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Patt Denning, PhD, Director of Clinical Services and Training
Patt Denning, a licensed clinical psychologist, is one of the primary developers of Harm Reduction Therapy and a nationally recognized expert in dual diagnosis (co-occurring disorders). She worked in Community Mental Health from 1978 through 1993, developing specialties in differential diagnosis, psychopharmacology, and psychotherapy with seriously disturbed patients, HIV, and substance use disorders. She has been teaching and training health and mental health professionals in the United States and internationally since the 1980’s. In 2000 she co-founded the Center for Harm Reduction Therapy with Jeannie.
Patt has completed the Diplomate-Fellow training in Psychopharmacology and 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. The 2nd edition of her first, groundbreaking book, Practicing Harm Reduction Psychotherapy was released in the fall of 2011 (with co-author Jeannie Little). She has written several articles as well as co-authored a book for the general public – Over the Influence: The Harm Reduction Guide for Managing Drugs and Alcohol. Guilford Press, 2017. For the past fifteen years she has been developing harm reduction for families and has written several papers.