Integrative Harm Reduction Approach to Treating Substance Misuse

par Dr. Andrew Tatarsky, Psychologist

Excerpt from the course: Scientific Revolution


  • 6h of continuing education
  • 35 lessons that last from 5 to 15 minutes each
  • 1 certificate of achievement
  • 1 power-point
  • 1 bibliography
  • 1 course evaluation

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Overview

Accumulating evidence is moving us away from moral, criminal and reductive disease models toward understanding substance use as a psychobiosocial process with multiple dimensions and individual variations. This shift calls for a personalized, integrative harm reduction psychotherapy for problematic substance users. Dr. Tatarsky will discuss the limitations of the dominant disease model and abstinence-only recovery narrative and introduce the psychobiosocial model of addiction and IHRP based on it. IHRP integrates harm reduction principles into psychotherapy and substance use treatment. It combines relational psychoanalytic, cognitive behavioral and mindfulness techniques in a harm reduction frame to support positive change in substance use and related issues. IHRP’s seven therapeutic tasks will be described: managing the therapeutic alliance with harm reduction listening, the relationship as agent of healing, enhancing self-regulation and self-management skills, assessment as treatment, embracing ambivalence, harm reduction goal setting and personalized planning for positive change. Specific skills and strategies that participants can begin using immediately will be demonstrated. Given that Canada is moving toward legalizing marijuana (MJ), the workshop will give special attention to understanding the potential benefits and risks associated with MJ and the application of IHRP to develop ideal relationships with MJ.

About the expert

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Dr. Andrew Tatarsky has developed Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy (IHRP) for treating the spectrum of risky and addictive behavior. IHRP brings psychoanalysis, CBT and mindfulness together in a harm reduction frame. The therapy has been described in his book, Harm Reduction Psychotherapy: A New Treatment for Drug and Alcohol Problems, and a series of papers. Dr. Tatarsky holds a PhD in clinical psychology from the City University of New York and is a graduate of New York University’s Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. He is Founder and Director of the Center for Optimal Living in NYC, a treatment and training center; founding member and Past-President, Division on Addiction of New York State Psychological Association, and Member of the Medical and Clinical Advisory Boards of the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. Dr. Tatarsky has trained professionals in harm reduction, nationally and internationally.

Learning objectives

  • Identify four of the seven therapeutic tasks of Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy.
  • Define the psychobiosocial process model of addiction. 

  • Learn the four core harm reduction engagement skills: empathic listening, collaborative inquiry with an alliance around compassionate curiosity, empathic reflection and checking in with therapeutic humility.
  • Learn “urge-surfing”, a technique for interrupting addictive urges and action to facilitate healing, growth and positive behavior change. This brings mindfulness and breath to the urge enabling pause,

Learning material

A theoretical training illustrated with clinical examples. This training is composed of videos of 5 to 15 minutes each. The power-point of the training to download.

Summary

  • Powerpoint
  • Handouts
  • About Marijuana

  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Scientific Revolution
  • 3. Marijuana Accounts, Addiction and Medical
  • 4. Define Marijuana
  • 5. Medical Marijuana
  • 6. Ten Perspectives on Marijuana
  • 7. Questions from the public
  • The need for a new paradigm

  • 8. Our Challenge- How can we make treatment more appealing for people
  • 9. Harm Reduction Embodies Compassionate Pragmatism
  • 10. Harm Reduction as Engagement Strategy
  • 11. Questions from the public 2
  • 12. Stages of Change
  • 13. We need a new model for understanding substance misuse to inform more effective treatment
  • About addiction

  • 14. Define Addiction
  • 15. Moral modal, criminal modal, Many meanings
  • 16. Trauma
  • 17. Learning and Spirituality
  • 18. Social context and Psychobiosocial Model
  • 19. Valerie's case
  • 20. Questions from the public 3
  • How harm reduction pscychotherapy works and how to use it?

  • 21. Harm Reduction Psychotherapy
  • 22. Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Domains
  • 23. Seven Therapeutic Tasks of IHRP
  • 24. Managing the Therapeutic Alliance
  • 25. Enhancing Self-regulation Skills
  • 26. Question from the public 4
  • 27. The Urge is the Axis of Change
  • 28. Questions from the public 5
  • 29. Urge Surfing Exercise
  • 30. Assessment as Treatment
  • 31. Exercice about Urge surfing
  • 32. Embracing Ambivalence
  • 33. Goal Setting
  • 34. Ideal Use Plan
  • 35. Questions from the public 6
  • Bibliography


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Audience

This training is intended for all professionnals working in mental health

Registration

  • 6h of continuing education
  • 35 lessons that last from 5 to 15 minutes each
  • 1 certificate of achievement
  • 1 power-point
  • 1 bibliography
  • 1 course evaluation

110.00€

Unlimited access for 4 months
7-day money back guarantee


Individual registration

Group rate

Unlimited access for 4 months
7-day money back guarantee


Group registration

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