Harm Reduction

Harm Reduction Psychotherapy

The MHSAC training program is based on the principles of integrative harm reduction, a model of addressing substance misuse and other risky behaviors that has been developed by G.A. Marlatt, PhD, Patt Denning, PhD, and Andrew Tatarsky, PhD, among others.  Inherent to this model is an understanding that substance misuse and other risky behaviors are due to a complex interaction of biological, psychological, and social/relational factors. The focus is on providing a compassionate, acceptance-based and non-judgmental environment from which to explore the multiple meanings of the addictive behaviors and to develop a way to “meet the individual where he/she is” in terms of their unique strengths and motivations for change.  This approach supports the development of self-regulation skills to reduce risk and promote positive change. 


In the spirit of promoting harm reduction and enhancing positive change, the MHSAC will be collaborating with The New School University’s Student Health Services to provide a Brief Alcohol and Screening Intervention for College Students (BASICS).  Central to this approach is the desire to cultivate a non-judgmental awareness of drinking patterns and to develop ways to reduce risk and enhance well-being.  This is a two-session, motivational interviewing approach that has been shown to be effective in engaging college students to explore their alcohol use and develop ways to minimize the negative consequences associated with drinking while in college.

For more information about the BASICS program at The New School, or to schedule an appointment to learn more about your alcohol use, please contact:

Email: basics@newschool.edu
Phone: 347.927.0420