Addressing the Roadblocks to Change
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. You’ll discover:
- How addictive behavior reflects the interplay of biology, meaning, habit, and social context, and how to address these elements in therapy
- Seven therapeutic tasks that combine relational, CBT, and mindfulness interventions to help people change addictive behaviors
- Effective strategies for treatment, including Urge Surfing, Unwrapping the Urge, Microanalysis, Embracing Ambivalence, Decisional Balance, and the Ideal Use Plan
- How to implement the harm-reduction stance in treatment
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.