Friday, September 11, 2009

New Developments in Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy (IHRP)

Talk Presented to The Harm Reduction and Mental Health Project
By Andrew Tatarsky, PhD

September 25, 2009
3:00-4:30 PM

New York University
6 Washington Place
Room 551, NYC

Since my last writing I have been doing an increased amount of training around the US and overseas in Poland, Austria, Chile and Ukraine. These experiences have facilitated the evolution of my thinking about IHRP and well as introduced me to some amazing like-minded colleagues around the world.

In this meeting I will share some of these experiences to give participants an update on the state of harm reduction therapy around the world. I will also share with you recent developments in my own thinking and work.

This workshop will outline my approach to Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy. IHRD is based on a multifaceted view of problem substance use as reflecting the interplay of biology, personal and interpersonal dynamics and social context. IHRD integrates a relational psychoanalytic approach with
active skills building to support positive changes in substance use and related issues.

We will explore:

  • A psychobiosocial process view of addiction
  • The multiple meanings of substance use as points of engagement
  • How to use these ideas to create a collaborative, negotiated therapeutic alliance
  • IHRD’s 7 therapeutic tasks with emphasis on process and technique

I look forward to a spirited sharing of experiences….

Dr. Andrew Tatarsky has specialized in the field of substance use treatment for over 25 years as supervisor, program director, trainer and author. He holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from the City University of New York and is a candidate in New York University’s Post-doctoral program. Co-Director of Harm Reduction Psychotherapy and Training Associates; founding board member, Division on Addictions of NYSPA, and founding board member, Association for Harm Reduction Therapy. His book, Harm Reduction Psychotherapy: A New Treatment for Drug and Alcohol Problems, has been published in the United States and Poland. Dr. Tatarsky is in private practice in New York City and trains nationally and internationally.

When: September 25, 2009; 3:00-4:30 PM

Where: New York University, 6 Washington Place, Room 551, NYC

The members of the Harm Reduction and Mental Health Project organizing committee are: Michele Stocknoff, LMSW (, Kathryn Grooms, LMSW
(, and Scott Kellogg, PhD (

Scott Kellogg, PhD
Department of Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
New York University
6 Washington Place, Room 403
New York, NY 10003

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