But while much is known (and celebrated) about this new paradigm in the addiction field, less clear is what to call all the different perspectives and models it brings with it. How do we incorporate Motivational Interviewing, CRAFT, Harm Reduction Psychotherapy, and the works of Hart, Maté, Lewis, and Alexander? And, how might we join this wave with other waves, as we see the entire world of “behavioral health” rip back to its humanist roots, then crash forward with far greater power?
We’ve chosen the term Compassionate Pragmatism to express this new paradigm, a term that implies a containing of compassion for others, often through learned methods, that leads to helping them change. Compassionate Pragmatism represents a praxis: It converts a point of view into action.
From new and innovative models for helping families compassionately support their loved ones, to views that pull addiction outside the tired models of disease and place it on the continuum of human experience, to new ways of helping people struggling with both substance misuse and psychiatric difficulties, our presenters all discuss changes and ideas that aim toward taking a position of compassion and actualizing it through method and action.
Photos from the 2018 conference featuring Gabor Maté, Jenifer Talley, Ross Ellenhorn, Andrew Tatarsky and Zoi Andalcio at the new school.