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Thu, Sep 21


Virtual via Zoom

Harm Reduction Psychotherapy [HRPT]: A Holistic Journey in Radical Love

$60 per person / 4 CEs. HRPT dares us to see clients as unbroken and undiseased; clinicians as knowledgeable and biased; and both clients & clinicians as needing to undo much of what we’ve learned about addiction, people who use drugs (PWUD), and their treatment.

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Harm Reduction Psychotherapy [HRPT]: A Holistic Journey in Radical Love
Harm Reduction Psychotherapy [HRPT]: A Holistic Journey in Radical Love

Time & Location

Sep 21, 2023, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM MDT

Virtual via Zoom

About the Event

Enveloping both the clinician and the client in radical love, HRPT is a way of being with clients in wellness and positive conversation.  It is a practice in pragmatism and creativity, a partnership between all parties creating possibilities for positive change.  Finally, HRPT says, “meet people where they’re at…and don’t leave them there.”

In this workshop, we will explore the concepts of HRPT which blends the views of social justice with self-determination theory, and humanism integrated with holistic health.  HRPT is a comprehensive view of a client which focuses more on their abilities than their needs.  We will also explore the 4 Tent Pegs of HRPT: Motivational Interviewing, Stages of Change Theory (TTM), Drug/Set/Setting, and Self Determination Theory.  At the same time, we will confront our own uncomfortableness around risky behaviors – especially drug use – which can undermine our well-meaning work with clients.

Dee-Dee Stout has degrees in Business, Psychology, Human Sexuality & a Master’s in Health Counseling, along with numerous certifications and extended training in many areas of health. A member of the international Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) for nearly 20 years, she is also a founding member of the new CA Association of Harm Reduction Therapists (CAHRT) begun by Dr. Patt Denning (author, “Practicing Harm Reduction Psychotherapy”, 2nd ed). After more than 35 years in the addictions field, Dee-Dee has conducted over 1000 trainings, talks, classes, conference keynotes, presentations, and more. During her 30-year teaching career, she has developed and taught numerous addiction studies courses for several Bay Area Universities as well as for addiction healthcare providers such as Kaiser Permanente. Finally, Dee-Dee always brings her lived experiences of addiction/mental health and now autism to everything she does along with her wicked sense of humor. She is also the author of “Coming to Harm Reduction Kicking & Screaming,” and is working on its second edition with writer Joe Clifford.


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