Introductory Therapist Workshop (16 and 17 November)
This introductory medicine-assisted therapy workshop will run over two days prior to the International Summit on Psychedelic Therapies for Mental Illness. This will be a first-of-its-kind opportunity in Australia for local medical professionals and mental health workers to gain direct insight and training into this approach from international therapists in the field.
This workshop will be facilitated by the Director of CIIS Centre for Psychedelic Therapies, Professor Janis Phelps (USA) with leading Psychotherapist and Founder of the UK TRIPP Network Maria Papaspyrou (UK) and Clinical Psychologist for the psilocybin trials at Imperial College, Renee Harvey (UK).
The workshop will introduce clinicians, psychotherapists, counsellors and those working in mental healthcare, to various approaches in psychedelic treatment for mental illness. Medicine-assisted therapy is not yet legal in Australia, outside of a research context. However, given the impressive early clinical evidence to date, and the near-term regulatory changes predicted in the US and EU subject to forthcoming data, these workshops will contribute to preparing the Australian context for regulatory changes in the coming years.
Mind Medicine Australia is also developing a Professional Development Program commencing in 2021. These workshops are an opportunity to ‘test the waters’ for those interested in training up as certified medicine-assisted therapists. When this treatment receives regulatory approval in Australia, there will be demand for clinicians trained in the safe and effective provision of medicine-assisted therapy.
The workshops will cover all three phases of medicine-assisted therapy: preparation, medicine session, and integration. Workshops will incorporate the theoretical (neuroscience, psychology, psychotherapy), practical (instruction in methods of service provision), and experiential elements of treatment (process learning that deepens and develops clinicians’ capacity).
We are delighted to extend an invitation to you and your colleagues to gather in Melbourne in November 2020.
Together we can change the paradigm for mental health.