The Brooklyn Psychedelic Society is pleased to introduce our first Psychedelic Education course, Becoming a Psychedelic Good Samaritan with Katherine MacLean, PhD.
Psychedelics are making a comeback, both in clinical research and in intentional or recreational use. This new reality presents certain opportunities as well as challenges. Psychedelics such as psilocybin mushrooms, LSD, ayahuasca, and MDMA can bring about profound experiences, from intensely blissful, healing and liberating to hellish, frighening and confusing. And the support and guidance someone receives in the days and weeks after a big experience often affects whether they benefit fully from the experience or narrowly escape a harmful outcome. How can we best support ourselves, our friends, and our loved ones in exploring this new landscape?
This 4-part weekly course is designed to provide a lay person’s framework and guidelines for understanding the basics of psychedelic effects, key principles of harm reduction (before, during and immediately after a psychedelic experience), as well as opportunities, stumbling blocks, resources, and red flags during the relatively long period of integrating the experience into daily life. The course will include educational presentations by Dr. Katherine MacLean, a psychedelic scientist and integration guide who trained at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, as well as facilitated discussion, Q/A and experiential (interpersonal, one-on-one) practice with example scenarios. Dr. MacLean will also present a variety of techniques for working with past psychedelic or otherwise intense life experiences.
It’s suggested that individuals attend all 4 parts of the course to receive the full training, but each class will be understandable and useful on its own. This is a unique opportunity to receive the highest level of education and training in psychedelic harm reduction and integration by one of the world’s leading experts in the field. Please note that most psychedelic substances are currently illegal in most countries (some legal exceptions are made when certain substances are used in a religious ceremony, or as part of approved clinical research), and this course does not presume or encourage any participant to use psychedelics. This course is open to anyone regardless of past experience or knowledge with psychedelics, and the framework and guidelines presented can be helpful for understanding other types of intense life experiences outside of psychedelics, such as birth, illness, death, loss, and spiritual experiences. You will walk away feeling confident in your ability to aid someone preparing for, going through, or integrating powerful experiences.
Katherine MacLean, PhD is a research psychologist with expertise in studying the effects of mindfulness meditation and psychedelics on cognitive performance, emotional well-being, spirituality, and brain function. As a postdoctoral research fellow and faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, she conducted clinical trials of psilocybin, the primary chemical found in “magic mushrooms”, and other psychedelic compounds. Her groundbreaking research on psilocybin and personality change suggests that psychedelic medicines can enhance openness to new experiences and promote mental health and emotional well-being throughout the lifespan. Dr. MacLean is the founding director of the Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program in New York, where she leads training workshops, educational seminars, and monthly integration groups focused on increasing awareness and reducing risks of psychedelic use. She is also a Zendo Project volunteer (psychedelic harm reduction at festivals) and a co-investigator and study therapist in the MAPS-sponsored Phase 3 clinical trial of MDMA-assisted therapy for PTSD.
PLEASE NOTE: Each course will be limited to 30 people. Get your tickets early if you’d like to secure your spot : ) Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. Thank you.