A research lab within the Psychology department at the New School for Social Research in New York City
The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.
- Dorothy Parker
The center for Harm Reduction Training is a collaborative project of the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling program and the New School University's Student Health Services. Our aim is to provide training in substance abuse treatment as well as serve the larger New School community.
The Concentration in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling (MHSAC) allows students who are enrolled in the General Psychology Master’s Program at the New School for Social Research (NSSR) the option to gain knowledge and experience related to the treatment of substance misuse and other risky behaviors.
Technically, our lab defines boredom as a state of cognitive and affective discomfort, arising from attentional constraint to uninteresting and under-stimulating situations. We explore a variety of research topics with regard boredom and how it possibly relates to different types of psychopathology.
Our clinical program is one of the few that combine a psychoanalytic emphasis with adherence to the scientist-practitioner model. We learn to integrate research and practice in a meaningful way. and to view the activities of conducting research and engaging in clinical practice as mutually enhancing in nature.