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Introduction to Psychedelic Medicine:
Learn about psychedelic medicines through the lens of world history, past and current research, and how psychedelic medicines may change the treatment of trauma.
Understanding cultural context and the application of psychedelics in traditional and medical settings, and how that is applied in current clinical practices. Developing and understanding basic knowledge of psychedelics substances/classes and the effects on human psychology. Explore framework for interpreting psychedelic experiences and how they are integrated properly in the human experience. Discuss ethical practices for safe use of psychedelics in a therapeutic setting within the context of the psychedelic renaissance.
The speakers will give context and explanations to core concepts of set and setting, assessment, modalities, uses during sessions, and collaborative work with medical practitioners when using these medicines. The presenters will also explore dangers of psychedelics and their view of a philosophy around psychedelic use in clinical practice. Art, design, and music are critical components for treatment, and during this presentation there uses will be explored.
• Develop core concepts and language for set and setting, art, and design
• Be able to describe various psychedelic substances and there effect clinically
• Articulate the possible risks, benefits, and contraindications of psychedelics
• Develop basic harm reduction framework for speaking with clients about psychedelics
• Assess for basic psychological contraindications
This workshop will discuss the re-emergence of psychedelics in medicine, their application in treating PTSD and other conditions, and provide an overview of the effects, risks/dangers and consequences of psychedelic experiences from a harm-reduction model. This includes a differentiation between the recreational and therapeutic use of psychedelic substances.
It will discuss the Ketamine-Assisted Therapy treatment process, including assessment/diagnostics, preparation, treatment and integration. Assessment to include contraindications, medical considerations, candidacy and relevant disorders for application, with a particular focus on trauma and treatment-resistant depression (w/suicidality).
It will discuss and explore the integration process- define integration, identify relevant evidence-based therapeutic modalities that best support integration (including IFS, ACT). Answer the questions: what is integration, why is it important and what are the barriers to achieving it? Focus primarily on the ACT Hexaflex model.
Understand the broad psychological effects of psychedelic experiences, learn to identify red-flags/contraindications for psychedelic use, learn the dangers of recreational psychedelic use, and learn how to help clients explore the risks/consequences of psychedelic experiences.
Learn how to talk with clients about this subject, through a harm-reduction lens. Clinicians will develop a deeper understanding of what Ketamine-Assisted Therapy is, who it’s for, and how it’s delivered. They will gain an understanding of how to assess for candidacy.
Develop knowledge of the KAP therapeutic process, and how to help prepare clients, as well as support their post treatment integration. Develop an understanding of what the Ketamine experience is like, so that they are able to follow, reflect, validate and support client’s who’ve received the course.
Kyle Ross: Kyle Ross
Therapy is an exploration of how our experiences have shaped our understanding and perception of the world. Experiences can lead us to positive and negative perceptions of who we are in relationship to ourselves and others. My goal in therapy is to assist others in gaining a deeper understanding of themselves.
My training is based on Adlerian psychotherapy and incorporates many different styles and from other disciplines. I believe that knowledge comes from many areas in our life and seek to utilize knowledge from music, history, philosophy, and art. Healing is an individualized process. I believe that every person has the knowledge and ability for self-healing, and sometimes we need another person to help as a guide or to provoke new ideas. I respect and encourage the autonomy of every individual that I work with, and honor the stories shared with me.
Relationships between others and to ourselves is a collection of stories and memories. Learning to heal begins with being able to connect to certain stories and memories in a new way. Psychedelic assisted psychotherapy offers ways to understand in a profound way so that we can gain greater agency within our lives. Through my training and experience my hope is to bring new and innovative therapies to those struggling with the complexities of life.
I have worked with many populations of individuals and have focused on Serious and Persistent Mental Health, LGBTQ issues, suicidality, Borderline Personality Disorder, and individuals with significant trauma histories.
Kyle Keller: Kyle Keller
Kyle Keller is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), and Certified Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapist by the California Institute of Integrative Therapies (CIIS). He has received his (Parts A-B) certificate for MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy through the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS).
Kyle has 16 years of experience, in the field of mental health, working across a wide variety of settings including crisis clinics, homeless shelters, treatment facilities and within jails and prison. He draws inspiration from various psychological and philosophical orientations, scientific models, and art forms. He first came across psychedelic research from the 1950s and 1960s while studying transpersonal psychology in his undergraduate psychology program and has since been curious about their implications across multiple domains of knowledge, including psychology, philosophy, history and sociology. Of particular interest, is the longstanding relationship that human beings have had with psychedelic substances, and how these may play a role in the shaping of both culture and belief system across cultures and millennia.
Kyle is also a musician, and aims to deepen his understanding of how music, art and design can be leveraged to optimize “set and setting” and contribute to the curation of healing experiences. He strives to incorporate creativity and collaboration into every interaction.
Kyle currently practices as a Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapist and plans to help facilitate MDMA and psilocybin therapy as these become available for clinic use.
Kyle has experience working with PTSD, depression, anxiety, LGBTQ mental health and specializes in working with OCD (including religiosity, and “pure O”). He also enjoys working with spiritual development and existential crises and promoting mental health access to emergency responders. He is trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), trauma-informed care, psychodynamic, transpersonal, Jungian, integrative, interpersonal, behavioral, humanistic, and existential modalities.