New Therapies for Depression, OCD, PTSD and Anxiety
What you'll learn
- Understand the therapeutic role that psychedelics can play in mental health
- Appreciate how MDMA or psilocybin can help us heal from psychological trauma
- Learn how our brains can get relief from PTSD, intractable depression, OCD and anxiety.
- Develop a broader range of options for psychotherapeutic interventions
- An interest in emerging trends in psychological issues and treatments that lead to improved mental health.
Understand how psychological conditions that are complex and difficult to treat are meeting with new success. In particular, how the careful use of certain hormones, anesthetics and psychedelic substances are improving the lives of people with: treatment-resistant depression, post-traumatic stress disorders, anxiety about death & dying, addictions, and obsessive-compulsive rigidity.
In addition, you will learn about the importance of the proper therapeutic context in administering these substances as well as processing the experience afterwards. In the past, problems developed when certain "gurus" advocated for the unsupervised use of drugs such as LSD and natural substances with psychedelic effects such as psilocybin or blue mushrooms. Now, we understand how important the right setting and guidance can be for undertaking an experience within your mind that can persist for 4-6 hours or more. Afterwards, we need to develop insights about what occurred during "the trip" and how such new insights can inform our choices and habits in the future. The careful administration and supervision of these powerful substances must be emphasized.
Get more clarity regarding what's happening inside the human brain during these interventions (or "trips"). Understand the power of our Default Mode Network (DMN) and how it's top-down structure can prevent other structures in the brain from communicating. When undergoing an experience with MDMA or magic mushrooms, the DMN relaxes to enable unique sensory experiences to emerge and inform our lives. Join me in gaining more insights about these emerging therapeutic options.
Who this course is for:
- Anyone with an interest in new psychotherapeutic interventions
I have a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Chicago and I'm a full-time faculty member in the Psychology Department at a large state university in California. I have taught at the college level for more than 20 years. I teach both in-person and online. Currently, I lecture on Abnormal Psychology, Critical Thinking, and the Field Placement Courses on a regular basis for students at our university. I love being with students in any sort of learning environment.