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Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) with Dr. Robert Meyers: Working Effectively with Families

Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Wolff Conference Room, Room D1103, Albert and Vera List Academic Center, 1103 6 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003, Room D1103

Join Dr. Robert Meyers for a special three-day training in NYC on the Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) approach to helping families identify practical and highly-effective ways to move their loved one toward treatment, while simultaneously improving their own lives. During the second half of the 3rd training day, Dr. Andrew Tatarsky and Dr. Jenifer Talley will provide an introduction to Dr. Tatarsky's integrative harm reduction psychotherapy (IHRP) model for treating problematic substance use and other addictive behaviors that emphasizes collaboration, empowerment, and compassion to promote healing and positive change.

Supported by 20 years of peer-reviewed research, CRAFT is a comprehensive behavioral program that teaches families to optimize their impact while avoiding confrontation or detachment. CRAFT methods are evidence-based and provide families with a hopeful, positive, and more effective alternative to addressing substance problems than other intervention programs.

CRAFT is very successful with treatment-refusing alcohol and drug abusers:

  • Across a number of clinical research studies, CRAFT consistently gets 64%-86% of cases into treatment, typically after only five sessions.
  • In comparative studies, CRAFT treatment engagement is significantly higher than the Johnson Intervention (30%) and Al-Anon (0%-17%).
  • CRAFT’s efficacy has been shown with ethnically-diverse client populations and with other individuals in a variety of types of relationships with the substance abuser (spouse, parent, adult, child, sibling, partner, grandparent, etc.).
  • Regardless of whether a family member’s loved one enters treatment, the family member typically feels less depressed, anxious, angry, and has fewer physical symptoms than before treatment.

To understand...
1. How to enhance family member’s motivation.
2. The functional analysis of the substance abuser’s problem behavior.
3. Communication skills training for family members.
4. Judicious use of positive reinforcement.
5. Use of negative consequences for substance using behavior.
6. Domestic violence precautions.
7. Enrichment of family member’s own lives.
8. The treatment invitation for the substance abuser.

Hosted by The New School for Social Research's Concentration in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling featuring The Center for Optimal Living.

About the Presenters

Robert Meyers, PhD, is an Emeritus Research Associate Professor of Psychology who worked in the clinical research branch at the University of New Mexico's Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addiction for over 22 years. Dr. Meyers is the winner of the 2002 Dan Anderson Research Award from the Hazelden Foundation and the 2003 Young Investigator Award from the Research Society on Alcoholism. He has published over 100 scientific articles and co-authored 5 books on addiction, including Get Your Loved One Sober: Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading, and Threatening and Motivating Substance Abusers to Enter Treatment: Working with Family Members. Recently, he co-authored Coming Home: A Warrior's Guide with Dr. William R. Miller. Dr. Meyers has been in the addiction field for over 40 years.

Andrew Tatarsky, PhD, is a clinicial psychologist and an internationally recognized leader in the treatment of substance misuse and other potentially risky behaviors. He has specialized in the treatment of addiction for 30 years as a counselor, psychologist, program director, trainer, advocate and author. He has devoted his career to developing a comprehensive understanding of the broad spectrum of substance use problems and an integrative harm reduction psychotherapy approach to treating this spectrum. This treatment is described in his book, Harm Reduction Psychotherapy: A New Treatment for Drug and Alcohol Problems, and several professional papers and book chapters that extend the approach. Dr. Tatarsky is Founder and Director of the Center for Optimal Living, where treatment and professional training is based on Integrative Harm Reduction Therapy (IHRP).

Jenifer Talley, PhD, is the Assistant Director of The Center for Optimal Living and Assistant Professor at The New School for Social Research. Dr. Talley is a clinical psychologist who specializes in the treatment of trauma and co-occurring substance misuse. She is the Assistant Director of the Concentration in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling at the New School for Social Research where she participates in the training and supervision of graduate students in psychology. Together with Dr. Tatarsky, Dr. Talley developed and co-teaches the Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Certificate Program at The New School for Social Research.

Note: The New School for Social Research's Department of Psychology SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0199. This training provides 18 hours of continuing education. This training has also been approved to provide 18 hours of continuing education credits for CASACs by The Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). 

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Full Registration (General Admission for 3/10, 3/11, 3/12): $500.00 (+$28.49 FEE) Full Registration (New School Alumni, Students & Faculty): $400.00 (+$22.99 FEE) Day Pass (General Admission- select only if attending 3/10): $200.00 (+$11.99 FEE) Day Pass (General Admission- select only if attending 3/11): $200.00 (+$11.99 FEE) Day Pass Note: We highly recommend that you attend all 3 days; however, if you are only able to attend a portion of the training, please contact us before purchasing this ticket option [day pass option].

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