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Hartford Region; "Psychodynamics of Addiction: Treatment Within a Harm Reduction Model", Presented by Dean Leone, PhD

  • 23 Mar 2019
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Psychodynamics of Addiction: Treatment

 Within a Harm Reduction Model

 Presenter: Dean Leone, PhD


Date: Saturday, March 23, 2:00pm to 4:00pm


Attendance is free, space is limited.



This presentation will offer an overview of the psychodynamic contribution to understanding addiction with a specific focus on the role that shame and unhealthy attachment patterns play in addiction. How these patterns interfere with recovery will also be reviewed.

The Harm reduction model will be discussed as a framework for substance abuse treatment as it offers a common-sense approach that helps an addict gradually relinquish maladaptive defenses that more immediately reduce the negative consequences associated with addiction.

Dean Leone, Ph.D. recently retired from the Forensic Division of Connecticut Valley Hospital where he served as Department Chair and as a unit-based psychologist focusing on the treatment of sexual and substance abuse disorders. He is certified in the Circle of Security Model for the treatment of attachment disorders.  He currently maintains a private practice in Westport and Guilford CT where he will soon be opening an IOP for substance abuse treatment.




Location: Home of Nellie Filippopoulos


RSVP by contacting Ryan Ochoa, Psy.D. (Hartford Regional Representative) at r.ochoa.psyd@gmail.com.


Address will be provided upon receipt of RSVP


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