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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 behaviours, 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 behaviours through Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy (IHRP), which can be immediately incorporated into your practice.


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Andrew Tatarsky
1 Hour 52 Minutes
Audio and Video
Mar 22, 2019
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Digital Recordings - Also available: DVD



This online program is worth 2.0 hours CPD.



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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.

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1. Assess how addictive behaviour reflects the interplay of biology, meaning, habit, and social context, and the implications for treatment.

2. Explain why the harm-reduction stance of “meeting people where they are” is essential to effective treatment.

3. Describe seven therapeutic tasks combining relational, CBT, and mindfulness interventions to help people change addictive behaviours.

4. Use strategies to address risky behaviours in session, including Urge Surfing, Unwrapping the Urge, Microanalysis, Embracing Ambivalence, Decisional Balance, and the Ideal Use Plan.



  • 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 Behaviour

  • 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

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Behavioral Health Professionals



Overall:      4.5

Total Reviews: 451


Carol S

"Helpful content and well presented"

Samantha R

"no comments to provide"

Anna P

"I wish we could have seen the slides along with the presentation"

Chelsea H

"great presenter"

Julie P

"I was very impressed with the knowledge gained through this seminar using an Informed Approach to Harm Reduction Therapy. Much insight was gained through the speakers multicontextualized model on HRT, especially from a Strength-Based and Empowerment Paradigm Shift Perspective. Would highly recommend this seminar to my colleagues. "

Paula C

"Very helpful and well articulated seminar"

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