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Patt Denning

Harm Reduction Therapy Center
Director of Clinical Services & Training
Dr. Patt Denning is one of the primary developers of Harm Reduction treatments for alcohol and other drug problems. She is co-founder and Director of Clinical Services and Training of the Harm Reduction Therapy Center (founded in 2000). Since 1978, Dr. Denning has worked as a clinician and program director in residential and outpatient Community Mental Health in San Francisco, developing specialties in psychopharmacology and psychotherapy with complicated people who have co-occurring mental health, medical, and substance use disorders. She is recognized as one of the foremost experts in the practice of harm reduction and trains other professionals across the U.S. and in other parts of the world.

The 2d edition of her first, groundbreaking book, Practicing Harm Reduction Psychotherapy was released in the Fall of 2012 (with co-author Jeannie Little). This book is also currently available in Spanish and Chinese. Her book for the general public was just published as a 2d edition. (Over the Influence: The Harm Reduction Guide for Managing Drugs and Alcohol). Guilford Press, 2017. Over the Influence has been translated into Chinese, Polish, and Japanese.

Dr. Denning has completed the Diplomate-Fellow training in Psychopharmacology and also was named to the Drug Policy Resources Directory for the Media in the area of Dual Diagnosis. She is a certified addiction specialist through the American Psychological Association’s College of Professional Psychology.


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