Neurophysiological & Psychological Mechanisms of Entactogens in Psychotherapy
Anecdotal and scientiﬁc reports about the potential therapeutic effects of entactogens like MDMA, MDE and MDA can be found in the literature since the late 1960s. In the evaluation for the scheduling of MDMA by the appropriate World Health Organization committee in the mid 1980s it was explicitly stated that because of the accumulated evidence for their therapeutic potential governments should give permissions “to facilitate research in this interesting substance”. Recently, two methodologically sound studies about the treatment of PTSD with MDMA- assisted psychotherapy were completed and showed promising results. Empirical evidence from therapeutic work showed some speciﬁc psychophysiological and psychodynamic effects of these substances. Additionally, it can be demonstrated from neuroimaging studies that the entactogenic substances have very speciﬁc neurophysiological effects, which may be helpful in therapeutic work with traumatized people. The author has studied both levels of these effects in-depth and will give a systematic overview of the typical psychological effects, their inﬂuence on psychotherapeutic processing, and relate these to their acute neurophysiological effects.
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.
This video was produced by Teal Sievers of Living Dream Films (http://www.livingdreamfilms.com).
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