Psychedelic Integration is the chosen professional name for psychotherapy designed to assist people seeking support in connection with psychedelic or sacred medicine experiences. Individuals who have had challenging experiences can benefit from transpersonal therapeutic processing and understanding of the often-challenging feelings evoked and triggered by psychedelics and sacred medicines. Psychedelics or sacred medicines can be transformational with helping one gain insight to bolster, and integrate knowledge from the encounter into their daily lives.
While the use of psychedelics and sacred medicines remains as controlled substances in the United States, many individuals continue to engage them in a variety of settings and contexts, with some of them less than optimal. Dr. Beers’ Psychedelic Integration Therapy is in alignment with the Principles of Harm Reduction. Aside from the potential benefits, there are real risks associated with the exploration and use of them. For some, the effects can be overwhelming, confusing and/or anxiety provoking, even well after the encounter. Some people may have difficulty processing and integrating the engagement of complex thoughts, feelings and experiences had. Psychedelic Integration can assist with elucidating insights, somatic processing, and reconciling and deepening understanding. Psychedelic Integration Therapy is in alignment with people that have an open curiosity, are responsible for their well-being with respect to their exploration and who genuinely seek support with navigating their relationship with these medicines.
The benefits of psychedelics and sacred medicine engagement are culturally, spiritually and socially relevant. Since early dawn of man, the plant-human relationship for its psychoactive and sacred effects has existed. Indigenous cultures around the world to this day still practice and maintain sacred ritual, ceremony, and traditions with a variety of these medicines, and people within those communities have created necessary and protected liminal spaces. Dr. Beers’ aims to be an agent that contributes to bridging the gap and loss in western society of this venerable space through ethical and culturally sensitive Psychedelic Integration Therapy.
It is important to note that for Psychedelic Integration Therapy, Under no circumstances are therapists outside of government approved and controlled studies currently administering, prescribing or otherwise providing psychedelic or other controlled substances to clients during the course of therapy. Additionally, this therapy model does not include a clinician in the supervisor or therapist role taking responsibility for a client during an unauthorized/underground psychedelic experience. Clients are discouraged from attending therapy sessions while under the influence of any psychedelic or any other controlled substance unless prescribed by a medical doctor or psychiatrist, or within an approved research study environment. Clients participating in Psychedelic Integration Therapy must take responsibility for their commitment to these ethical guidelines as our society moves forward with Decriminalizing and Legalizing efforts.
Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) Trainee for Expanded Access
Dr. Angela Beers completed training requirements part A & B and is awaiting enrollment for remaining parts (C,D, and E). MAPS & Naropa University MDMA-assisted psychotherapy course Fall 2020 (Sept – Nov). Training curriculum developed by MAPS PBC (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies Public Benefit Corporation), together with training in contemplative psychotherapy from Naropa faculty in the Graduate School of Counseling Psychology.
MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC) catalyzes healing and well-being through psychedelic drug development, therapist training programs, and sales of prescription psychedelics prioritizing public benefit above profit. Founded in 2014, MAPS PBC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
This course was offered by MAPS PBC Trainers Marcela Ot’alora G. and Bruce Poulter with Sara Lewis and Lauren Casalino, Naropa University faculty in the Graduate School of Counseling Psychology. Initial training course Part A and B for expanded access.
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