More than fifty years ago, Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert, two professors of psychology at Harvard, started exploring the mind expanding possibilities of a new drug called LSD, thus launching the psychedelic movement which still remains influential today. While Leary and Alpert envisaged a world that would become enlightened by "turning on, tuning in, and dropping out", it soon became clear that there were many dangers associated with the misuse of the drug, which earned it its status as a Class A drug. Still, LSD has had an undeniable impact on popular culture, and has transformed the lives of countless people, both for good and ill. More recently, other psychedelic drugs like ayahuasca have enjoyed a vogue as a powerful mind altering agent, and psychedelics like MDMA [Ecstacy] have proven to be a beneficial treatment for psychological trauma.
In this forum, we will discuss both the use and abuse of psychedelics, and how we should regard their potential impact on our clients. What do we need to know about psychedelics, and how do we get past both the hype and the hysteria to understand both the potential and peril of their use? As therapists, though we can never advocate the use of psychedelics for our clients, we will always benefit by having an informed understanding of what they are, and how they can be used and misused. Join us for what promises to be a lively and informative discussion.
Bob Chisholm is a psychotherapist and graduate of the Tariki Programme.
Buddhist Therapists Forum is a gathering of people interested in therapy and Buddhism. We usually host a speaker/facilitator who has an interesting perspective or methodology to share. Our programme is wide-ranging and draws on different spiritual and philosophical traditions as well as Buddhism, and on a broad range of therapeutic and psychological topics.
Forums are open to anyone with an interest, but most of those who attend are practising therapists, students on counselling programmes or others who work in the mental health field. If you are unsure about attending, do ask.
Tariki students can count forums towards peer learning requirement. We provide letters confirming attendance for CPD purposes.
Venue: The Buddhist House
Cost: £30 including lunch; Tariki students £20 including lunch
Booking: email firstname.lastname@example.org