Healing Mysticism: New Approaches to the Study of Psychedelic Drugs (SKU: AH-P-294)
Futurehealth Plenary Talk by Thomas Brod
With the recent fMRI study of mystical states in nuns (Beauregard) and ground-breaking study of positive effects of psilocybin-induced mystical states (Griffiths), consciousness study has taken a new turn into the empiric, Although psilocybin has been used for centuries for religious purposes, relatively little is known scientifically about its acute and persisting effects. In response to the epidemic of hallucinogen abuse that occurred in the 1960s, clinical research largely ceased and has resumed only recently. This presentation will review present-day research into mystical states and end-of-life experiences with psilocybin and introduce leading-edge psychoanalytic theory of unitive states.
Healing Mysticism: Deep Psychotherapy and Unitive States (SKU: AH-W2-307)
Futurehealth WinterBrain 2 hour workshop by Thomas Brod
Research into psychotherapy with psychedelic drugs was in its infancy when federally supported research into such drugs was essentially halted in 1965. Competing models of ?psychedelic vs psycholytic? therapy were left with unfilled promise, and the dominant model of psychoanalysis at the time, ego psychology, had little to contribute to the discourse. In this workshop, the present-day work of Toronto-based Professor of Religious Studies and psychoanalyst Dan Merkur will be the springboard for a new consideration of the potential therapeutic application of drug-enduced mystical states.
Trauma and Recovery: The Integration of Neurofeedback and Psychotherapy (SKU: AH-W4-290)
Futurehealth Workshop by Sebern Fisher
Post-traumatic stress disorder is, at its foundation, a disorder of the brain, particularly of the brain's ability to regulate fear. The brain oscillates between high sympathetic arousal as manifest in nightmares and startle responses and parasympathic under arousal, manifest at its worst in dissociation. PTSD is a brain in the grip of fear. The regulation of fear is the single most important contribution neurofeedback makes in the remediation of PTSD.
This workshop will focus on the integration of neurofeedback and psychotherapy in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, both acute and chronic.