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New Haven Region Meeting: Dean Leone, PhD: Psychodynamics of Addiction: Treatment Within a Harm Reduction Model

  • 18 Mar 2018
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Home of Allison Brownlow, PhD

 Psychodynamics of Addiction: Treatment

 Within a Harm Reduction Model

 Presenter: Dean Leone, PhD


Date: March 18, 2018 Time 2 - 4 PM

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.


Attendance is free, space is limited

Place: Home of Allison Brownlow, PhD

8 High Meadow Road, North Haven


(High Meadow Road is a private road of Dixwell Ave.,

on the border of Hamden and North Haven)

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