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Thursday, September 10 • 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Re-imagining a Brave New World: Can Psychedelics be Catalysts for Therapy

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Can medications be used to accelerate the psychotherapeutic process? Psychotherapy catalyzed by psychedelic drugs has received considerable attention recently in both the evidenced-based literature and popular press. Because these drugs are typically only described as drugs of abuse, most mental health professionals know little of their potential therapeutic benefit. How could these compounds—historically associated with both traditional plant medicine and substance abuse—be useful to accelerate the psychotherapeutic process? This session will explore this question by examining the pharmacology, mechanism of action, and neurobiology of psilocybin, 3,4,-methylenedioxymethamphetmine (MDMA), and other psychedelic compounds, and their potential use in the treatment of end-of-life anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, and substance dependence.

avatar for Andrew Penn, RN, MS, NP, APRN-BC

Andrew Penn, RN, MS, NP, APRN-BC

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Kaiser Permanente, Redwood City, CA; Assistant Clinical Professor, University of California, San Francisco, CAAndrew Penn was trained as an adult nurse practitioner and psychiatric clinical nurse specialist at the University of California, San Francisco... Read More →

Thursday September 10, 2015 2:15pm - 3:30pm PDT

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