From Public Health to Addiction Treatment: Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy (IHRP) for the Full Spectrum of Addictive and Risky Behavior

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Training Details

Event Dates and Timeframe
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 08:00 AM until 09:00 AM
Location and Delivery Method
Delivery Method
Online / Web Delivered
Support Website
Cost Range

Host And Instructor

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Psychiatry & Behavioral Health Learning Network
Andrew Tatarsky Founder/Director, Center for Optimal Living

Training Overview Description

More than one-third of Americans struggle with problematic substance use and other risky or addictive behavior. Most are ambivalent about changing these behaviors and most do not want to stop them. This workshop will introduce a psychobiosocial process model for understanding these complex behaviors and integrative harm reduction approach (IHRP) to engaging and supporting positive change in people in all stages of change and toward all positive-change goals. This work can be adapted to all who are in helping roles with others. You will learn skills and strategies that you can begin using immediately in your work.

Event-specific Details

Upon completion of this webinar, attendees will be know:

  • How addictive behavior reflects the interplay of biology, meaning, habit, and social context
  • Why the harm reduction stance of “meeting people where they are” is often essential to effective helping
  • Seven therapeutic tasks combining relational, CBT and mindfulness interventions to help people change addictive behaviors
  • Strategies include: Empathic Listening and Reflection, Urge Surfing, Unwrapping the Urge, Microanalysis, Embracing Ambivalence, Decisional Balance, and the Ideal-Use Plan


Andrew Tatarsky, Founder/Director, Center for Optimal Living,
New York, NY

Andrew developed Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy (IHRP) for the spectrum of risky and addictive behavior. IHRP brings psychoanalysis, CBT and mindfulness together in a harm reduction frame. IHRP has been described in his book, Harm Reduction Psychotherapy: A New Treatment for Drug and Alcohol Problems, and a series of papers. He is Founder and Director of the Center for Optimal Living NYC, a treatment and training center based on IHRP. Founding board member, Division on Addiction of New York State Psychological Association, Advisor to the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports. Andrew has trained in 18 countries.

Behavioral Health/Mental Illness
Chronic Alcoholism and Other Substance Related Disorders
All Administrative Support Services
All Behavioral Health / Social
All Direct Support Services/Care Givers
All Health Care
All Substance Abuse

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