CONTINUING EDUCATION (CE)

Continuing Education (CE) units will be available for psychologists, social workers, MFTs, and nurses. At our 2017 conference, 76 conference presentations and 8 workshops are eligible for CE units. CE is available for $50, payable online or at the event. All CE forms will be available at the event. Sessions eligible for CE units will be listed on this page and marked CE.

Continuing Education units for psychologists are provided by The Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program and is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SCRC maintains responsibility for the program and its content. SCRC is a California Board of Registered Nursing Provider (BRN) and a Board of Behavioral Sciences Provider (BBS).

CE opportunities will be listed on the 3-Day Conference page.

Friday, April 21, 2017


The Implications of Consciousness Research for Psychiatry, Psychology, and Psychotherapy
Stanislav Grof, M.D., Ph.D.
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM • East Hall • CLINICALCE

On the Acute, Subacute and Antidepressant Effects of Ayahuasca
Draulio Barros de Araujo, Ph.D.
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM • Grand Ballroom • PLANTCE

Evaluating the Efficacy of Ayahuasca-Assisted Treatment for Substance Dependency
Anja Loizaga-Velder, Ph.D.
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM • Grand Ballroom • PLANTCE

Ayahuasca, Psychiatric Distress, and the Meaning of Life: Results from a Pilot Study in Peru
Brad Adams, Ph.D.
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM • Skyline Room • PLANTCE

Treating Alcohol-Related Disorders with Ayahuasca
Luís Fernando Tófoli, Ph.D.
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM • Grand Ballroom • PLANTCE

Psychedelic Use Predicts Reduced Suicidality: Findings From a Longitudinal Study of Women Sex Workers in Vancouver, Canada
Elena Argento, Ph.D. (cand.)
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM • Jr. Ballroom • INTERDISCCE

Therapeutic Potential of the Plant Salvia Divinorum
Peter Addy, Ph.D.
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM • Skyline Room PLANTCE

Breakthroughs in Psychedelic Research from the Beckley Foundation
Amanda Feilding
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM • East Hall • CLINICALCE

From Jungle To “Civilization": How Plant Medicines Can Promote Health In a Toxic Culture
Gabor Maté, M.D.
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM • Grand Ballroom • PLANTCE

Examining of the Effects of Pre- and Post-Ceremony Factors on Self-Reported Therapeutic Experiences to Identify Preliminary Guidelines for Health Care Practitioners Regarding the Ritualized Use of Ayahuasca
Melanie Oliveira, B.Sc. (Hons.), Psy.D. (cand.)
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM • Skyline Room • PLANTCE

Psychedelic Research at the Beckley/Imperial Research Programme
David Nutt, M.D.
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM • East Hall • CLINICALCE

Nourishing the Spirit: Exploratory Research on Ayahuasca Experiences Along the Continuum of Recovery from Eating Disorders
Adele Lafrance, C. Psych.
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM • Skyline Room • PLANTCE

Long-Term Effects of Ayahuasca on the Quality of Life, Well-Being and Health of Western Users: A Longitudinal Study
Debora González, Ph.D.
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM • Grand Ballroom • PLANTCE

An Examination of Psychological Healing with Ayahuasca
Clancy Cavnar, Psy.D.
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM • Grand Ballroom • PLANTCE

Psychedelics as Catalysts for Transformation
Claudio Naranjo, M.D.
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM • Jr. Ballroom • INTERDISCCE

Cannabidiol in the Treatment of Anxiety: A Large Case Series
Scott Shannon, M.D., ABIHM
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM • Skyline Room • PLANTCE

The Psychological and Neurophysiological Effects of Music in Combination with Psychedelics
Mendel Kaelen, Ph.D. (cand.) 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM • East Hall • CLINICALCE

Ayahuasca Legal Prosecution Worldwide: Connecting the Dots
Benjamin De Loenen, M.A.
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM • Grand Ballroom • PLANTCE

Bob Jesse
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM • Jr. Ballroom • INTERDISCCE

Cancer at the Dinner Table: Experiences of Psilocybin-Assisted Psychotherapy for the Treatment of Cancer-Related Psychological Distress
T. Cody Swift, M.A.
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM • Skyline Room • INTERDISCCE

Psilocybin-Assisted Therapy for Depression Increases Amygdala Reactivity After Therapy, While Reducing Symptoms
Leor Roseman, B.Sc.
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM • East Hall • CLINICALCE

Ayahuasca Practices as Intangible Cultural Heritage: A New Piece in the Drug Policy Puzzle?
Constanza Sánchez Avilés, Ph.D.
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM • Grand Ballroom • PLANTCE

Psilocybin Enhances Mindfulness-Related Capabilities in a Meditation Retreat Setting: A Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled fMRI Study
Milan Scheidegger, M.D., Ph.D., MA ETH HPK
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM • Jr. Ballroom • INTERDISCCE

Saturday, April 22, 2017


History of MDMA
Torsten Passie, M.D., Ph.D.
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM • East Hall • CLINICALCE

Peyote: Plant Medicine for the Body, Mind, and Soul
Stacy B. Schaefer, Ph.D.
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM • Jr. Ballroom • PLANTCE

David Nichols, Ph.D.
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM • Grand Ballroom • CLINICALCE

Harriet de Wit
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM • East Hall • CLINICALCE

Franz Vollenweider, M.D., FMH Psych.
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM • Grand Ballroom • CLINICALCE

New Findings from the University of Zurich Studies Into the Mechanism of Action of Psilocybin and LSD: Relevance for Treatment of Major Depression and for Enhancement of Psychotherapy
Rainer Krähenmann, M.D.
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM • Grand Ballroom • INTERDISCCE

Peyote as Medicine: An Examination of Therapeutic Factors that Contribute to Healing
Kevin Feeney
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM • Jr. Ballroom • PLANTCE

Peyote’s Race Problem
Alexander Dawson, Ph.D.
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM • Jr. Ballroom • PLANTCE

Boris Heifets
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM • East Hall • CLINICALCE

Peyote Dreams: From Collective Ritual to Personal Treatment?
Diana Negrín, Ph.D.
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM • Jr. Ballroom • PLANTCE

Aftercare Needs Related to Pilot Participant Data from the Ongoing Double Blind Placebo-Controlled Psilocybin for Alcohol Dependence Clinical Trial at NYU
Samantha Podrebarac, M.Sc.
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM • Skyline Room • INTERDISCCE

Ibogaine and Opioid Withdrawal: Does it Work and is it Safe?
Paul Glue, M.D., FRC Psych
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM • Skyline Room • PLANTCE

Marcela Ot'alora, M.A., L.P.C., Bruce Poulter, R.N., M.P.H.
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM • East Hall • CLINICALCE

Ibogaine in Brazil: Finally Stepping out from the Underground?
Bruno Rasmussen Chaves, M.D.
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM • Skyline Room • PLANTCE

Carla Nasca
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM • Grand Ballroom • INTERDISCCE

Enhanced Improvisation in Brain Processing by LSD: Exploring Neural Correlates of LSD Experience With Connectome-Specific Harmonic Waves
Selen Atasoy, Ph.D.
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM • Grand Ballroom • INTERDISCCE

The Impact of Ayahuasca-Assisted Therapy for Addiction and Stress Among a Rural First Nations Community in Canada: a Qualitative Analysis
Gerald Thomas
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM • Jr. Ballroom • PLANTCE

Plant Medicine or Psychedelic Medicine? Understanding the Healing Processes with Ayahuasca and Ibogaine
Bruno Ramos Gomes, M.A.
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM • Skyline Room • PLANTCE

“Ibogaine Works”: Examining the Effectiveness of a Psychedelic Drug Treatment from an Anthropological Perspective
Shana Harris, Ph.D.
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM • Jr. Ballroom • PLANTCE

Panel: Ibogaine
Geoff Noller, Ph.D., Thomas Kingsley Brown, Ph.D.
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM • Jr. Ballroom • INTERDISCCE

The Therapeutic Potential of Kratom
O. Hayden Griffin, III, Ph.D.
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM • Jr. Ballroom • PLANTCE

The Use of Cannabis as a Substitute for Opiate and Non-Opiate Based Pain Medication
Amanda Reiman, Ph.D.
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM • Jr. Ballroom • PLANTCE

Ibogaine and Neurotrophic Factors: GDNF, BDNF, and NGF Releasing Properties of Ibogaine and Activity of Novel Ibogaine Analogues
Ignacio Carrera, Ph.D
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM • Skyline Room • PLANTCE

Conflict and Transformation in Mazatec and Outsiders' Views of the Therapeutic Value of Mushroom Use in Huautla
Ben Feinberg, Ph.D.
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM • Jr. Ballroom • PLANTCE

Sunday, April 23, 2017


What Do the Spirits Do? Towards an Understanding of the Psychological Mechanisms of Transformation
José Carlos Bouso, Ph.D.
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM • Grand Ballroom • PLANTCE

Examining "Bad Trips": Acute and Enduring Positive and Negative Consequences of Challenging Experiences with Psilocybin
Darrick May
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM • East Hall • CLINICALCE

Whole Organisms or Pure Compounds? Entourage Effect versus Drug Specificity
Sidarta Ribeiro, Ph.D.
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM • Grand Ballroom • PLANTCE

Neural Correlates of Responses to Psilocybin During Meditation and Music Listening
Frederick Barrett
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM • East Hall • CLINICALCE

Integrating Plant Medicines and Psychiatry: Theory and Methods of a Model Clinic
Jordan Sloshower, M.D.
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM • Grand Ballroom • PLANTCE

Johns Hopkins Psilocybin Research Project: Studies of Mystical Experience, Adverse Effects, Meditation in Healthy Volunteers, and Palliative Effects in Cancer Patients
Roland Griffiths, Ph.D.
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM • East Hall • CLINICALCE

Drug Ethnography and Clinical Trials: Designing a Psilocybin Therapy Protocol
Brian Anderson, M.D.
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM • Grand Ballroom • PLANTCE

Love and Connection in Psilocybin-Facilitated Mystical Experience Research
Mary Cosimano, M.S.W.
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM • East Hall • CLINICALCE

Ayahuasca and the “Diet”: Some Cross-Cultural Considerations
Alex Gearin, Ph.D.
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM • Grand Ballroom • PLANTCE

Remembering Salvador Roquet
Stanley Krippner, Ph.D.
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM • Jr. Ballroom • INTERDISCCE

Indoleamine Hallucinogens in the Treatment of Cluster Headache
Emmanuelle Schindler, M.D., Ph.D.
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM • Skyline Room • INTERDISCCE

Psychedelics as Behavior Change Agents: Addiction Recovery and Beyond
Matthew Johnson, Ph.D.
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM • East Hall • CLINICALCE

Psychedelic-Assisted Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder: A Clinical Perspective
Michael Bogenshutz, M.D,
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM • East Hall • CLINICALCE

Beyond Ayahuasca: Occurrence and Biological Activities of Some Naturally Occurring ß-carbolines
Dennis McKenna, Ph.D.
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM • Grand Ballroom • PLANTCE

The Varieties of Religious Leaders’ Experiences: The NYU Clinical Trial on Psilocybin-Generated Mystical Experience in Religious Leaders
Anthony P. Bossis, Ph.D.
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM • East Hall • CLINICALCE

Psilocybin for Cancer-Related Anxiety and Depression: NYU Phase 2 Randomized Controlled Trial and Proposed Mechanisms
Stephen Ross, Ph.D.
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM • East Hall • CLINICALCE

Ayahuasca for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Assessing Risks and Benefits through Anonymous Community Feedback
Jessica Nielson, Ph.D.
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM • Grand Ballroom • PLANTCE

Biological Effects of Ayahuasca in Human Neural Stem Cells and Minibrains
Stevens Rehen, Ph.D.
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM • Grand Ballroom • PLANTCE

Salvinorin-A: A Perception-Modifying Drug with a Unique Neurophysiological Profile
Jordi Riba, Ph.D.
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM • Grand Ballroom • PLANTCE

Exploring Psychoanalytic Themes and Therapeutic Alliance in MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy
Emily Williams, M.D.
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM • Skyline Room • INTERDISCCE

Jeffrey Guss, M.D.
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM • East Hall • CLINICALCE

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