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Insight Conference
Speakers
Helena Aicher, M.Sc.
Date
10/09/2021
Time
6:05pm - 7:05pm
Location
Foyer

Event

Psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy – A paradigm evolution

Beneficial effects of serotonergic psychoactive substances as adjuncts for psychotherapy of several stress-related psychiatric disorders, such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD, have been reported.
Within the main bio-medical perspective in psychiatry these outcomes cannot be fully explained.
The subjective experience itself – often described as transformational processes – has become an increasing focus of interest in the investigation of therapeutic outcomes. Similarly, the context-sensitivity of psychedelic experiences has been widely discussed under the terms setting and setting.
Whereas pharmacological effects can be explained within a bio-medical perspective, it has become clear, that psychotherapy research must be understood within a contextual metamodel, considering complex contextual variables such as patient-therapist relationship, socio-cultural surroundings etc.
Psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy itself integrates pharmacological and psychotherapeutic effects. Therefore, a paradigm evolution that integrates these perspectives is necessary in the field of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy research.

Speakers

PhD student

Helena Aicher, M.Sc.

Psychedelic Research & Therapy Development, University Hospital of Psychiatry, University of Zurich
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