When: Feb 24th, 2023, 1pm to 4:15pm
Speakers: Temple Morris, LCSW-C, Miranda Morris, PhD
Psychedelic-assisted therapy may represent an upcoming paradigm shift in the treatment of mental health problems as recent clinical trials have demonstrated strong evidence of their therapeutic benefits. This workshop will provide health care professionals an overview of the ethical issues involved in this new clinical area. While psychedelics are currently prohibited substances in most countries, the growing popularity of their therapeutic potential is leading many people to use psychedelics on their own rather than waiting for legal medical access. Therapists therefore have an ethical duty to meet this need by providing support for clients using psychedelics. However, incorporating psychedelics into traditional psychotherapy poses some risk given their prohibited status, and many therapists are unsure of how they might practice in this area. This workshop explicates such risks and describes ways in which therapists can mitigate them and strive to practice within legal and ethical boundaries. A harm reduction approach will be emphasized as a useful framework for conducting therapy around clients' use of psychedelics.
In this workshop, we will review the history of the use of psychedelics with an appreciation for their long-standing use by many indigenous cultures. Differences between the most common psychedelics will be explored as will their psychological and physical effects. The two major waves of psychedelic research will be summarized, with emphasis on more recent and rigorous clinical trials, particularly those using contextual behavioral approaches. In addition, The current legal status of psychedelics will be reviewed, including Oregon’s recent passing of an initiative to legalize psilocybin-assisted therapy. Finally, diversity issues around lack of access for underserved and non-majority populations will be explored. This workshop will emphasize the need to prioritize diversity and accessibility as psychedelic assisted psychotherapy becomes more widely available.
Though primarily didactic, this workshop will include experiential exercises and small group work to deepen their understanding of the issues related to psychedelics as a treatment tool.
|Early Registration (by January 6 )
|CE certificate (3 hours)
Registration fee covers instruction.
The activity has approval for 3 CEs for psychologists, counselors, and social workers. You must attend the course in its entirety in order to receive continuing education credits. CE credits are not given for the 2:15 to 3pm break.
- The Association for Contextual Behavioral Science is approved by the American
- Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.
- The Association for Contextual Behavioral Science maintains responsibility for this program and its content
- This activity has approval from the National Association of Social Workers for 3 CE credits
50% of the proceeds from this training will be donated to Psychedelic Assisted Therapy and Healing (PATH), a collective of local clinicians committed to providing training, education, and equitable access to psychedelic assisted therapies and other healing modalities.
Refunds: A $25 processing fee will be charged for registration refunds up to January 21. We regret that after January 21, refunds cannot be made, but you may request credit toward a future program. If you need a refund, please contact us via email at email@example.com.
Learning Objectives: After attending this training you will be able to:
- Identify and describe at least 3 harm reduction strategies related to the use of psychedelic medicines
- Describe at least 2 obstacles related to lack of access for underserved and non-majority populations
- Describe the safety and addiction potential of at least one psychedelic medicine (e.g., ketamine, psilocybin, MDMA) when administered by trained professionals
Temple Morris, LCSW-C, is a clinical social worker in Bethesda, MD. Her primary modalities are Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Psychedelic Harm Reduction and Integration therapy (HRIT). In her capacity as a member of the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS), she serves on the board of the ACBS Psychedelic & NOSC Special Interest group (Psychedelic SIG), co-facilitates a monthly psychedelic HRIT peer consultation group, and co-facilitates the monthly Psychedelic SIG member meeting. She is also a founding member and President of the Board of Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy & Healing (PATH), a collective of local clinicians committed to providing training and education around legal psychedelic medicines, as well as equitable access to ketamine-assisted therapy. She also leads a bi-monthly training and clinical consultation on trauma-informed ACT for MEND clinicians (a collaboration of trauma experts dedicated to healing communities of color).
Miranda Morris, PhD, is a psychologist in Bethesda, MD. She is a Peer Reviewed ACT Trainer and conducts regular workshops in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and related therapies including Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) and basic Relational Frame Theory (RFT). She is Past President of the Board of the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS), and an active member of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of ACBS Chapter and their ACT Carolinas affiliate. In her paid-work life, she is the Co-founder of True North Therapy and Training, a group dedicated to sharing contextual behavioral therapies with clients, practitioners, and the broader community.
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No commercial support was obtained for this CE program or for the instruction content that could be construed as a conflict of interest. No commercial support is being sought for an endorsement of any product (e.g., books, programs, etc.).
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