As psychedelic therapy becomes medicalized and more mainstream, the practices can inevitably become more standardized, mechanical, and "de-spiritualized." As the origins of medicine work come from Black and Indigenous people, how can the therapy integrate and honor its indigenous roots without appropriation (and is it possible)? With psychedelic therapy being inaccessible to a large demographic of folx, how can therapists support the integration process for folx who explore healing in personal and recreational containers? The presenter will explore these questions and share insights on integration from her work with psilocybin.
By the end of this session, participants will: 1) learn about the present challenges of medicalizing psychedelic therapy, 2) explore questions around cultural appropriation in psychedelic therapy (and the communal, environmental, and clinical harms that can happen as a result), 3) experience (through storytelling) insights from the presenter's work with psilocybin