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A Harm-Reduction Approach to Addictions

More than one-third of Americans struggle with problematic substance use and other risky or addictive behaviors, but they often have a great deal of ambivalence about changing them. Even with clients whose issues are mild on the severity spectrum, it’s difficult getting to the heart of the complex reasons, unique to each person, for this roadblock to change.
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Faculty:
Andrew Tatarsky
Duration:
1 Hour 52 Minutes
Format:
Audio and Video
Copyright:
Mar 21, 2019

Description

More than one-third of Americans struggle with problematic substance use and other risky or addictive behaviors, but they often have a great deal of ambivalence about changing them.

Even with clients whose issues are mild on the severity spectrum, it’s difficult getting to the heart of the complex reasons, unique to each person, for this roadblock to change.

This workshop offers a comprehensive psychobiosocial model for understanding and working with these behaviors through Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy (IHRP), which can be immediately incorporated into your practice.

Handouts

Outline

Introduction

  • Addiction as a Dilemma
  • Valerie Case Study

Compassionate Pragmatism

  • Compassion
  • Pragmatism

Harm Reduction Principles

  • Curiosity, Respect, Acceptance
  • Small Incremental Change
  • Collaboration
  • Public Health/Medical Harm Reduction

Challenges & Diversity of People with Risky & Addictive Behavior

  • Clinical Challenges
  • Limitations in the U.S.
  • The Tyranny of “Abstinence-Only”
  • Motivational Stages of Change
  • Scientific Revolution/Paradigm Shift

Theoretical Models

  • Multiple Meanings Model
  • Relational Psychoanalysis & Meaning
  • Cyclical Psychodynamics
  • Psychobiosocial Model

Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy

  • Seven Therapeutic Tasks of IHRP

Faculty

A Harm-Reduction Approach to Addictions

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Andrew Tatarsky, PhD, is developer of IHRP and author of Harm Reduction Psychotherapy: A New Treatment for Drug and Alcohol Problems. He’s founder and director of the Center for Optimal Living, a treatment and professional training center based on IHRP.