Year: 2010 Source: Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session, v.66, no.2, (2010), p.123-135 SIEC No: 20100092

Harm reduction is a new paradigm that seeks to reduce the harmful consequences of substance use & other risky behaviours without requiring abstinence. This article discusses integrative harm reduction psychotherapy, one application of harm reduction principles to psychotherapy. 7 therapeutic tasks are described with attention to clinical process, skills, & strategies. A case is presented that illustrates the application of this approach with life-threatening substance use that was related to multiple traumas & suicidal depression. (18 refs.)