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Carla Soares

University of Porto

Carla Alexandra Soares is a master’s student in Psychology with a specialization in Deviant Behavior and Justice at the University of Porto. After studying the social construction of the drug phenomenon including the drug policies and their impact on human rights, she became interested in its reconstruction through analysis of non-problematic use. She looks at the growing recognition of the therapeutic role of psychedelics as a way of rethinking the actual drug views and approaches.
Her qualitative research explores the psychedelic experience from the point of view of users and through the lens of self-care, a key concept within the field of healthy functioning and well-being. Specifically, she investigated whether participants use psychedelics to take care of themselves and through what psychological processes this happens. Her main aim is to provide phenomenological insights into the role of these substances in psychotherapy and health highlighting the meanings and functions underlying the psychedelic states.

Conference Presentations

Poster Session

Self-Care Practices with Psychedelics

The main objective of this research is to understand and to describe to what extent the use of psychedelic substances constitutes a practice of self-care to the users. With this study we want to contribute to the comprehension of the role of psychedelics in psychotherapy since we intend to explore whether these substances are used as a form of compensation for psychological mechanisms or processes. Due to the current lack of research about psychedelics in Portugal, along with the frequently […]

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With your ticket you will have access to the whole conference - with keynotes, panels, round tables, posters and daylight social events. We will ask for a small extra fee for the Friday evening social program. The pre-conference workshops have to be booked separately and each workshop needs an individual ticket. By clicking on "Book now" below you also have the option to buy your workshop tickets.

*Reduced fees apply to students, cooperation partners as well as unemployed and retired individuals who have a monthly net income below 840,- €. Proof of status will be required.

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