Integrating Psychedelic Experiences
Ingmar Gorman M.A., Katherine MacLean, Ph.D., Julie Megler, N.P., and Tanya Maté, N.D.
Full-Day Workshop: Monday, April 24, 2017
The Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program (based in New York City), ERIE (Entheogenic Research, Integration, and Education, based in San Francisco, CA), and the Temple of the Way of Light (based in Iquitos, Peru) are offering a day-long workshop on "Integrating Psychedelic Experiences". This educational and interactive workshop will focus on the process by which psychedelic experiences can be incorporated over time into one’s life in a way that benefits the individual and their community. Workshop leaders will present guidelines, tools and best practices for how to work with the full range of experiences, from intensely positive and insightful to challenging and confusing. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in interactive group sessions where workshop leaders will illustrate the different approaches that they are using to support integration, facilitate positive life change and reduce potential harms associated with psychedelic use. This workshop is designed to be helpful for individuals interested in exploring psychedelic substances, those who are curious about how to help friends/family members who are using psychedelics, as well as clinicians looking to educate themselves on how to support clients who use psychedelics. Workshop presenters will include Katherine MacLean, Ph.D., Ingmar Gorman, M.A. of The Psychedelic Program, Julie Megler, MSN BP-NC of ERIE, and Tanya Maté, N.D., the Temple of the Way of Light’s Integration Director.
Ingmar Gorman, M.A., is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at the New School for Social Research. After receiving his B.A. from the New College of Florida, Ingmar served as a research assistant at the Prague Psychiatric Center and later at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He received clinical training at Mount Sinai/Beth Israel Hospital, Bellevue Hospital, and at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. He is currently continuing his training at Bellevue Hospital for his clinical internship year. Ingmar conducts psychotherapy research in MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD at the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). He is also the Administrative Director of the Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program at the Center for Optimal Living, a setting where clients may speak about their psychedelic experiences and gain psychotherapeutic support. Clinicians can also turn to this program to learn how to best work with patients who have a history of psychedelic use, to understand what are the potential benefits and risks associated with these substances, and how to provide optimal care. Ingmar’s primary interests include psychotherapy variables in drug-assisted psychotherapy, therapist training, psychoanalysis, and Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy for substance misuse.
Julie Megler, N.P., is a board certified nurse practitioner in psychiatry and family medicine. She received her Master’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Miami, Florida and post master’s certificate in psychiatry at the University of California-San Francisco. Julie maintains licenses in family medicine and psychiatry in an effort to close the gap between medical and psychiatric care, incorporating the mind/body connection for most effective treatment. She currently is in private practice in the San Francisco/Bay Area. Her practice focuses on integrative mental health services for emotional and physical well being, as well as integration of non-ordinary states of consciousness. In addition to her clinical work, Julie is on the board of directors of ERIE (Entheogenic Research, Integration, and Education). ERIE is a 501c3 non-profit organization based out of the San Francisco/Bay Area that focuses on integration and education of entheogens. She has presented on the topics of psychedelic risk reduction and therapeutic applications of ayahuasca at the Psychedelic Science Conference 2013, The Women’s Visionary Congress, Detroit’s First Entheogenic Conference, and the Visionary Convergence 2015. She has also co-authored chapters in the books Manifesting Minds and The Therapeutic Uses of Ayahuasca. As an experienced clinician, and activist for the psychedelic movement, Julie is dedicated to educating the community about safety and the therapeutic benefits of entheogens. Her particular emphasis on integration assists individuals to develop practices that bring insights from entheogenic work to daily life. You can learn more about Julie’s work at erievision.org & mindfulnp.com.
Katherine MacLean, Ph.D., is the Director of the Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program and a trained research scientist with a long-standing interest in the brain and the science of well-being. At the University of California, Davis, Katherine was supported by a NSF research fellowship to study the effects of mindfulness on well-being and brain function. As a postdoctoral research fellow and faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, she worked with Dr. Roland Griffiths and his team. Her research on psilocybin and personality change suggests that this class of medicines may play an important role in enhancing mental health, promoting emotional well-being, and creativity throughout the lifespan. Her current focus is the role of psychedelics and meditation in preparing individuals for end-of-life and healing trauma related to grief.
Tanya Maté, N.D., is the Integration Director at the Temple of the Way of Light, an ayahuasca healing centre that works with Shipibo healers in Peru. She is a naturopathic doctor, and is in an ongoing apprenticeship with her father-in-law, Dr. Gabor Maté, and his unique style of compassionate inquiry and ayahuasca processing. Tanya is based in Vancouver, Canada, and facilitates both individual and group integration sessions online, in addition to offering psychological screening calls for potential guests. She also facilitates workshops at the Temple, drawing on her clinical and experiential training, as well as her personal work with the plants, to help people interpret their ceremony experiences and set the stage for powerful integration in their day-to-day life. She is deeply committed to bridging shamanic and western worldviews in an accessible way that respects tradition. Tanya is passionate about helping people identify whatever is in the way of personal and interpersonal connection, and aims to help people build community and make practical changes that are grounded in reality, yet influenced by plant-spirit teachings. She works from a trauma-sensitive, biopsychosocial-spiritual understanding of health, believes that true healing is possible for each and every person, and wants your life to be awesome. Tanya was originally trained as a geneticist, and worked for years in research before pursuing a career in the healing professions. Her science background helps her to be just the right amount of skeptical, while maintaining a strong spiritual connection.
9-9:30 am: Intros, overview of the day, and the type of Integration Styles to be covered
9:30-10 am: Lecture• Julie D. Megler, M.S.N., N.P., will review the basic and essential components to integration, with a focus on preparation, practices and support for post psychedelic experiences, as well as the importance of intention, community, and reciprocity. (20 minute lecture, 10 minutes Q&A)
10-10:15 am: Break
10:15-10:45 am: Experiential• Katherine MacLean, Ph.D., will discuss the process of psychedelic integration in a group setting and present an experiential exercise that can be used to help group members connect with their body and breath in order to revisit and re-embody an intense psychedelic experience from their past.
10:45-10:55 am: Settle into 1st group
10:55-11:55 am: First group rotation
11:55am-1:25 pm: Lunch
1:25-1:55 pm: Lecture• Ingmar Gorman, Ph.D., will cover the identification of mental health crises and the integration of psychedelic experiences with individuals in psychotherapy and in the community. (20 minute talk, 10 minutes Q&A)
1:55pm-2:05 pm: Settle into 2nd group
2:05-3:05 pm: Second group rotation
3:05-3:20 pm: Break
3:20-3:50 pm: Lecture• Tanya Maté, N.D., will focus on the group processing of ayahuasca experiences as important groundwork for powerful integration in Westerners, including an emphasis on the healing of developmental trauma. She will discuss common challenges that people face in their integration processes, with the intent to share tools that maximize healing for everyone doing this work. (20 minute talk, 10 minutes Q&A)
3:50-4 pm: Settle into group 3
4-5 pm: Third Group Rotation
5-6 pm: Closing and Q&A