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Prof. Dr. med. Dipl. Psych.

Rolf Verres

University Hospital Heidelberg, Institute of Medical Psychology

Prof. Dr. med. Dipl. Psych. Verres was born 1948 in Coesfeld/Westphalia. He studied medicine and psychology in Münster, Heidelberg and at Stanford University/California as a scholarship holder of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes. Doctorate in 1977 at the Lehrstuhl für Arbeits- und Sozialmedizin in Heidelberg. 1978-1980 Assistant doctor at the Department of Psychotherapy and Medical Psychology of the Psychosomatic University Hospital Heidelberg, 1981 Medical Director of the Department of Psychotherapy at the Psychiatric Hospital Weinsberg. Since 1982 he has been back at the Institute of Psychotherapy and Medical Psychology in Heidelberg, 1986 Senior Physician.

Habilitation in 1986 on the topic of “Subjektive Krankheitstheorie und präventives Verhalten” (published by Springer with the title “Krebs und Angst”). This book was awarded the Hans-Roemer Price of the German College of Psychosomatic Medicine. 1987-1991 Professor of Medical Psychology at the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf and lecturer at the College of Music and Theatre in Hamburg. From 1991 to 2013 Medical Director of the Institute of Medical Psychology at the University Hospital Heidelberg. He declined further appointments to the Chair of Medical Psychology at the University of Münster and to the Chair of Medical Psychology at the University of Vienna.

Research focus: Subjective disease theories, psychooncology, health psychology, analyses of health-promoting or harmful structures in clinics, music therapy. Strong interest in an integration of aesthetic and artistic inspiration for personality development of physicians. Former board member of the German Society for Medical Psychology and the European College of Consciousness Studies (ECBS), research on the use and abuse of psychoactive substances (2002-2013). In addition to his “bread and butter” profession as a professor, he is also active as a pianist and photographer.

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Essential Questions – Psychedelics, Death and Dying

Within the last century we have come up with modern remedies and solutions for many situations that were desolate and unescapable before. Bridging the gap between academic medicine and holistic approaches on death with a special emphasis on the psychedelic state and its possible learnings , our team of facilitators will draw from their broad scope of experience on how altered states of consciousness and especially the psychedelic experience can help us come to terms with our own existential limitation and mortality, including aspects of secular spirituality and personal observations.

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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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