Psychedelics on the Couch
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About The Event
A resurgence of research on psychedelics for common mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and addictions, is rapidly shifting emerging practices in mental health care. Psychoactive substances, including MDMA and psilocybin, have received breakthrough treatment status from the Food and Drug Administration, with MDMA expected to be available by prescription within just a few years. Certain plant medicines, such as ayahuasca and ibogaine, have ample anecdotal and other evidence supporting their therapeutic value and are being investigated in clinical trials. Ketamine assisted psychotherapy is already being offered across the country for depression. Opportunities for therapists and counselors to offer their skills within a new practice model of psychedelic-assisted therapy will increase exponentially over the next decade.
Part 1 of this seminar for counseling and helping professionals 1) examines the history of therapeutic and recreational uses of psychedelics, 2) summarizes the emerging research on psychedelics for a range of conditions, 3) evaluates the uses, effects, and risks of the most common psychedelic substances, and 4) discusses the shifting paradigms that psychedelics have brought to psychiatry and the mental health field. Importantly, counselors will be introduced to legal and ethical professional roles and tips for engaging with clients in this emerging area of practice. This training is for counselors, therapists, or any helping professional who wants to develop a firmer knowledge base on psychedelics for their ongoing professional competence.
Register for Day 1 and Day 2 together and receive a $50 discount on your registration! Please note we will be in the Longs Peak Student Center, West Room of Front Range Community College (Larimer campus on Harmony and Shields). We will have a break for lunch. You can bring your own lunch, or buy lunch at a nearby restaurant. We will provide light snacks, refreshments, and coffee for the morning.
Dr. Shannon Hughes, MSW, PhD
Dr. Shannon Hughes teaches, consults, and conducts research on how we use drugs and medicines in our society today. She is a community organizer and leader in articulating the shifting paradigms around our relationships with Self and medicines/drugs. She has developed and delivered education and training to professional social workers, counselors, and researchers, and to young people trying to make sense of their distress and struggles. Dr. Hughes earned her doctorate in Social Work in 2010 and is an Assistant Professor in Social Work at Colorado State University and in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health, Colorado School of Public Health. She is a founding member of The Nowak Society, 501c3 and the Psychedelic Research and Training Institute in Colorado in Fort Collins.
Dr. Rob Colbert, MA, PhD
Dr. Rob Colbert earned his Masters degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University and his doctorate at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Dr. Colbert's research explores the experiences of adult couples who use MDMA recreationally and the perceived benefits of MDMA use on their relationships. The cognitive-relational model of MDMA use that emerged from this research suggests that individuals can make healthful choices about their drug use in recreational contexts and experience sustained benefits to relationships in their lives. Dr. Colbert is part of the therapist training for MDMA-assisted psychotherapy organized by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, and has been trained in ketamine-assisted psychotherapy. In his private practice as a registered psychotherapist, Dr. Colbert specializes in working with young adults, non-ordinary states of consciousness such as hearing voices or having visions, and psychedelic integration.