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CE Event: Shamanic Perspectives on Healing: Integrative Perspectives

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Green Hall - Alliant University

10455 POMERADO RD

San Diego, CA 92131

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**PLEASE NOTE: All professionals are welcome and encouraged to attend! However CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS ARE FOR PSYCHOLOGISTS ONLY.**

2 CE's, pending approval.

~Wine and cheese reception starts at 6:00pm~


Drawing from his first hand experience at Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual, a traditional healing center near Iquitos in the Peruvian Amazon, Dr. Tafur will review the role of emotional and spiritual healing in modern healthcare. These often neglected dimensions of healing, which address what we feel and believe, are central in traditional healing approaches because of their core influence on our being. He will discuss how emotional trauma contributes to medical illness, and how spiritual healing techniques can lead to improvements in the mind-body and mental health. Ayahuasca shamanism and evidence-based psychedelic-assisted therapies may be effective because of their ability to induce relevant changes in epigenetic imprints associated with emotional trauma stored in the psychoneuroendocrine immunologic network, which Dr. Tafur theorizes is the physiologic manifestation of the emotional body. These ideas and his work in the Amazon have inspired the Modern Spirit Epigenetics Project, a direct collaboration with the USC Dept. of Psychiatry and the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). In this study we are evaluating the epigenetic impact of MDMA-assisted Psychotherapy in the treatment of PTSD.


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Dr. Joe Tafur, MD, is a Colombian-American family physician originally from Phoenix, Arizona. After completing his family medicine training at UCLA, Dr. Tafur spent two years in academic research at the UCSD Department of Psychiatry in a lab focused on mind-body medicine. After his research fellowship, over a period of six years, he lived and worked in the Peruvian Amazon at the traditional healing center Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual. There he worked closely with master Shipibo healer Ricardo Amaringo and trained in ayahuasca shamanism. In his new book The Fellowship of the River: A Medical Doctor’s Exploration into Traditional Amazonian Plant Medicine, through a series of stories, Dr. Tafur shares his unique experience and integrative medical theories. To learn more about his work, visit drjoetafur.com and modernspirit.org.

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