COPAT Committee on Psychoanalysis and Addictions Treatment Spring Lecture Series Countertransferential Dilemmas With Our Addicted Patients (March 24)

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center


COPAT – Committee on Psychoanalysis and Addictions Treatment
Spring Lecture Series

Countertransferential Dilemmas
With Our Addicted Patients

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER – Please note early registration discount!

Saturday March 24, 2012
9:30 am to 1:00 pm

Keeping Your Head When the Patient Is Still Using:

Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy and the Therapist’s Countertransference

Presenter: Andrew Tatarsky, PhD
Discussant: Renée Obstfeld, LCAT, ATR-BC, CASAC

WHEN TREATING EXCESSIVE SUBSTANCE USE and other dangerous behaviors, the therapist’s countertransference can often get in the way. Dr. Tatarsky will discuss both the challenges and opportunities inherent in working with active users. Through clinical case examples, the presenter will demonstrate how an integrative harm reduction approach can help the therapist steer an effective course between either enabling or alienating the patient.

Andrew Tatarsky, PhD, has specialized in the field of substance use treatment for over 30 years. He has developed a treatment for addictive and risky behavior called Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy, described in his bookHarm Reduction Psychotherapy: A New Treatment for Drug and Alcohol Problems. The approach integrates active self-management strategies and the exploration of the multiple meanings of problem behavior within a relational framework. He is the director of the Center for Optimal Living, a treatment and training institute, as well as a founding board member of the Division on Addictions of the New York State Psychological Association, Chairman of the Board of Moderation Management, Clinical Advisor to the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, and on the boards of several harm reduction organizations. Dr. Tatarsky trains nationally and internationally and has a private practice in New York City.

Renée Obstfeld, LCAT, ATR-BC, CASAC, has been practicing art therapy since 1986 with adolescents and adults in hospital, outpatient, and private settings. Her experience includes treatment of chemically dependent people (implementing both abstinence-oriented and harm reduction models), survivors of suicide and other trauma, and people who struggle with eating disorders and other compulsions to self-harm. Currently in private practice, Renée is also an adjunct instructor in the graduate art therapy programs at New York University and the School of Visual Arts. She has recently completed psychoanalytic training at the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center.

First Presbyterian Church of New York City
12 West 12th Street
(at Fifth Avenue)
New York, NY 10011


Breakfast: 9:30 am
Program: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm


For more information, please call PPSC at 212-633-9162 or check our website at

**Certificates of attendance and NYS OASAS CASAC hours will be available.

COPAT is the 2011 recipient of the Caron Award for Educational Excellence.


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