12:00pm - 12:30pm
Bernard von Langenbeck room
Making Integration a Science-based Concept – Therapy, Counseling and Self-development
How has our understanding of “integration” developed in recent years? And how relevant is it for clinical practice? In this conceptual engineering talk I will do three things: (1) define the process and elements of integration for different fields of practice, (2) demonstrate the pitfalls of the concept in the literature and with materials from a qualitative study of diverse users of psychedelics, (3) propose ways towards the operationalization of integration for research to better understand it in the future.
I will argue that an more elaborated understanding of integration carries the potential to overcome pharmacological reductionism, romanticizing magic pill phantasies and a purely spiritualistic “consciousness medicine”. “Integration” can be the critical instrument to transform psychedelic experience into real life changes as well as an inspiration for therapy, self- and social development.