for Optimal Living in NYC, a treatment and professional training center based on Integrative Harm Reduction Therapy (IHRP). Author of Harm Reduction Psychotherapy: A New Treatment for Drug and Alcohol Problems, Dr. Tatarsky is the developer of IHRP and an internationally recognized leader in the treatment of substance use disorders and other risky behaviors. He is founder and Professor of Clinical Practice in the One Year Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Certificate Program at the New School for Social Research, faculty in the Advanced Specialization in Family and Couple Therapy at New York University, President of the Division on Addiction of New York State Psychological Association, Clinical Advisor to the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services of New York State. For more information, please visit centerforoptimalliving.com.This program has been approved for CEU credits by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work. Adelphi University School of Social Work is an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0032. *According to NYSED, in order to award social work clock hours; “When you offer a multi-day or multi-part course/educational activity, the learner must complete all parts in order to earn the certificate for contact hours, in the same way that a student must complete a semester-long course to receive college credit. You may not award partial credit for a program, even a one-day program, if the learner does not complete all requirements at that time.”*