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Psychedelics, Hallucinogens and Entheogens: What Clinicians Need to Know

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Peter H Addy, PhD, LPC, LMHC
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Jul 15, 2020
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Would you be able to spot your clients’ recreational use of psychedelics? What does psychedelic use mean for them (and you) in therapy? Would any of your clients benefit from a psychedelic experience? How will you know? How will you navigate the ethical dilemmas that may arise in session?

Many of us were taught nothing about psychedelics, or were given out-of-date information based on early Prohibition era stories and policies. Psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy is effective in the treatment of a variety of mental health conditions, and the FDA has both approved phase III clinical trials and expanded access. But there are gaps between clinician awareness of psychedelic use, how psychedelics are used in carefully designed clinical trials, and how your clients use them in the real world.

Complete this online training to bridge those gaps and confidently address your clients’ questions and experiences. You’ll acquire the skills you need to navigate common ethical dilemmas that may arise from talking with your clients about possibly illegal activity.

By completing this course, you’ll discover why clients use psychedelic substances and how this may impact their treatment.

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • Types of psychedelic substances & their effects
  • How & why psychedelics are used
  • How to talk to your clients about psychedelic substances
  • Updates on research of the effectiveness of psychedelics

Purchase today, and get need-to-know information on psychedelic substances, a better understanding of the research and navigate these changing times! 



This online program is worth 6.5 hours CPD.



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Peter H Addy, PhD, LPC, LMHC, has studied psychedelic substances and states and consciousness for 15 years. He earned a PhD in clinical psychology studying transcendence, wholeness, and transformation and conducted one of the earliest studies of the atypical psychedelic plant Salvia divinorum in humans. He continued refining his research and clinical skills at Yale University where he studied Salvia and other atypical psychedelics and co-founded the Yale Psychedelic Science Group. He has completed postdoctoral training in substance use disorder treatment, participated in non-directive harm reduction and integration training at Burning Man, and traveled to Mexico to learn about indigenous use of psychedelic plants among the Mazatec people. He is currently a psychotherapist in private practice in Washington and Oregon.

Dr. Addy has presented internationally on a variety of subjects related to spirituality and transpersonal states, psychedelic science, and research methodology. Participants consistently regarded his talks as informative, accessible, and humorous. He has written numerous scientific articles, book chapters, and popular press articles on typical and atypical psychedelics, substance abuse, and spirituality.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Peter Addy maintains a private practice and has an employment relationship with the Synaptic Training Institute. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Peter Addy has no relevant non-financial relationships.


  1. Analyze known mechanisms of action for psychedelics, MDMA, and dissociatives as they relate to case conceptualization.
  2. Evaluate recent clinical trials, other research on psychedelics, and their treatment implications.
  3. Determine contraindications to using psychedelics in therapy, as well as other potential risks of use.
  4. Appraise the basic concepts of psychedelic integration as related to clinical treatment.
  5. Utilize clinical strategies to talk about psychedelics when your clients bring up their experiences in session.
  6. Analyze the ethical challenges that may arise when discussing use of psychedelics in session.


Types of Psychedelic Substances: What You Need to Know

  • Classic Psychedelics: LSD, Psilocybin, Mescaline, DMT
  • Empathogens: MDMA
  • Dissociatives: Ketamine, Dextromethorphan, Nitrous Oxide
  • Complex Psychedelics: Ayahuasca, Ibogaine
  • Other Atypical Psychedelics: Salvia Divinorum, Cannabis

History & Context of Psychedelic Use: The Research

  • Epidemiology: Who uses, how, & how often
  • Pharmacology: How they work in the brain
  • Indigenous Use: How they work in culture
  • Safety
    • Addiction to psychedelics
    • MDMA is not ecstasy
    • Potency & purity of “street drugs”
    • Ibogaine & cardiac toxicity
  • Contemporary Research
    • PTSD
    • Addiction
    • End-of-life anxiety
    • Depression
    • OCD
    • Social anxiety

Legal Avenues for Experiencing Psychedelics: Paths Clients May Take

  • Clinical Trials for MDMA & psilocybin
  • Cultural Tourism
    • South American ayahuasca tourism
    • Central American mushroom tourism
  • Contemporary Tourism
    • Mushroom tourism in the Netherlands, Jamaica
  • Church for ayahuasca & peyote
  • Legal Psychedelics
    • Ketamine & cannabis clinics
    • The strange case of Salvia
  • Exercise: Discuss psychedelics with your client

Ethical Considerations for Your Clients

  • Sexual abuse in psychedelics communities
  • Outing & societal pushback
  • Isolation when your client has no community
  • Limitations of the related research

Ethical Considerations in the Therapy Room

  • Assessment strategies to determine high risk
  • The entropic brain theory
  • Diagnoses that may benefit from psychedelic experiences
  • How to talk about future illegal activity
  • Spiritual bypassing: Using psychedelics to avoid working on yourself
  • Exercise: Navigate ethical challenges

Psychotherapy Preparation & Integration

  • Non-directive counselling
  • Grounding techniques
  • The holotropic mind model
  • Exercise: Practice counselling techniques

Target Audience

  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Social Workers
  • Therapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Other Mental Health Professionals



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"great presentation!"

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