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Psychotherapy & Addictions Series: Harm Reduction Psychotherapy

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Psych Garden

25 Flanders Rd.

Belmont, MA 02478

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Harm Reduction used to be controversial but is now embraced as an essential approach that saves lives and collaboratively engages ambivalent and marginalized clients in recovery processes. By eschewing the abstinence-only stance, and integrating behavioral, motivational, and experiential techniques, Harm Reduction reduces shame and catalyzes positive change. Even though many therapists find an abstinence focus clashes with their contextual appraisal of the patient, they lack a frame to assist a shift from the abstinence orientation. This workshop will update clinicians in Harm reduction Philosophy and teach direct application to psychotherapy.

Harm Reduction frames a suite of psychotherapy practices – setting the treatment contract, building the alliance, working with ambivalence, teaching safer use and moderation approaches, guiding families, and more. Harm reduction is not synonymous with relieving anxiety or doing whatever it takes to keep the client. It involves identifying and partnering in goals that reduce harm and suffering.

Content and Methods: Brief didactic introducing the theme with a discussion of Harm Reduction and gradualistic philosophies and psychotherapies; the role of affect and attachment in addiction; the assumption that patient is trying to do accomplish self-protective and specific with the drug; that there is meaning in attending to the patient’s deep experience in a therapeutic relationship. Experiential exercise to learn ‘unwrapping the urge’, examining and embracing ambivalence and feeling emotions that underlie distinct schemas and goals. Presentation of videotaped session illustrating: working with a patient with strong ambivalence, showing softening of defenses, deepening of affect and transformation of shame to self-compassion and consequently increased motivation and the development of ideal use plan. Discussion of video.

Learning Objectives:
i. Describe how the Harm Reduction approach frames engagement, motivation and therapy.
Ii. Apply mindfulness and experiential techniques to tolerate, identify and deepen emotions.
Iii. Apply moderation techniques in their own practice.

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Belmont, MA 02478

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