Psychedelic Fundamentals: The Psychology & Science of Psychedelic Use
Millions of Americans have used psychedelic substances such as LSD, psilocybin mushrooms, MDMA, and ayahuasca to explore altered states of consciousness. In the last two decades, a renewed interest has emerged for the use of psychedelics to treat various mental health as well as physical conditions. In parallel, there has been an expansion of ritual use of naturally occurring psychedelics for purposes of religious experience, psychospiritual wellbeing, community connection, and healing. Under optimal circumstances, psychedelics can elicit potent spiritual experiences with profound ramifications and benefits on the lives of those that use them and their surroundings. However, in sub-optimal or adverse conditions they can lead to physical and/or psychological damage. Alongside a pharmacological foundation of knowledge, psychological techniques and interventions are essential for minimizing potential risks and for maximizing potential benefits associated with psychedelic use.
This seminar is designed to provide the participant with the fundamental knowledge and clinical tools necessary to support individuals who are interested in or are using psychedelics. Participants will learn to discern between various uses of psychedelic substances, and their potential benefits and risks. An optimal harm-reduction oriented support structure for preparation and post-experience integration will be presented. The seminar will focus on psychedelics that are commonly used in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, recreational and/or ritual settings, or hold considerable therapeutic potential for treatment of substance use disorders.
Introduce and define psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy and ritual psychedelic use
Describe legal status, basic pharmacology, and clinical research of psilocybin, LSD, MDMA, ayahuasca, and ibogaine
Articulate characteristics of a psychedelic experience and its potential therapeutic benefits
Discuss strategies for preparation and integration of psychedelic drug experiences
Explore ethical considerations for discussing psychedelic use with clients.
Early Bird sale ends March 11th!
Saturday, May 4th 2019
Doors open 8:30am
Location: EVO Health and Wellness Center
340 Sunset Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90291
Sherree Malcolm Godasi, M.A., B.Ed.
Sherree is a psychedelic educator and integration coach working with individuals and groups who are on a path of recovery, healing, psycho-spiritual transformation and life optimization. Her approach draws from transpersonal & depth psychology, Eastern philosophy and shamanic healing modalities to fuse ancient wisdom with modern & practical practices. A pioneer in the field of psychedelic integration and community building, she has been an active member of the Los Angeles psychedelic movement since early 2015, organizing and facilitating informative talks, courses, workshops and integration circles both in-person and online. Sherree is the founder of PsychedeLiA: Psychedelic Integration, Los Angeles (www.psychedeliaintegration.org) a harm-reduction oriented organization that offers educational resources, emotional support and community-connecting events to people who are interested in psychedelics; and the co-founder of InnerSpace Integration, a specialized professional network for integration providers. She maintains a private practice in Chino Hills, CA and has worked with people who are afflicted by anxiety, depression, PTSD, addiction, substance use disorders, personality disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders, eating disorders, life changes, relationship & social issues and spiritual emergence. She has presented at professional organizations such as Los Angeles Psychedelic Science Symposium and LAMPS: Los Angeles Medicinal Plant Society, and has been featured on media platforms such as Psychedelics Today, Vice and The Psychedologist. As an advocate of psychedelic healing and cognitive liberty she is humbled to support others in conscious transformation and witness the collective psychedelic renaissance.
Sherree is a mother to Myla and is passionate about writing, learning, singing, Jungian psychology, inner work, creative expression and living a wholly, integrated life.
Benjamin Malcolm, PharmD, MPH, BCPP
Ben earned his Bachelors of Science (BS) in pharmacology from UC Santa Barbara prior to receiving his doctorate of pharmacy (PharmD) and Master of Public Health (MPH) degrees from Touro University California College of Pharmacy. After pharmacy school Dr. Malcolm completed a Post-Graduate Year-One (PGY1) pharmacy practice residency in acute care at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, followed by a PGY-Two residency in psychiatric pharmacy at UC San Diego Health. He is Board Certified in Psychiatric Pharmacy (BCPP) and serves as an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Administration at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Pharmacy. He practices as a clinical psychiatric pharmacist in an inpatient psychiatric facility and teaches clinical psychopharmacology. His research interests involve psychedelics for treatment of mental health disorders, psychotropics, as well as complementary and alternative therapies. He has published peer-reviewed articles, abstracts, and posters on several psychedelic substances including cannabis, MDMA, psilocybin, ayahuasca, ketamine, and ibogaine as well as delivered several presentations on psychedelics to a variety of audiences.
Ben is a lover of biology, exercise, music, and consciousness. He’s passionate about cognitive liberty, self-realization, and psychedelic drugs.
Sherree & Ben are wife and husband whom share a mutual love of humanity, nature and interconnectedness. They envision a healthy society in which psychedelics are available in safe and supported settings for treatment of illness, psychospiritual healing and growth, exploration of consciousness, religious worship and celebration. They are ecstatic to present this workshop together, educate and empower peers on similar paths to help realize this vision for a raised collective.