Looking Back to Shape the Future – Progress and Challenges in Psychedelic Research, Therapy, and Science Communication
- 17:20 - 18:00
- Room: Auditorium
The INSIGHT 2021 opening talk will discuss the state, progress and emerging challenges of implementing psychedelics. I will elaborate and conceptually connect three areas: (1) academic research and science communication, (2) mental health care and therapist training, and (3) cultural factors in the context of open societies. How can a maturing psychedelic discourse criticize undesirable developments and optimistically build and institutionalize responsible therapies and self-development? What is the role of a revised ethics of consciousness, Vergangenheitsbewältigung (coming to terms with your past) and a redefinition of “integration” in this process?
Gründer, G., & Jungaberle, H. (2021). The Potential Role of Psychedelic Drugs in Mental Health Care of the Future. Pharmacopsychiatry, 54(04), 191–199. https://doi.org/10.1055/A-1486-7386
While research clearly acknowledges the therapist’s indispensable role before, during, and after psychedelic therapy sessions, the unique process of training to become a psychedelic therapist is