Psychedelic Therapy and Change: Research, Challenges, Implications
This talk introduced tracks 2 and 3 for the conference, and discussed Dr. Goldsmith’s research. Dr. Goldsmith began by discussing the tracks in a historical perspective, and will then outline the research environment, focus, and results from 1947 to the present, outlining how the climate has changed over the decades, the key research areas (substance abuse, end-of-life, etc.) and ﬁndings, and the current research underway and planned. Next, this talk will examine key questions: Can psychedelics provide lasting cures? Is psychedelic spirituality real; helpful? Should we take a medical, sacramental, or some other approach to this work? Is double blind effective; necessary? How will psychedelic researchers and therapists be trained? What should be done about re-scheduling psychedelics? How can we introduce psychedelics into mainstream medicine; society? Next, Dr. Goldsmith will discuss how medicine, science, and Western culture as a whole could be changed by the re-integration of psychedelics into society. The talk will close with a review of the aims and approaches of the Therapy/ Cultural track, and outlining how the panels in the track will help to address the issues raised in this talk.
This video is from Psychedelic Science in the 21st Century, a conference taking in place in San Jose, California on April 15-18, 2010. The conference was organized by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) in collaboration with the Heffter Research Institute, the Council on Spiritual Practices, and the Beckley Foundation.
Medical doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and other health professionals can earn Continuing Medical Education/Continuing Education (CME/CE) credits by viewing these videos through the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) at spiritualcompetency.com.
This video was produced by Teal Sievers of Living Dream Films (livingdreamfilms.com).
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