Psychedelic Emergencies: Is the New Psychedelic Revolution Really an Evolution?
Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 pm Pacific time
There is now enormous and still growing interest in plant medicines and psychedelics. A variety of drugs are now being used for purposes ranging from curiosity to psychotherapeutic, spiritual, personal exploration, creativity, and performance enhancement.
Psychedelics are rapidly finding their way into mainstream disciplines such as medicine, psychiatry, psychotherapy, and end-of-life care. Clinicians and scientists are again doing sanctioned research and documenting the benefits of psychedelics for issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder, treatment-resistant depression, facing life-threatening illnesses and end-of-life care. And of course, they have become popular far outside mainstream institutions.
Yet every light casts a shadow, and in the wake of this revolution, many have suffered. Medically, there are reports of psychological problems such as severe distress, even psychotic breaks and suicides. Interpersonally, there have been unethical behaviors, abuses of power and sexuality, and carelessness, misjudgments, and inadequate training on the part of those who share/administer the medications. Many of these stories remain “in the dark” as shame prevents people from sharing their difficulties and tragedies. Yet it is important to bring them into the light of awareness to inform discerning use of these powerful substances.
Yes, used wisely, psychedelics can offer remarkable benefits, but how to ensure that they are used wisely? Join Mariana Caplan, PhD and Roger Walsh, MD, PhD as they delve into the ethical, personal, and psychological issues that we need to consider in order to ensure safe and fruitful explorations of psychedelics as they reemerge into Western culture.
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About Mariana Caplan
Mariana Caplan, PhD, MFT, E-RYT 500, is a psychotherapist, yoga teacher, and the author of nine books in the fields of psychology and spirituality that have been translated in more than a dozen languages, including the new Yoga & Psyche: Integrating the Paths of Yoga and Psychology for Healing, Transformation, and Joy (Sounds True, Feb. 2018), as well as Eyes Wide Open: Cultivating Discernment on the Spiritual Path, Halfway Up the Mountain: The Error of Premature Claims to Enlightenment, The Guru Question: The Perils and Rewards of Choosing a Spiritual Teacher, and To Touch Is to Live: The Need for Genuine Affection in an Impersonal World. She consults, mediates, and provide psychological services for spiritual teachers, spiritual emergences and emergencies, and individuals and spiritual communities both in crises, as well as those in spiritual leadership positions seeking preventative psychological support for their communities. Learn more at YogaandPsyche.com and RealSpirituality.com.
About Roger Walsh
Roger Walsh, MD, PhD, DHL, graduated from Australia’s Queensland University with degrees in psychology, physiology, neuroscience, and medicine, and then came to the United States as a Fulbright Scholar. He is now at the University of California at Irvine where he is professor of psychiatry, philosophy, and anthropology, as well as a professor in the religious studies program. Roger’s research and writings span several areas. These include the nature of psychological health and wellbeing, meditation and contemplative practices, religion and spirituality, wisdom and other virtues, integral studies, and the psychological roots of our current global crises. He is deeply immersed in contemplative practices as a student, researcher, and teacher. Roger’s books include Paths Beyond Ego (one of Common Boundary’s “Most Influential Books”), Meditation: Classic and Contemporary Perspectives (“Outstanding Academic Book of the Year Award”), Essential Spirituality: The Seven Central Practices with a foreword by The Dalai Lama, and The World of Shamanism. He is currently editing The World’s Great Wisdom: What Sages Say about Living Wisely and Well. Learn more at DrRogerWalsh.com