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Department of Psychology
The New School for Social Research
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New York, NY 10011
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Beth Israel Center Coordinator
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This noncredit professional certificate program offers licensed and license-eligible mental health and substance abuse students and practitioners specialized training in the theory and application of harm reduction psychotherapy. Certificate participants will gain knowledge and practical skills to enhance their credentials and further their careers in this field.
Classes for this program are co-taught by
Dr. Andrew Tatarsky, the developer of Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy (IHRP), and
Dr. Jenifer Talley, a close collaborator in its continuing evolution. They are Founder/Director and Assistant Director, respectively, at
The Center for Optimal Living, an outpatient treatment and professional training center in New York City based on IHRP. Guest lecturers (to be announced) with expertise in specific topics will teach several classes throughout the year. In addition, individual and group supervision from harm reduction experts is available for those who are interested.
Applications are being accepted now; the deadline to apply is August 15, 2015.
To be eligible for this program, applicants must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in psychology or a related field of study, be a CASAC or CASAC-T (Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor), or be in the process of obtaining an advanced degree in psychology, social work, or medicine. Students who have completed at least one year in a doctoral program in clinical psychology or who have finished The New School’s MA Concentration in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling are also eligible to apply. Tuition for the two-course program is $3,000 plus $160 in university fees.
New School alumni are eligible for a 25 percent tuition discount for this certificate program.
Classes will be offered from 6:00 to 7:50 p.m. on Wednesdays in the fall and spring semesters.
Classes will start on September 16, 2015.
For more information about this program, please email Dr. Jenifer Talley at
program is designed for psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers,
graduate students, CASACs, LMHCs, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and
those working in harm reduction settings to gain knowledge about the
theory and application of integrative harm reduction psychotherapy
(IHRP). We provide a comprehensive framework for conceptualizing and
treating substance misuse and co-occurring disorders from an integrative
harm reduction perspective. IHRP brings a harm reduction orientation to
mental health and substance abuse treatment settings and a clinical
treatment orientation to harm reduction settings. Offered through the Department of Psychology at The New School for Social Research,
the certificate is made up of a two-course sequence. The first course
is offered in the fall and the second during the spring, each course
meeting weekly for two hours over 12 weeks. Students are taught by
intensively trained professionals in harm reduction psychotherapy and
will learn the theoretical foundation and practical application of this
The curriculum includes lectures, experiential exercises such as
role-play, case conferences, and opportunities for clinical supervision,
along with direct contact with field experts. Those who successfully
complete both courses will receive a Certificate of Completion.
This program is open to advanced doctoral students in clinical psychology and graduates of the MA program’s concentration in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling who are eligible for a 25 percent discount on tuition as well.
New School for Social Research's Department of Psychology SW CPE is
recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for
Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed
social workers #0199. Our program provides 48 hours of continuing
education. This program has also been approved to provide 48 hours of
continuing education credits for CASACs by the Office of Alcoholism and
Substance Abuse Services (OASAS).
Those who complete the program will gain expertise in the following areas:
Who is eligible to apply to the Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Certificate Program?
encourage psychologists, social workers, psychiatric nurse
practitioners, psychiatrists, CASACs and CASAC-T’s, LMHC’s, those who
have a bachelor’s degree in psychology or related fields of study, and
individuals working in harm reduction centers to apply.
What topics are covered in this course?We
cover a wide range of topics pertaining to epidemiology, assessment,
treatment, theory, and sociocultural and policy issues associated with
substance use and misuse. We also discuss behavioral issues such as
overeating, shopping/spending, gambling, sex, and self-injury, among
How do I apply?Click here to complete the application form and contact Dr. Jenifer Talley at email@example.com with any questions.
How much does it cost?Each semester
costs $1,500 plus $80 in fees. Students will be provided with a link to
register for the program online and will pay for each semester
separately (e.g., the fee for the fall semester is due in September and
the fee for the spring semester is due in January). Since it is a
noncredit program, we are unable to provide financial aid.
All New School students and alumni are eligible for a 25 percent tuition discount.
Where and when are the classes offered?For
the 2015-2016 year, classes will be held on Wednesdays from 6:00 to
7:50 p.m. at The New School for Social Research (6 East 16th Street,
NYC). There are 12 class meetings each semester.
Will I receive continuing education credits for this program?Yes;
this program has been approved for 48 hours of continuing education
credits for CASACs by OASAS (Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse
We have submitted an application to offer continuing education
credits for social workers through NYSED (New York State Education
Department) and will update our website once we have obtained formal
Clinicians who have this specialized training will no longer need to
refer clients to other providers for treatment of substance use
disorders and can offer harm reduction psychotherapy services as part of
their practice. Knowledge gained through this program can be adapted
and applied to a variety of other clinical settings, such as psychiatric
hospitals, outpatient and inpatient treatment programs, substance abuse
treatment centers, public health and advocacy agencies, harm reduction
centers, and private practice.