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Harm Reduction and Psychedelic Updates and Upcoming Events

News Date: Friday, June 4, 2021 - 09:00

Clinical Updates
Meet Elisa Leimsider, LCSW, our newest team member!  

Elisa is a harm reduction psychotherapist and licensed clinical social worker with many years of experience treating adults with substance misuse and co-occurring mental health disorders. Elisa works collaboratively with her clients through a compassionate and personalized approach with a focus on harnessing clients' strengths and inner resources as the pathway to change. READ MORE

June 22, July 27, August 24, September 28, October 26, November 30
  7 PM to 8:15 PM (EST) Live Online Meeting

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Group led by Kevin Braga, LCSW

Wednesdays, 4 to 5:30 PM (EST)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) helps individuals who would like to improve their ability to manage emotions, tolerate distress and communicate more effectively with others. Clients in the DBT group will learn valuable skills such as mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness techniques that can be applied in daily life and have been shown to have long-lasting effects in the treatment of addiction.
To learn more about these groups or our other harm reduction group offerings, click here.  Please contact Alyssa Walsh, our Clinical Coordinator, at to make a referral or to get more information about joining our groups.  

Upcoming Events
Wednesdays from 12 to 2:30 pm EST,  Starting Sept 15th
Our 15-week Level 2 Certificate Program offers an intensive immersion in the principles, theories, and practical application of integrative harm reduction psychotherapy (IHRP) for those who completed one of our Level 1 trainings online or in-person or equivalent training and professional experience.
 This training provides 30 hours of continuing education for social workers.
Contact with any questions.
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 June 9th, 6 PM - 8 PM (EST)

Moderated by: Vilmarie Fraguada Narloch, PsyD, Sana Healing Center

Panelists: Camara Meri Rajabari, AMFT, Sage Institute/ Rebecca Kronman, LCSW, Fluence / Sara Reed, LMFT, Mind Health Solutions

This panel will explore the complexities and nuances of supporting psychedelic preparation and integration. Psychedelic states present a challenge for clinicians and other healing practitioners because of the atypical, expansive, and unpredictable nature of the psychedelic process.  This panel will also be reviewing techniques, strategies, and encouraged practices used within psychedelic integration while also acknowledging that the clinical setting must be done in conjunction with other modes of community support. Psychedelic harm reduction will also be covered as a crucial aspect of supporting people through these experiences.
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June 30th, 6 - 8 pm EST

Moderator: Kaylie Tejeda DNAP, CRNA

Panelists: Melanie Malloy MD, Ph.D., Dominique Morisano Ph.D./ Gita Vaid MD, CPsych

Ketamine treatment is currently entering a phase of popularity and increased promotion. There are many reports of significant success with ketamine in the treatment of depression, substance use issues, and trauma. But the speed of its increasing popularity seems to have left behind the discussion of risks, pitfalls, and possible negative outcomes. This panel will be reviewing the benefits, necessary accompanying protocols, and potentially harmful outcomes from a clinical and social perspective. Best practices for clinicians wishing to support clients receiving ketamine treatment will also be reviewed.

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To learn more about the Center for Optimal Living and our approach, visit this site. 
You can also get more information about upcoming events and training offered at the Center here
We hope to connect with you again in the near future and wish you all the best.

The Center for Optimal Living Events Team


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