Somerset Hunterdon Warren Psychological Association 

Upcoming events

Upcoming events

    • Friday, November 04, 2022
    • 9:15 AM - 12:45 PM
    • Live Webinar

    Somerset, Hunterdon, Warren Psychological Association (SHWPA)

    A Psychologist's Guide to Alcohol Moderation and Harm Reduction

    Presented by

    Arnold M. Washton, Ph.D.

    Live Webinar on Friday November 4, 2022

    9:15 to 12:45 - 15 Break at 11:00

    3 Continuing Education Credits

    Participants attending this skills-training workshop will come away with an extensive toolbox of evidence-based alcohol moderation and harm reduction strategies they can apply immediately in psychotherapy practice. Research shows that most people who drink "too much" are not alcoholics and that many can learn how to moderate their drinking within safer limits rather than quit drinking completely. An alternative to traditional abstinence-only approaches, the harm reduction framework described in this workshop supports incremental change and individualized treatment goals including less risky/harmful drinking, moderate drinking, and abstinence. It incorporates cognitive-behavioral, motivational, mindfulness, psycho-dynamic, and pharmacological interventions. A basic tenet of the harm reduction is that any steps taken to reduce negative consequences associated with substance use are steps in the right direction, whether or not abstinence is the immediate or ultimate goal.

    Participants of this workshop will learn how to help clients take a closer look at their alcohol use, set realistic goals, change their drinking patterns, and acquire a better understanding the role and meaning of alcohol use in their lives. The presentation will include lecture material highlighted by numerous case examples.

    Learning Objectives. Participants who attend this presentation will be able to:

    1. Explain the rationale and empirical support for alcohol moderation and harm reduction

    2. Describe the value of an experiment with abstinence as a staging ground for moderation

    3. List ten useful tips that clients can use to reduce and moderate their drinking

    4. List the medications most commonly used to reinforce moderation or abstinence

    Instruction Level: Intermediate

    Dr. M Washton, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist (NJ Lic No. 3574) and book author specializing in the

    treatment of substance use and other behavioral health problems since 1975. He is the co-founder of the

    Washton Group, a private practice in Princeton, NJ and New York City.

    Dr. M Washton does not have any commercial support and/or conflict of interest for this program.

    ADA accommodations available upon written request, by emailing Virginia Walters, Psy.D., no later than October 31, 2022.

    Program Fee: SHWPA Member: $30, Non-SHWPA Member $40, Student: $15,

    Online registration and Payment can be made at OR by mailing a check payable to SHWPA

    to Tracy Menzie P.O. Box 644 Lebanon, NJ 08833

    Continuing Education Credit / Administrative Fee for 3 credits (an additional fee), can be paid to

    NJPA online after this program. NJPA Fees: Sustaining Member – Free, NJPA Member - $15,

    Non-NJPA Member - $25. The NJPA Link to pay and complete the NJPA evaluation will be provided to all registrants during the program.

    Contact Virginia Walters, Psy.D. 908-439-3456 X8 /

    This workshop is co-sponsored by NJPA and SHWPA. NJPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. NJPA maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

Past events

Friday, July 29, 2022 Lunch, Socializing, and Networking Event
Friday, May 13, 2022 A Treatment Model for Gender Dysphoria
Friday, March 25, 2022 Medication- Assisted Treatment for Substance Use Disorders: Integrating Psychotherapy and Pharmacotherapy
Friday, November 12, 2021 Gender Dysphoria -Overview of A Model for Assessment and Treatment
Thursday, October 14, 2021 Working with Personality Disorders: Clinical and Supervision Considerations
Friday, March 05, 2021 Covid19 Conundrums: Practicing Positive Ethics During a Pandemic
Friday, January 22, 2021 “Creativity in the Time of Plague: Promoting Resilience for Children and Families who Struggle with Traumatic Stress During the Pandemic"
Friday, October 23, 2020 "Opioid Addiction and Its Treatment: What Every Psychologist Needs to Know" Presented by Arnold M. Washton, Ph.D.
Friday, May 29, 2020 Virtual Social Hour
Friday, March 20, 2020 Gender Dysphoria: Overview of a Model for Assessment and Treatment
Friday, January 10, 2020 Holiday Recovery & Networking Gathering
Friday, November 15, 2019 A Biopsychosocial Framework for Assessing and Treating the Sequelae of Chronic Stress and Interpersonal Violence on Neurodevelopment
Friday, June 14, 2019 6/14: Free Lunch and Networking at Urban Table
Friday, May 10, 2019 “Paranoia: Helping Patients with Non-psychotic and Psychotic Paranoid Conditions”
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