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Expanded States of Consciousness, Analysis and Psychedelics

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Experts in the field of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, depth psychology, and the arts share their knowledge and ideas.

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FACULTY: SUSAN WILLIAMS, MFT, ORGANIZER AND PRESENTER; KAREN PEOPLES, PHD, CO-ORGANIZER AND PRESENTER;

WILLIAM A RICHARDS, PHD; DAVID PRESTI, PHD; FELICIA MATTO-SHEPARD, MFT; JIM MATTO-SHEPPARD, PHD; CHRIS STAUFFER, MD; GENESEE HERZBERG, PsyD; EVAN SOLA, PsyD; CHRISTINA INGENITO, LCSW; JEROME BRAUN, LMFT, IAAP; CHARLES DITHRICH, PHD, FRANCOISE BOURZAT, MA

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"I cannot cause light; the most I can do is try to put myself in the path of its beam. It is possible, in deep space, to sail on solar wind. Hone and spread your spirit till you yourself are a sail, whetted, translucent, broadside to the merest puff.”

— Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

"The main interest of my work is not concerned with the treatment of neurosis, but rather with the approach to the numinous. But the fact is that the approach to the numinous is the real therapy, and inasmuch as you attain to the numinous experiences you are released from the curse of pathology."

- C.G. Jung

Ground-breaking research into the use of psychedelics has shown great therapeutic potential for the treatment of difficult conditions such as PTSD, end-of-life anxiety and other conditions. This “psychedelic renaissance” has also opened up new vistas of possibility for healthy individuals engaging with the ordinary challenges of daily life yet longing for greater spiritual depth and meaning. What has emerged is the recognition that the healing potential comes not from the drug alone, but from the powerful numinous experiences that often emerge from these expanded states of consciousness — occurring within the context of a secure relationship with a therapist/guide in a contained setting. We will be exploring how a depth psychological perspective has been incorporated into current FDA-approved clinical trials targeting those struggling with hard-to-treat conditions. Leading with a strong clinical focus, we will explore the possibilities inherent in this work as well as the potential hazards and difficulties that may emerge. Issues related to transcendence, the nature of consciousness, unconscious transference and counter-transference, shadow material, and the relationship between the ego, Self and numinous experiences will be discussed.

DAVID PRESTI, PHD, has taught neurobiology and psychology at The University of California, Berkeley for nearly 30 years. For more than a decade he worked in the clinical treatment of addiction and PTSD at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. And for the past 15 years, he has been teaching neuroscience and conversing about science with Buddhist monastics in India, Bhutan, and Nepal.

WILLIAM A. RICHARDS, PHD, author of Sacred Knowledge: Psychedelics and Religious Experiences, from Johns Hopkins, has been conducting research with psilocybin for the past 20 years. At the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, 1967-1977, he studied psychedelics in the treatment of alcoholism, depression, narcotic addiction, the psychological distress of cancer patients, and also their educational potential for religious and mental health professionals.

SUSAN WILLIAMS, MFT, is a London trained Jungian personal/ supervising analyst and faculty at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. She has a practice in Berkeley, CA where she sees adults, adolescents, and children. She has published and taught on topics including the numinous, truth, expanded states of consciousness, aliveness and deadness and autistic states of mind. She is completing the MAPS MDMA Therapy Training Program.

KAREN PEOPLES, PHD, is a personal/supervising analyst and faculty at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California and Faculty at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis. She practices in San Francisco and Corte Madera, CA. She has published and presented on numerous analytic topics, including incest and social trauma, uncanny unconscious communication, transcendent and traumatic forms of emptiness, and unconscious bodily communication.

FELICIA MATTO-SHEPARD, MFT, is an analyst member of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco in private practice in Petaluma, CA. Felicia developed a creative process called Alchemical Art, a form of active imagination exploring the images and language of the soul. She trains psychotherapists throughout the Bay Area and facilitates public workshops in embodiment, creativity, and sexual desire.

JIM MATTO-SHEPARD, PHD, is a licensed psychologist specializing in somatic and relational therapies, a certified Soul Motion conscious dance teacher and a graduate of the California Institute of Integral Studies program in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. Jim has a lifetime passion for using consciousness changing technologies in groups and is currently part of a team developing a psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy clinic in Petaluma, CA.

CHRIS STAUFFER, MD, is dual board-certified in Psychiatry/Addiction Medicine and Assistant Professor at UCSF/SFVA. Clinically, he specializes in the treatment of substance use disorders and PTSD. His research combines social psychopharmacology (e.g., oxytocin, MDMA) with psychotherapy to treat PTSD and addiction, including his role as sub-investigator and lead therapist for Phase 3 MAPS-sponsored trials of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD at UCSF.

GENESEE HERZBERG, PsyD, is a psychologist, co-founder and clinical director at Sage Integrative Health, a holistic health and psychedelic therapy clinic in Berkeley, CA. She is also a therapist for the MAPS MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD research trials in San Francisco, CA.

EVAN SOLA, PsyD, is a psychological assistant in private practice in San Francisco, CA. He is a researcher in clinical trials for MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD at UCSF and in the Castro. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco and wrote his dissertation on themes of transformation emerging in combat veterans in MDMA-assisted psychotherapy sessions.

CHRISTINA INGENITO, LCSW, is a transpersonal and somatic psychotherapist with a private practice in Petaluma, CA. She works at the intersection of mystery, social justice, and empowerment. She is a certified psychedelic-assisted psychotherapist, co-founder of the Northern California Center for Integrative Psychotherapy, the first psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy clinic in Petaluma, CA, and was a subject in an MDMA clinical trial.

JEROME BRAUN, LMFT, IAAP, is a bilingual Spanish/English-speaking Jungian psychoanalyst practicing in San Francisco, CA. He trained at the C.G. Jung Institute, Zurich and he completed his training in Psychedelic Research & Therapy at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Jerome is intricately involved in the Shipibo ancestral lineage of healing through medicinal, psychedelic and sacred plants in the Peruvian Amazon.

CHARLES DITHRICH, PHD, is a core faculty member and a supervising analyst for the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California. He has taught extensively on Wilfred Bion, D.W. Winnicott, dreaming, and the uncanny. His interests include the intersections of mysticism and psychoanalysis. He works with adults, couples, and children in Oakland, CA.

FRANCOISE BOURZAT, MA is trained in Somatic Psychology, has been mentored in the Mexican Mazatec tradition of the sacred mushrooms and has been sharing her approach internationally for 30 years.

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